Velvet Underground Celebrate 45th Anniversary with 6-CD Set

This super deluxe edition commemorates the band's 1969 self-titled 3rd album.
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Celebrating their 45th anniversary, The Velvet Underground will release a 65-track, six-CD package via Polydor/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) on November 24, 2014. This incredible collection is housed in a case-bound book and features several different mixes, including the remastered stereo mix by MGM house engineer Luis Pastor “Val” Valentin, previously unreleased recordings from 1969, as well as live recordings from The Matrix in San Francisco and liner notes by Rolling Stone editor, David Fricke.

The Velvet Underground - 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition commemorates their classic self-titled third album, released in March 1969 by MGM. The Velvet Underground was the first album produced and arranged by the band themselves and Lou Reed described it as a "stylistic leap" for the band in David Fricke's liner notes. Fricke calls it “a stunning turnaround… 10 tracks of mostly warm, explicit sympathy and optimism, expressed with melodic clarity, set in gleaming double-guitar jangle and near-whispered balladry." As the late rock critic Lester Bangs put it, “How do you define a group like this, who moved from ‘Heroin’ to ‘Jesus’ in two short years?” 

DISC ONE: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND (“The Val Valentin Mix”)

1. CANDY SAYS
2. WHAT GOES ON
3. SOME KINDA LOVE
4. PALE BLUE EYES
5. JESUS
6. BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT
7. I’M SET FREE
8. THAT’S THE STORY OF MY LIFE
9. THE MURDER MYSTERY
10. AFTER HOURS

DISC TWO: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND (“The Closet Mix”)

1. CANDY SAYS
2. WHAT GOES ON
3. SOME KINDA LOVE
4. PALE BLUE EYES
5. JESUS
6. BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT
7. I’M SET FREE
8. THAT’S THE STORY OF MY LIFE
9. THE MURDER MYSTERY
10. AFTER HOURS
11. BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT (alternate “Closet Mix”)

DISC THREE: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND (“Promotional Mono Mix”)

1. CANDY SAYS
2. WHAT GOES ON
3. SOME KINDA LOVE
4. PALE BLUE EYES
5. JESUS
6. BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT
7. I’M SET FREE
8. THAT’S THE STORY OF MY LIFE
9. THE MURDER MYSTERY
10. AFTER HOURS

Mono Single released April 1969
11. WHAT GOES ON
12. JESUS

DISC FOUR: 1969 SESSIONS
1. FOGGY NOTION (original 1969 mix) +
2. ONE OF THESE DAYS (new 2014 mix) +
3. LISA SAYS (new 2014 mix) +
4. I'M STICKING WITH YOU (original 1969 mix) +
5. ANDY'S CHEST (original 1969 mix) +
6. CONEY ISLAND STEEPLECHASE (new 2014 mix)+
7. OCEAN (original 1969 mix)
8. I CAN'T STAND IT (new 2014 mix) +
9. SHE'S MY BEST FRIEND (original 1969 mix) +
10. WE’RE GONNA HAVE A REAL GOOD TIME TOGETHER (new 2014 mix) +
11. I'M GONNA MOVE RIGHT IN (original 1969 mix)
12. FERRYBOAT BILL (original 1969 mix)
13. ROCK & ROLL (original 1969 mix)
14. RIDE INTO THE SUN (new 2014 mix) +
 + previously unreleased mixes

DISC FIVE: LIVE AT THE MATRIX November 26 & 27, 1969 (Part 1)

1. I’M WAITING FOR THE MAN *
2. WHAT GOES ON *
3. SOME KINDA LOVE **
4. OVER YOU *
5. WE’RE GONNA HAVE A REAL GOOD TIME TOGETHER *
6. BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT **
7. LISA SAYS **
8. ROCK & ROLL **
9. PALE BLUE EYES *
10. I CAN’T STAND IT ANYMORE *
11. VENUS IN FURS *
12. THERE SHE GOES AGAIN *

DISC SIX: LIVE AT THE MATRIX November 26 & 27, 1969 (Part 2)

1. SISTER RAY ***
2. HEROIN *
3. WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT **
4. I’M SET FREE *
5. AFTER HOURS *
6. SWEET JANE **

All mixes previously unreleased.
* previously unreleased performance
** different source mix of this performance appears on 1969: The Velvet Underground Live
*** different source mix of this performance appears on The Quine Tapes Box Set

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