The Velvet Underground

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1 Candy Says 04:04 192/24 Album only
2 What Goes On 04:55 192/24 Album only
3 Some Kinda Love 04:03 192/24 Album only
4 Pale Blue Eyes 05:42 192/24 Album only
5 Jesus 03:26 192/24 Album only
6 Beginning To See The Light 04:40 192/24 Album only
7 I'm Set Free 04:04 192/24 Album only
8 That's The Story Of My Life 02:04 192/24 Album only
9 The Murder Mystery 08:53 192/24 Album only
10 After Hours 02:07 192/24 Album only

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The Velvet Underground’s classic self-titled third album, released in March 1969, by MGM, was a departure from the band’s first two albums in more ways than one. Gone was co-founding member John Cale, and in his place was a 21-year-old with Long Island roots named Doug Yule, who stepped right in. The record was also a stylistic leap, as Lou Reed describes it in Rolling Stone editor David Fricke’s liner notes, “I thought we had to demonstrate the other side of us. 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. Or 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?”

How indeed do you describe an album which includes such classics as “Candy Says,” Reed’s ode to Warhol superstar Candy Darling; the aching love song “Pale Blue Eyes,” allegedly inspired by a girlfriend at Syracuse University who got away, with lead vocals by Yule; the inspiring “Beginning to See The Light”; the spoken-word narrative and musique concrete of “The Murder Mystery,” and the beautiful Maureen Tucker-sung “After Hours”?

The Velvet Underground was the first album produced and arranged by the band themselves. Disc One of this collection contains the album stereo mix by MGM house engineer Luis Pastor “Val” Valentin, a veteran of sessions for Ella Fitzgerald and Stan Getz, recorded at T.T.G. Studios in Hollywood, while the band was staying at the Chateau Marmont. The second disc features what Sterling Morrison dubbed “The Closet Mix,” which Reed described as a way to “get directly to somebody, unfiltered… So, if you listen to the record, it’s like sitting across from you.” This was the original version on the 1969 pressings of the album, later replaced by yet another Val Valentin stereo mix. The third disc features “the promotional mono mix” of the album, including a mono version of the first single, “What Goes On” b/w “Jesus.”

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