Self-titled Velvet Underground reissue box set due in November

Jeff Terich
Velvet Underground self-titled reissue

The Velvet Underground reissue campaign rolls on this fall with with the continuation of deluxe releases from the legendary band’s catalog. On November 24, Polydor/UMe will release a six-disc box set 45th anniversary reissue of the group’s self-titled third album, which features the original album, two discs of live material, alternate mixes, and most exciting of all, the “1969 sessions,” which comprise an unfinished and unreleased album’s worth of material from the band’s vaults. Some of the songs will be a little familiar to bands, like early version of “Andy’s Chest” from Lou Reed’s Transformer, or “Rock and Roll” from the Velvet Underground’s 1970 album Loaded. In any case, it’s a wealth of rare material to have.

There are 65 tracks included on the reissue in total. In contrast to the band’s 1968 album White Light/White Heat, The Velvet Underground was a dramatic departure from the group, turning down the noise in favor of a more meditative and quieter sound, which influenced groups like Galaxie 500 and Mazzy Star, and may have been the first true slowcore album. It was also the band’s first album after John Cale’s departure, and first to feature Doug Yule. Check out the tracklist below.

The Velvet Underground reissue tracklist:

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
(1969 Mono single)
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)

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

 

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