The Velvet Underground

La Cave 1968

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The sound quality is low grade on this back-of-the-room bootleg cassette, but the Velvet Underground turn in a fantastic performance in this small Cleveland coffeehouse. There are only a few live recordings available from this key period, between White Light/White Heat and the self-titled third album. This alone makes La Cave 1968 a historic document worthy of exploration, even if it's a little difficult to penetrate. It is also worth noting that many of these songs were played live for the first time in this set, and this is Doug Yule's first live performance with the group, alongside core members Maureen Tucker, Sterling Morrison, and Lou Reed.

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