The Velvet Underground

Live '68

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A bootleg, despite the official-looking Australian address on the back. If only the sound was better, this would be a significant find. Recorded with a mono cassette recorder in October 1968 at a Cleveland club, shortly after Doug Yule replaced John Cale, the band really cooks here, especially on "I Can't Stand It," with riveting distorted guitar riff exchanges. "What Goes On" and the obscure Reed compositions "Move Right In" and "Foggy Notion" (a ten-minute version of the latter) also hold interest. But the vocals are faint and the sonics extremely tinny; for that reason, it's nothing you could place in remotely the same league as the official 1969: Velvet Underground Live. Also included is an April 1968 version of "Heroin," with Cale still in the band.