The Velvet Underground


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The impact of this bootleg has been blunted by the VU compilation, which presented the four key late-'60s outtakes here in vastly superior sound. At the time, though, it was a revelation for fans of their booming cult, and the remaining six tracks are intriguing listening, if you can track down a copy. There are four mid-'60s garage-rock tunes that Reed played, sang, and either wrote or co-wrote for shoddy exploitation labels as a member of The Primitives, the Roughnecks, and the Beachnuts; crude and more crassly pop than anything The Velvets attempted, they nonetheless betray clear hints of things to come. It also has a couple of sound collages from 1966 and 1967 with marginal Velvet participation that ended up on a rare album and flexi-disc; these are collectibles and nothing more.