The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground 1966

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Some Velvet Underground fanatics find this hour-long or so live performance to be of considerable historical importance. The fact is, though, that even most Velvets fans will find this a chore to sit through. No vocals here, just a constant pulsating instrumental drone on two half-hour tracks, with occasional hints of faint, wordless vocals (by Nico?). As the Velvets often played in such a fashion in their early days, when they were providing the "soundtrack" of sorts for Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable light-show-performance-art-multimedia events, this could be taken as an instructive illustration of an important facet of their live work. But the sound isn't very good. Although there's no label for this vinyl bootleg, which has been widely available over the years, it does, curiously, have a catalog number (104025-A).

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