The Velvet Underground :: The Matrix Sampler

The bones of the Velvet Underground's carcass have been picked over many, many times since Lou Reed left the group in the summer of 1970, from greatest (non) hits comps to outtakes collections to live albums. Most recently, the band's epochal debut was given the "super deluxe" treatment in the form of a six-disc box set crammed with alternate mixes, audience recordings and rehearsals. But after all these years, is it still possible that some of the Velvets' greatest work remains unreleased and mostly unheard? Absolutely.

In late 1969, Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, Doug . . .

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