Just about 50 years ago, the Velvet Underground — what was left of them anyway — was putting the finishing touches on Loaded. The band’s leader, Lou Reed, wouldn’t make it to the finish line, though. Worn out, he ditched the band and moved back to his parents’ home on Long Island in the midst of a summerlong residency at Max’s Kansas City.
Despite all the amputations, Lou left ’em with a masterpiece, a veritable jukebox of perfect pop rock. Loaded has been rightly celebrated plenty over the decades, but what the hell, let’s celebrate it a little more. This latest Unearthed mix cobbles together an alternate version of the LP via some tasty live recordings, rehearsal tapes, backstage jams and other obscurities. Recording quality varies wildly, performance quality is great throughout. Heavenly wine & roses await. | t wilcox
Intro / Who Loves The Sun – Lou Reed & The Tots, Leicester 1972 / Sweet Jane – The Velvet Underground, San Francisco, 1969 / Rock & Roll – Doug Yule + Moe Tucker, Dallas 1969 / Cool It Down – Lou Reed & The Tots, London 1972 / New Age – The Velvet Underground, Springfield, 1970 / Head Held High – The Velvet Underground, NYC, 1970 / Lonesome Cowboy Bill – The Velvet Underground, NYC 1970 / I Found A Reason – The Velvet Underground, Dallas, 1969 / Train ‘Round The Bend – The Velvet Underground, Philadelphia, 1970 / Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ – The Velvet Underground, Amsterdam, 1972 / Outro
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