The ultimate collection of underground rock’s big bang!
Includes the rare mono versions of the VU’s first three albums, the superior mono version of Nico’s Chelsea Girl (featuring Reed, Cale & Morrison) and a definitive edition of the band’s unfinished fourth album!
Housed in a beautiful deluxe box with all original LP artwork along with two bonus poster inserts!
Introduction by Rolling Stone senior editor/MOJO contributor David Fricke.
Sourced from the original Verve/MGM analog reels and mastered by Bob Irwin"At a time when the Rolling Stones were forbidden from
singing about spending the night together on national television, the
Velvet Underground was crafting songs about such taboo subjects as
illegal drugs, sadomasochism and black angels of death. And that was
just on their debut. Throughout their first three albums, VU
continued to challenge societal norms through their lyrics and rock
music itself through their unorthodox instrumental approach. Their
sound was theirs alone, which proved to be an obstacle when it came to
sales. The majority of popular music fans simply weren’t ready for the
bleakly beautiful vision of VU. But for those who were, this LP trilogy
was a clarion call, drawing together the outsiders who felt
disenfranchised and unfulfilled by Top Forty fodder. Like time release
capsules, these LPs became catalysts for change as they spread from city
to city and were consumed by adventurous listeners. Bands formed,
scenes coalesced and new musical paths emerged which would eventually
branch off into punk, alternative, indie and more. Take a sample from
any underground music genre and you’re likely to find VU DNA pulsing
through its core.
As the alternative scene grew, so did the legend of the Velvet
Underground. However, with relatively few of the original LPs in
circulation, finding them could be difficult and, as a result, more
people had probably heard OF the band than had actually heard their
music. The emergence of compact discs in the mid-80s, along with a
groundswell of VU-influenced bands singing their praises, finally got
their music into wider distribution. Yet, for vinyl enthusiasts who
longed to place those precious albums on their turntables, that thrill
Until now. With tremendous pride, Sundazed presents The Velvet Underground: The Verve/MGM Albums.
This beautiful, deluxe boxed set gathers the rare mono versions of the
band’s first three studio albums along with the superior mono version of
Nico’s Chelsea Girl and a definitive edition of the band’s
unfinished fourth album! Sourced from the original Verve/MGM analog
reels and mastered by Bob Irwin, this collection is an essential
purchase for the discerning vinyl devotee. For all tomorrow’s parties,
this is your soundtrack." - Sundazed
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 29 October, 2012.