USA, 1966, experimental rock / art rock

The Velvet UndergroundThe Velvet Underground (Norman Dolph Acetate): This bootleg is the original recording of the legendary album, but it’s missing two tracks from the official studio release–“Sunday Morning” and “There She Goes”–so it’s interesting to hear this album have a different opener… and not only a different opener but the actual final song put all the way to the front. Those of us who are intimately familiar with the studio album can hear all the itty bitty differences between that and this acetate. Reed is a bit swaggier, it seems, on “Venus in Furs”, for example, and “Heroin” has a totally different vibe… not nearly as gloriously destructive as the official release. This is a raw, dirty recording, and that’s a very, very good thing.

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