The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground


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The Velvet Underground’s classic self-titled third album, originally released in March 1969, by MGM, was a departure from the band’s first two albums in more ways than one. Gone was co-founding member John Cale, and in his place was a 21-year-old with Long Island roots named Doug Yule, who stepped right in.

The record was also a stylistic leap, as Lou Reed described to Rolling Stone editor David Fricke: “I thought we had to demonstrate the other side of us.”

Fricke calls it “a stunning turnaround… 10 tracks of mostly warm, explicit sympathy and optimism, expressed with melodic clarity, set in gleaming double-guitar jangle and near-whispered balladry.”
    Release Date: 12 May 15 Cat No: 4703867