The Velvet Underground & Nico by Joe HarvardThe Velvet Underground and Nico has influenced the sound of more bands than any other album. And remarkably, it still sounds as fresh and challenging today as it did upon its release in 1967. In this book, Joe Harvard covers everything from Lou Reeds lyrical genius to John Cales groundbreaking instrumentation, and from the creative input of Andy Warhol to the fine details of the recording process. With input from co-producer Norman Dolph and Velvets fan Jonathan Richman, Harvard documents the creation of a record which - in the eyes of many - has never been matched.
In 1966, some studios, like Abbey Road, had technicians in white lab coats, and even the less formal studios usually had actual engineering graduates behind the consoles. Studios were still more about science than art. Clients who dared make technical suggestions were treated with bemusement, derision, or hostility. The Velvets were a young band under constant critical attack, and the pressure to conform in order to gain acceptance must have been tremendous. Most bands of that era compromised with their record companies, through wholesale revamping of their image from wardrobe to musical style, changing or omitting lyrics, creating drastically edited versions for radio airplay, or eliminating songs entirely from their sets and records. With Andy Warhol in the bands corner, such threats were minimized.
The Velvet Underground & Nico 45th Anniversary [Super Deluxe]
This limited six-disc set of the classic includes remasters, alternate versions and mixes, practice sessions recorded at Andy Warhol's Factory, a live recording, and a remaster of Nico's Chelsea Girl , on which the Velvets performed. The most dangerous record of has been absorbed into the establishment rock canon; the paradoxical fame it earned from its hilariously terrible sales figures in its early years has been negated by reissue after deluxe-edition reissue; and its transgressive kinky-druggy menace has been smothered by the embrace of millions of overly precious Wes Anderson acolytes. Is a limited-edition "super deluxe" six-disc box set really going to help restore any of the ineffable outsider cool that it's lost over the years? Actually, yeah, it is. So aside from the 45 minutes of Chelsea Girl , you've got five hours of essentially the same 11 songs presented over and over in various levels of audio fidelity.
While it reportedly took over a decade for the album's sales to crack six figures, glam, punk, new wave, goth, noise, and nearly every other left-of-center rock movement owes an audible debt to this set. While The Velvet Underground had as distinctive a sound as any band, what's most surprising about this album is its diversity. Lou Reed 's lyrical exploration of drugs and kinky sex then risky stuff in film and literature, let alone "teen music" always received the most press attention, but the music Reed , John Cale , Sterling Morrison , and Maureen Tucker played was as radical as the words they accompanied. The bracing discord of "European Son," the troubling beauty of "All Tomorrow's Parties," and the expressive dynamics of "Heroin" all remain as compelling as the day they were recorded. While the significance of Nico 's contributions have been debated over the years, she meshes with the band's outlook in that she hardly sounds like a typical rock vocalist, and if Andy Warhol 's presence as producer was primarily a matter of signing the checks, his notoriety allowed The Velvet Underground to record their material without compromise, which would have been impossible under most other circumstances.
Thank you for registering! Click the link to confirm your email address. Please check your spam folder for the email, if it does not arrive, click this link It also includes an page booklet featuring a new essay by band biographer Richie Unterberger. The Super Deluxe set allows fans to compare the mono and stereo versions of the album. Longtime Velvets aficionados have touted the mono mix because of its lo-fi quality, with the music coming off even tougher as a result of its compression.
It was recorded in while the band were featured on Andy Warhol 's Exploding Plastic Inevitable tour, which gained attention for its experimental performance sensibilities and controversial lyrical topics, including drug abuse, prostitution, sadomasochism and sexual deviancy. It sold poorly and was mostly ignored by contemporary critics, but later became regarded as one of the most influential albums in the history of popular music. Many subgenres of rock music and forms of alternative music were significantly informed by the album, including art rock , punk , garage , shoegazing , goth , and indie. At the instigation of their mentor and manager Andy Warhol , and his collaborator Paul Morrissey , German singer Nico was also featured; she had occasionally performed lead vocals for the band. In , as the album was being recorded, this was also the line-up for their live performances as a part of Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable.