Nov 2013 15

The Velvet Underground releases 45th anniversary edition of second albumIn memory of Lou Reed and to celebrate the album’s 45th anniversary, a three-CD super deluxe edition of The Velvet Underground’s White Light/White Heat is being released on December 10, 2013. Recorded in the summer of 1967 over the course of two days with producer Tom Wilson, the album is considered one of the most inspirational in music history, often cited as a precursor to punk and art/rock. This super deluxe edition was developed in conjunction with Lou Reed and John Cale and contains 30 tracks, which feature completely remastered version of both the original stereo and mono releases, as well as a series of bonus tracks of alternate versions, unreleased outtakes, and four new remixes. Also included are recordings of Cale’s last studio sessions with the band before his depature due to reported friction with Reed. This also marks the official release of The Velvet Underground’s live performance on April 30, 1967 at The Gymnasium in New York.
This 45th anniversary edition of White Light/White Heat also comes with a 56 page hard bound book of rare photos and interviews.
Historically, the album originally developed from the band’s noisy improvisations during the 1967 tour in the wake of disappointing sales of the now legendary debut, The Velvet Underground & Nico.
Original guitarist/bassist Sterling Morrison died on August 30, 1995, while singer/guitarist Lou Reed recently died on October 27, 2013. Of the album, Reed stated in August, 2013, “No one listened to it. But there it is, forever – the quintessence of articulated punk. And no one goes near it.”


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