Velvet Underground with Lou Reed Live 1969 was a live double album that has since been reissued as two separate CDs, part 1 and part 2.
Two new songs were added when this spilt occurred with Heroin added to part 1 and I Can’t Stand It on part 2.
The “cheeky” album sleeve always catches my eye.
Velvet Underground Live 1969
I’ll be back to write more about this important live album.
Velvet Underground Live 1969 Volume one
- Waiting for My Man – 7:03 (originally on the studio album The Velvet Underground & Nico)
- Lisa Says – 5:52 (first time released)
- What Goes On – 8:55 (The Velvet Underground)
- Sweet Jane – 4:00 (appears on the album Loaded)
- We’re Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together – 3:15 (first time released)
- Femme Fatale – 3:04 (The Velvet Underground & Nico)
- New Age – 6:36 (Loaded)
- Rock and Roll – 6:06 (Loaded)
- Beginning to See the Light – 5:30 (The Velvet Underground)
- Heroin – 8:14 (The Velvet Underground & Nico)
Velvet Underground Live 1969 Volume two
- Ocean – 10:55 (first time released)
- Pale Blue Eyes – 5:51 (The Velvet Underground)
- Heroin – 9:49 (The Velvet Underground & Nico)
- Some Kinda Love – 4:48 (The Velvet Underground)
- Over You – 2:17 (first time released)
- Medley: Sweet Bonnie Brown/It’s Just Too Much – 7:55 (first time released)
- White Light/White Heat – 8:35 (White Light/White Heat)
- I Can’t Stand It – 7:51
- I’ll Be Your Mirror – 2:21 (The Velvet Underground & Nico)
Old classics played in a totally different way, previews of songs that would appear on the next album and plenty of songs that had never been recorded before.
For some who don’t want the studio records played the same way, that is the ideal live experience. I’d like a few more tracks from the “banana” album but I guess that’s because it’s the one I know best.
By this stage John Cale had left and been replaced by Doug Yule. Nico had also ended her temporary association with the group.
Those playing on this album are:
Lou Reed – vocals, guitar
Sterling Morrison – guitar, vocals
Doug Yule – bass guitar, organ, vocals
Maureen Tucker – percussion
Atmosphere & Authenticity
What Others Say About Velvet Underground Live 1969
This has appeared in the lists of best live albums:
Mojo – 20th
Stylus – 41st
Chordstrike.com – 55th
Another live album from the Velvets that appears is Live At Max’s Kansas City. This was recorded in 1970. Several Lou Reed albums also appear.
Reviews are also positive at Amazon.
Buying Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed
To help you to find the album quickly and easily, I’ve given you the following links::
- Amazon.com as a CD or mp3 for Volume 1 and Volume 2
- Amazon.co.uk as a CD or mp3 for Volume 1 and Volume 2
- iTunes as a digital download for Volume 1 and Volume 2
- eBay as a CD
What Do You Think About This Live Album By The Velvet Underground?
I’d like to know if you think this live album lives up to its reputation so please leave me a comment.
Is this one of the best of the many Velvet Underground and Lou Reed live albums?
What Are The Best Live Albums Of All Time?
I treat the Velvet Underground in the psychedelic and proto-punk categories.
You can see the complete list of readers polls at Live Album Polls.
What Else Was Happening In This Year?
Click on the links to see what other live albums were recorded in 1969.