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  • Summary: The Velvet Underground's third release is remastered with alternate mixes including the original, Lou Reed's "Closet mix," and the mono mix; live recording from San Francisco's The Matrix club in 1969; and a disc of songs recorded in New York's Record Plant in 1969 for it proposed fourthThe Velvet Underground's third release is remastered with alternate mixes including the original, Lou Reed's "Closet mix," and the mono mix; live recording from San Francisco's The Matrix club in 1969; and a disc of songs recorded in New York's Record Plant in 1969 for it proposed fourth album for MGM. Expand
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  1. Dec 11, 2014
    100
    It’s revelatory to hear this most intense of bands playing with such ease and fluency, and utterly compelling.
  2. Nov 26, 2014
    100
    "Sister Ray" comes across like a medley has so many shifts in speed, volume, and energy that it seems more like a medley than a concentrated take on the White Light/White Heat epic. It's the brightest gem among many in the collection, which consolidates all of the group's many faces into one cohesive opus.
  3. Nov 26, 2014
    100
    Alongside alternate LP mixes are early versions of "Andy's Chest," "The Ocean," and "Rock'n'Roll"; fascinating abandoned outtakes slated for a supposed "lost" fourth LP ("Coney Island Steeplechase," "Ferryboat Bill"); and some of the most exciting live VU recordings ever.
  4. Uncut
    Nov 26, 2014
    90
    In terms of unreleased material, the motherlode is the two-disc Live at The Matrix set, recorded on November 26 and 27, 1968 at the San Francisco venue. Of the 18 songs here, 10 are previously unreleased.... All are comprehensively bested by the 36-minute version of "Sister Ray." [Jan 2015, p.81]
  5. Dec 19, 2014
    90
    Though incomplete (those final Cale sessions are an important hole) presenting them as a whole paints a fuller picture of one of the most important bands of the rock era, and forces listeners to at least briefly reimagine one of their favourite records as a wholly different beast.
  6. Magnet
    Dec 10, 2014
    90
    A 65-track, six-CD boxed set featuring several mixes of 1969's studio album, live recordings from San Francisco's Matrix and a disc of VU's never-released fourth album.... This disc is worth the price of admission. [No. 116, p.51]
  7. Nov 26, 2014
    80
    Much is familiar, via the archive releases VU and Another View. But with all traces of ’80s remixes removed, the performances now sound as they should--less like a rock band and more like The Velvet Underground. [Jan 2015, p.104]

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  1. Aug 27, 2017
    8
    un album qu'il est bien mais moins bien que leur deuxieme que vous aimez pas ici prcq trop kritik metakritik xddddd

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    un album qu'il est bien mais moins bien que leur deuxieme que vous aimez pas ici prcq trop kritik metakritik xddddd

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