From Ultimate Classic Rock.
The Velvet Underground will release a new vinyl box set made up entirely of performances from their 1969 residency in San Francisco.
Though the band never achieved massive commercial success, it developed a passionate following in the underground music scene and is regarded as a groundbreaking forefather in alternative music.
In 1969, the group performed a series of shows at the San Francisco club owned by Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin, the Matrix. The Complete Matrix Tapes captures highlights from two nights during this residency: Nov. 26, the day Richard Nixon authorized a bill to create a draft lottery, and Nov. 27, Thanksgiving.
The Matrix performances were intimate in nature and included early versions of yet-to-be-recorded songs like “Sweet Jane,” “New Age” and “Rock & Roll.” These shows featured a newly hired Doug Yule on bass and keyboards; he had joined the group in late 1968 following the dismissal of original band member John Cale. Lou Reed, guitarist Sterling Morrison and percussionist Maureen Tucker round out the band’s lineup.
While much of the material was originally released on the Complete Matrix Tapes CD set in 2015, this marks the first time these versions will be available on vinyl. The new limited-edition box set includes eight LPs, compiling a total of 43 tracks, including nine that are previously unreleased. You can see the full track listing below.
The Velvet Underground – The Complete Matrix Tapes vinyl box set goes on sale July 12, available exclusively at shop.velvetundergroundmusic.com.
‘The Velvet Underground – The Complete Matrix Tapes’ LP Box Set Track Listing
1. I’m Waiting For The Man (Version 1)
2. What Goes On (Version 1)
1. Some Kinda Love (Version 1)
2. Heroin (Version 1)
1. The Black Angel’s Death Song
2. Venus In Furs (Version 1)
3. There She Goes Again (Version 1)
4. We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 1)
5. Over You (Version 1)
1. Sweet Jane (Version 1)
2. Pale Blue Eyes
3. After Hours (Version 1)
1. I’m Waiting For The Man (Version 2)
2. Venus In Furs (Version 2)
3. Some Kinda Love (Version 2)
4. Over You (Version 2)
1. I Can’t Stand It (Version 1)
2. There She Goes Again (Version 2)
3. After Hours (Version 2)
1. We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 2)
2. Sweet Bonnie Brown (It’s Just Too Much)
2. Heroin (Version 2)
1. White Light/White Heat (Version 1)
2. I’m Set Free
1. We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 3)
2. Some Kinda Love (Version 3)
3. There She Goes Again (Version 3)
1. Heroin (Version 3)
1. Sister Ray Part 1
1. Sister Ray Part 2
1. I’m Waiting For The Man (Version 3)
2. What Goes On (Version 2)
3. Some Kinda Love (Version 4)
1. We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 4)
2. Beginning To See The Light
3. Lisa Says
4. New Age
1. Rock & Roll
2. I Can’t Stand It Anymore (Version 2)
1. Heroin (Version 4)
2. White Light/White Heat (Version 2)
3. Sweet Jane (Version 2)
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VELVET UNDERGROUND The Velvet Underground & Nico (1971 UK issue of the classic 1967 11-track LP on the blue & gold 'yin-yang' MGM label, gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve is Excellent with just minor age wear & the vinyl is clean & in Excellent condition with just a few light signs of play)
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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND Squeeze (1972 UK first issue 11-track LP, a very unusual footnote to the Velvet Underground's career in that this seldom seen album features none of the original members! Mo Tucker toured with the band during this periodbut left shortly before the album was recorded & all songs are written and sung by Doug Yule who was featured heavily on the band's previous album Loaded, with all drumming duties performed by a certain Ian Paice of Deep Purple. Needless to say, the album sold in very small quantities and has remained an elusive item in the Velvet's catalogue ever since. The picture sleeve shows just some light wear & the vinyl looks barely played)
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VELVET UNDERGROUND The Velvet Underground & Nico (2017 US Limited '50th Anniversary' Edition 11-track LP issue of their 1967 debut album pressed on 180gram Pink Vinyl, including Sunday Morning, Venus In Furs and All Tomorrow's Parties. The ultra-glossy gatefold picture sleeve has the unpealed banana on the right and comes with the 12-page picture booklet containing lyrics. This example remains in the open shrink with large sticker on thereverse. We opened this up to check what colour the vinyl is, and is otherwise in a 'like new' condition)***Limited to only 1000 copies Worldwide***
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VELVET UNDERGROUND White Light/White Heat (2021 UK/EU Abbey Road Half Speed Mastered edition 6-track LP, their second studio album originally released in 1968 and recorded in only two days. Includes the 17-minute track Sister Ray. Thisblack vinyl edition is engineered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. Picture sleeve with hype sticker, factory sealed) #Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
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VELVET UNDERGROUND The Velvet Underground (1974 UK-only MGM Special compilation LP on the 'yin yang' label, superb 'safety film' picture sleeve. The sleeve is Excellent with just a little minor shelf wear and small area of sticker residue & the vinyl appears Near Mint)