The first-ever full release of material from the Velvet Underground's amazing run at The Matrix
in San Francisco – part of which were issued previously on the Robert Quine collection, all finally out together in one overstuffed set! If you only know the Velvets in the studio, the group in a live setting is something else entirely – often a lot noisier and more unbridled, with especially strong interplay on the guitars – cascading sheets and layers of sound that show just how strongly these guys were influencing generations to come – years ahead of their time, with styles that few others would touch until the Sonic Youth generation! Quine's tapes are great, and full of fire – and there's lots of improvisation going on that makes versions of the same song sound quite different. Plus, some of the tracks here are ones that later appeared on Loaded – worked out in live versions long before the group took them in the studio – all in a whopping 42 tracks on 4CDs, with titles that include "Heroin", "Sweet Jane", "Rock & Roll", "I Can't Stand It", "White Light/
White Heat", "Ocean", "We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together", "Lisa Says", "I'm Beginning To See The Light", "Over You", "Some Kinda Love", "Sweet Bonnie Brown/
Too Much", "After Hours", "Pale Blue Eyes", "Venus In Furs", "Black Angel's Death Song", "There Shoe Goes Again", "New Age", and a 36 minute version of "Sister Ray"!