The incredible third album from The Velvet Underground – and maybe our favorite of all their albums together – even though this one is far less weird or experimental than the rest! After their initial foray with Nico, and their bombastic sonic experiments on White Light/
White Heat, the VU hit this wonderfully subtle territory here – these really personal, moody songs that still have all the knowledge of the wilder sounds of previous records, but which take those farther reaches and bring them back to more focused songwriting – with results that are completely sublime! There's no side-long jams, nor any fuzzy freakouts – but instead, the album's filled with these wonderful songs that really show Lou Reed really honing his craft – able to touch on all the seamy edges of late 60s counterculture, without ever having to hit you over the head – and likewise, the band's instrumentation has this way of using all their wider knowledge of noise and sound in these really refined ways – at a level that opened the door for so many other generations to come. The result is a masterpiece all the way through – and every track is a landmark of dark genius – on titles that include "Pale Blue Eyes", "After Hours", "I'm Set Free", "That's The Story Of My Life", "Candy Says", "What Goes On", and "Jesus". Massive 6 CD package – in a heavy book-styled cover with 72 pages of rare photos, detailed information, and more! The CDs feature: 1. Val Valentin mix of the album, 2. The Closet mix of the album, 3. The promo mono mix of the album, 4. 1969 sessions with 14 tracks and unreleased mixes and versions, 5 & 6. Live At The Matrix
November 26 & 27 1969 – material that includes unreleased live tracks, plus titles from the Velvet Underground Live album and a few from the Quine Tapes set. Also include the mono single tracks "What Goes On" and "Jesus".