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By Tod Nelson

While John Cale certainly gave the first couple of Velvet Underground albums a signature sound, his departure enabled Lou Reed to do exactly what he does best: write kick-ass, stripped-down rock songs. On Loaded his talent comes to full fruition. Who can imagine a world without "Sweet Jane" and "Rock & Roll," arguably two of the greatest rock tunes ever penned? The brilliance of those songs is so bright, it's easy to overlook a couple of other Reed masterpieces: the tender, epic discourse of "New Age" (which highlights his assured sense of poetic wordplay: "And when you kissed Robert Mitchum / Gee, but I thought you'd never catch him!") and the extended sweet blues romp of "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'." On Loaded the Velvet Underground--who before had hit the sonic ceiling experimenting with shattered chords, feedback, screeching violas, and what Reed once claimed was "the fastest guitar playing ever"--eschew the dark side of noise for clarity. Check out the ringing chime that begins "Who Loves the Sun" and the sterling (no pun intended) guitar riff that drives "Rock & Roll." This is not to say that the old ragged punch of the original Velvets is completely gone. Moe Tucker still beats a mean set of skins; there's no stopping Sterling Morrison's train-wreck rhythm guitar on "Train Round the Bend"; and "Head Held High" achieves near-"Sister Ray" moments of madness.

1. Who Loves The Sun18. Sweet Jane (Early Version)
2. Sweet Jane (Full-Length Version)19. Rock & Roll (Demo)
3. Rock & Roll (Full-Length Version)20. Cool It Down (Early Version)
4. Cool It Down21. New Age (Full-Length Version)
5. New Age (Long Version)22. Head Held High (Early Version)
6. Lonesome Cowboy Bill23. Lonesome Cowboy Bill [Early Version][#]
7. Lonesome Cowboy Bill24. I Found A Reason (Demo)
8. I Found A Reason25. Train Round The Bend (Alternate Mix)
9. Train Round The Bend26. Oh! Sweet Nuthin' (Early Version)
10. Oh! Sweet Nuthin'27. Ocean (Demo)
11. Ride Into The Sun28. I Love You (Outtake)
12. Ocean29. Satellite Of Love (Alternate Demo)
13. I'm Sticking With You30. Oh Gin (Demo)
14. I Love You31. Walk And Talk (Demo)
15. Rock & Roll32. Sad Song (Demo)
16. Head Held High33. Love Makes You Feel Ten Feet Tall (Demo)
17. Who Loves The Sun (Alternate Mix)


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Artist: Velvet Underground

Released: November 19, 1970

Availability: CD, Vinyl


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