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FIRST PICTURES: Velvet Underground & Nico super deluxe

First Pictures: Velvet Underground & Nico Super Deluxe Edition

The Velvet Underground & Nico 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition is released this week (North America and Canada, next week) and here we bring you some exclusive pictures of this new set.

This edition is simply a very elegant 92-page book, with the six CDs contained within two thick pages at the rear. The book itself is just under 12 inches wide but only ten inches high, which makes it much easier to hold and read than the large 12 x 12-inch books, such as the one included with the Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks… super deluxe edition.

Although the content within lacks any contribution from the likes of Lou Reed or John Cale, the essay by Richie Unterberger (VU author/expert) is a detailed and fascinating look at how the album came to be, and the sessions and movements of the band during that period. Superb photos enhance his words.

The only let down with this presentation is the way the discs are stored. Although it has become fairly standard to have discs housed in pockets glued to strengthen leaves within these books, there is something rather inelegant about this solution and someone really needs to come up with a better way to house discs within a book soon. I know that many fans don’t like the ‘rubbing’ of the discs in these pockets and some have reported scratched CDs as a result.

The music within will be looked at on another day, but this book feels superb in the hands, and for once a truly influential record deserves this treatment. The volume is both tasteful and serious in approach, which is what you’d expect with The Velvet Underground.

What I really want to know is can I risk ‘peeling’ the banana on the front?

Full track listing below.

First Pictures: Velvet Underground & Nico Super Deluxe Edition
Tastefully designed (click to enlarge)


First Pictures: Velvet Underground & Nico Super Deluxe Edition

First Pictures: Velvet Underground & Nico Super Deluxe Edition
Warhol holding his large banana (click to enlarge)
First Pictures: Velvet Underground & Nico Super Deluxe Edition
Lou Reed looking cool with Nico (click to enlarge)
First Pictures: Velvet Underground & Nico Super Deluxe Edition
Tape boxes for Chelsea Girl (click to enlarge)
First Pictures: Velvet Underground & Nico Super Deluxe Edition
Disc storage not the best…

First Pictures: Velvet Underground & Nico Super Deluxe Edition

First Pictures: Velvet Underground & Nico Super Deluxe Edition
This is apparently a ‘limited edition’

Track listing

Disc 1: Stereo LP (released as Verve V6-5008, 1967) and extras

  • Sunday Morning
  • I’m Waiting for the Man
  • Femme Fatale
  • Venus in Furs
  • Run Run Run
  • All Tomorrow’s PartiesHeroin
  • There She Goes Again
  • I’ll Be Your Mirror
  • The Black Angel’s Death Song
  • European Son
  • All Tomorrow’s Parties (Alternate Single Voice Version) (from Verve CD 823 290-2, 1986)
  • European Son (Alternate)
  • Heroin (Alternate)
  • All Tomorrow’s Parties (Alternate Instrumental Mix)
  • I’ll Be Your Mirror (Alternate Mix)

Disc 2: Mono LP (released as Verve V-5008, 1967) and single mixes

  • Sunday Morning
  • I’m Waiting for the Man
  • Femme Fatale
  • Venus in Furs
  • Run Run Run
  • All Tomorrow’s Parties
  • Heroin
  • There She Goes Again
  • I’ll Be Your Mirror
  • The Black Angel’s Death Song
  • European Son
  • All Tomorrow’s Parties (Single Mix)
  • (Verve VK-10427-A, 1966)
  • I’ll Be Your Mirror (Single Mix) (Verve VK-10427-B, 1966)
  • Sunday Morning (Single Mix) (Verve VK-10466-A, 1966)
  • Femme Fatale (Single Mix) (Verve VK-10466-B, 1966)

Disc 3: Chelsea Girl (released as Verve V6-5032, 1967)

  • The Fairest of the Seasons
  • These Days
  • Little Sister
  • Winter Song
  • It Was a Pleasure Then
  • Chelsea Girls
  • I’ll Keep It with Mine
  • Somewhere There’s a Feather
  • Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
  • Eulogy to Lenny Bruce

Disc 4: Scepter Studios acetate and Factory rehearsals

  • European Son *
  • The Black Angel’s Death Song *
  • All Tomorrow’s Parties *
  • I’ll Be Your Mirror **
  • Heroin *
  • Femme Fatale **
  • Venus in Furs **
  • I’m Waiting for the Man **
  • Run Run Run **
  • Walk Alone (Factory Rehearsal)
  • Cracking Up / Venus in Furs (Factory Rehearsal)
  • Miss Joanie Lee (Factory Rehearsal)
  • Heroin (Factory Rehearsal)
  • There She Goes Again (with Nico) (Factory Rehearsal)
  • There She Goes Again (Factory Rehearsal)

* indicates track sourced from original tape.

** indicates track sourced from acetate disc.

Discs 5-6: Live at the Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, OH – 11/4/1966

  • Melody Laughter
  • Femme Fatale
  • Venus in Furs
  • The Black Angel’s Death Song
  • All Tomorrow’s Parties
  • I’m Waiting for the Man
  • Heroin
  • Run Run Run
  • The Nothing Song

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[…] The classic Velvet Underground & Nico album from 1967 received a six-disc super deluxe edition back in 2012 that featured a wealth of unreleased material including band rehearsals and a Nov ’66 live concert. This deluxe package which comes as an 88-page hardcover book is available now at a superb price via Amazon UK. A the time of writing this super deluxe set is just £38 which is the cheapest price ever on the UK Amazon site. If you wish to see more photos check out this post. […]

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LedMan

I bought a copy from Amazon Warehouse Deals for a very reasonable price that was described as almost new. It just arrived sealed and is in perfect condition. I’m not a fan of this style of packaging however what I usually do is very carefully remove the discs and then store them in thin CD inner sleeves that I find on Ebay from Japanese dealers.

Pim

I’ll rip the discs once, and put the box on the shelves :D

Stevie Dal

They should do the disc storage like the Stevie Wonder 12 x 12 box which i have , simple but effective. A plastic tray with the 4 discs sitting on there ?

Matthew James

It looks like a beautiful set. I agree that it’s a shame about the disc pockets, though. I’m guessing they were going for something that wasn’t too thick and wouldn’t disrupt the design. Is there a different material behind the discs that resists scratching? (I noticed a lighter color.)

Matteo L

Marvellous! I’m definetely gonna buy it, and I’ll probably take off the cds and put them in separate cases, so I won’t have to open the book to play them.
I did the same with the badly designed “Dark side of the moon” box.