Peel Slowly and See

Peel Slowly and See

by The Velvet UndergroundThe Velvet Underground


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Does this five-CD box set feature an abundance of essential material? Certainly. It has all four of the studio albums released by the Lou Reed-led lineup, and a wealth of previously unreleased goodies. Is it an essential purchase? That depends on your level of fanaticism. Most serious Velvet fans have all four of the core studio albums already (although the third, self-titled LP is presented in its muffled, so-called "closet" mix), and will be most interested in the previously unavailable recordings, which do hold considerable fascination. The entire first disc is devoted to a drummer-less 1965 rehearsal tape in John Cale's loft, with radically different, almost folky run-throughs of most of the important songs from their classic debut, as well as a song that only made it onto Nico's first LP ("Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams"), and one which makes its first appearance anywhere (the Dylanesque "Prominent Men"). Other big bonuses include no less than seven outtakes from Loaded and other songs re-done by Reed on his early solo albums. And there are sundry other unreleased live and studio items, highlighted by a scorching live 1967 "Guess I'm Falling in Love" and the 1969 demo "Countess From Hong Kong." There are also highlights from VU and Another View, longer versions of Loaded's "Sweet Jane" and "New Age," and an 80-page booklet. The thing is, though, that virtually everyone who's interested in this material has already bought the four studio albums, sometimes several times over. A separate release of the two discs or so of truly new material would have been welcomed by the many fans who aren't interested in paying for a five-CD box of stuff when they already have well over half of it.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/1995
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0731452788726
catalogNumber: 527887

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Velvet Underground   Primary Artist
John Cale   Organ,Bass,Piano,Celeste,Viola,Vocals,Background Vocals,Electric Viola
Nico   Vocals
Lou Reed   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Sterling Morrison   Bass,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Moe Tucker   Percussion,Vocals
Billy Yule   Drums
Doug Yule   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Cale   Composer,Contributor
Lou Reed   Composer
Velvet Underground   Producer
Adrian Barber   Engineer
Harry Barris   Composer
Geoffrey Haslam   Producer,Engineer
Billy Moll   Composer
Sterling Morrison   Composer
Moe Tucker   Composer
Andy Warhol   Producer
Hy Weiss   Composer
Tom Wilson   Producer
Doug Yule   Composer
Shel Kagan   Producer
Gary Kellgren   Engineer
Norman Dolph   Engineer
David Fricke   Liner Notes
Omi Haden   Engineer
John Licata   Engineer

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