The Velvet Underground -- V.U.

Verve

As Published in the Dead Air Diary March 1985

The 1985 version of The Basement Tapes, where the early work of a great artist finally surfaces and proves, once and for all, how vital that artist was. Instead of Bob Dylan, we have Lou Reed, and instead of The Band, we have the Velvet Underground. Those who loved the Velvets primarily because of the white-noise experimentation and/or the sparse, trance-like ballads will be disappointed. Those of us who love the unique Rock 'n' Roll sound that those were extensions of will recognize this record as quite possibly the final proof that The Velvet Underground were America's all-time greatest band.

--Jim Connelly

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