Saturday, April 11, 2009

Velvet Underground 1965

I found these old Velvet Underground demos some time ago. They're from the 5 CD box set Peel Slowly and See.

This is the sound of Lou Reed sitting around his living room in 1965, trying his best to sound like Bob Dylan. John Cale is there somewhere too. Some brilliant songs already written, and in Prominent Men, a decent song that was lost in the ether as it didn't really fit the Warhol Factory vibe they grew into.

Entertaining sounds of the Velvet Underground in training.

(Link on third track now correct)

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1 comment:

Ken said...

It was actually both Reed's and Cale's loft; they lived together at the time, and Angus (who's not on the demos) lived in the same building. Must have been quite a place; there's a recording of Cale's work with Lamonte Young and Tony Conrad in that same apartment where you can hear the firemen downstairs screaming at them to stop the racket.