Never Get Emotionally Involved With Man, Woman, Beast Or Child
This is a title that Sterling Morrison mentioned as part of the demo tape recorded at Ludlow Street loft in 1965. Several copies of the tape were sent in England. That tape was supposedly the one offered on the first CD of Peel Slowly And See box set. But Cale stated in print that he gave the tape to Polygram thinking it was the legendary finished demo tape which he tried to shop in the UK. When he received the DAT'ed version back from Polygram, he was shocked to find that it was actually that rehearsal. He also mentioned that he has boxes of tapes gathering dust in his basement. He, allegedly, hasn't had the stomach to go through them and determine what's on them. I asked Moe about that song and she said: "I can sing this one in my head!!!"
Amazing! The Velvet Underground played at least one song written by Lou Reed and the Pickwick team guys! This song appears on the Factory rehearsals tape, recorded on January 3, 1966. This tape remains in Andy Warhol Museum archives but some of the tracks are available on a unique CD part of the 1996 All Tomorrow's Parties: Remembering The Velvet Underground exhibition at Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. THIS CD IS NOT FOR SALE. Read CD page for full information. This recording is now officially available on the 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of The Velvet Underground & Nico.When you walk, you know you're gonna walk alone
Men Of Good Fortune
Incredible!!! Yes that song that finally surfaced on Lou Reed's Berlin album exists on a tape of a Velvet Underground rehearsal recorded by Andy Warhol on January 3, 1966 - but this one is not available on the All Tomorrow's Parties CD.
Miss Joanie Lee
Another one from the early '66 Factory rehearsal tape - a gem originally available on the All Tomorrow's Parties CD - THIS CD IS NOT FOR SALE. This track is incredible and musically stands up to anything on the banana LP. It really is an unbelievable song/jam similar in sonic spirit to European Son but with lots of Bo Diddley thrown in for fun! This recording is now officially available on the 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of The Velvet Underground & Nico.
Get It On Time
This song was registred on April 22, 1966. That date let think it could be an outtake from the recording sessions of The Velvet Underground And Nico album. The only known version is available on a rehearsal tape recorded at the Factory on March 7, 1966, and was used for the All Tomorrow's Parties CD. This recording remains officially unreleased, but is available on various bootlegs.
Sister Ray Part 3
John Cale - in What's Welsh For Zen autobiography: "We'd always put the improvisation at the ned, something intentionally chaotic like 'European Son'or 'Sister Ray'. We used to leave the stage and then come back an do a really pretty song as encore just to confuse people. I don't think anyone's got the 'Sister Ray Part 3" that we used to do as our big finale. We'd start way off left of field with something totally chaotic and gradually work our way back to the version on the record. Very long, very intense, with Lou becoming a Southern preacher man, telling stories and just inventing these fantastic characters as we played."
I'm Not A Young Man Anymore
"Hey, I'm not a young man anymore
Sweet Rock And Roll
This title was registred on June 10, 1969. William Shakespeare is credited for words while Lou Reed is for music.
Lonely Saturday Night
Aral Sezen - reviewing the Velvet Underground second set at Avalon Ballroom on November 8, 1969: "...the audience was still cheering and calling for more, so they did a version of Lonely Saturday Night. This song would actually become Goodnight Ladies. I couldn't believe that they would sing goodnight to the people, but then they did a lot of thing that night that I wouldn't have believe, things that turned me from a fan into a true devotee...".
Follow The Leader
Recorded live at The Matrix in San Francisco CA on November 27, 1969 by Robert Quine - now available on The Velvet Underground Bootleg Series Volume 1 - The Quine Tapes. The song has re-surfaced in 1976 on Lou Reed's Rock And Roll Heart.
If I Tell You
This song is mentioned in Lou Reed & The Velvet Underground in Los Angeles' Phonograph Record magazine, December 1973 - Rock retrospective #10 by Richard Cromelin. In this article he writes: "Lou once wrote a song called "If I Tell You".If I tell youLou thought it was the most beautiful song he'd ever written, and he wanted to record it backwards!"
What's Wrong With This Picture
Well this is not really a lost song - only a "lost" title which was however registred. It is actually an alternate title for 1993 reunion tour Velvet Nursery Rhyme. Introducing Sterling during the nursery rhyme at Wembley Arena, Lou said: "What's wrong with this picture? Wembley Arena filled up! Thousands tickets, merchandising, record contract. I don't get it." and the rhyme ended with "Sterling wants none of this". On the Spanish press release for the upcoming Live MCMXCIII album the song is listed as What's Wrong With This Picture...
Last Night I Said Goodbye To My Friend
This song was performed by John Cale, Lou Reed and Moe Tucker in honor of Sterling Morrison for the Velvet Underground Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony on January 18, 1996. The song is now available on the unofficial Caught Between The Twisted Stars 4-CD set. And a studio recording appears on Moe Tucker's I Feel So Far Away anthology.
By Olivier Landemaine
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