The Velvet Underground

CDs

Promo & special editions

Part of the information regarding the reissue of The Velvet Underground back catalogue on CD is taken from The Velvet Underground on CD, a comprehensive article by Clinton Heylin, originally published in Record Collector, no. 120, August 1989.

823 290-2
Original 1986 edition

31453 1250 2
1996 remastered reissue

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The Velvet Underground & Nico | 45th Anniversary Remaster | Universal 3715319
2012 45th Anniversary Remaster

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO

Verve Polygram 823290-2, USA, 1986
Verve Polygram 823290-2, Canada, 1986
Verve MGM Polygram 823 290-2, W. Germany, 1986
Verve Polydor K.K. P33P 25027, Japan (booklet with lyrics), 1987
Verve Polydor POCP-1841, Japan, 1990

Polydor Polygram 31453 1250 2, USA, May 7, 1996 (newly digitally remastered, new booklet, clear box)
Polydor Polygram 531250 2, Germany, 1996 (same as above but catalog number is different)
Polydor Polygram 31453 1250 2, Canada, 1996
Polygram Universal 531 250 2, Australia, 1996
Polydor Polygram helicon 531 250 2, Israël, 1996 (Cherry Series)
Polydor POCP-2519, Japan, June 26, 1996
Polydor POCP-9098, Japan, September 26, 1997
Polydor UM3 531250.2, Argentina, 2000
Polydor Universal UICY-2334, Japan, August 21, 2002
Polydor Universal UICY-9740, Japan, October 21, 2004
Polydor Universal UICY-6244, Japan, June 21, 2006
Polydor Universal UICY-91665, Japan, August 4, 2010
Polydor Universal 31453 1250 2, Canada (www.ilovethatsong.com)

Polydor Universal 3715319, Europe, October 30, 2012 (45th Anniversary Remaster)

On the first 1986 CD German release, All Tomorrow's Parties is credited as "previously unreleased". When the master tapes of the album were dug out for CD remastering, they included an alternate version of the song (actually an alternate mix, also known as the "single voice" version, with one vocal track when she double-tracked her vocal on the original LP mix), which had only been given the thumbs in 1966 at the very last minute. Bill Levenson, the executive producer at Polygram responsible for all their Velvet Underground CD releases, decided to include this alternate version on the CD as a surprise bonus for fans. It became less of a surprise, though, when - contrary to his instructions - the CD actually labelled this version as "previously unreleased".

Some German 1986 copies are mispressed: cover and music are really The Velvet Underground & Nico album, but the CD is labeled as "The Modern Jazz Quartet Plus".

The 1996 "remastered" reissues offer the original "double voice" version of All Tomorrow's Parties and have a nice booklet reproduction of the original cover with Emerson and inside gatefold photographs and credits (without the peelable banana however...). The USA edition has a yellow banana printed on disc while the German issue has a "silver & white" one.

The 2012 "45th Anniversary Remaster" edition has the same stereo mix as disc 1 from the 6CD "Super Deluxe Edition" without the alternate versions.


825 119-2
Original 1986 edition

31453 1251 2
1996 remastered reissue

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WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT

Verve MGM Polygram 825 119-2, USA, 1988
Verve MGM Polygram 825 119-2, W. Germany, October 1988
Verve Polydor K.K. P33P 25041, Japan, 1987
Verve Polydor K.K. POCP-1842, Japan, August 1, 1990 (with skull and lyrics insert)

Polydor Polygram 31453 1251 2, USA, May 7, 1996 (newly digitally remastered, new booklet with skull tattoo, clear box)
Polydor Polygram 531 251 2, Germany, 1996
Polydor POCP-2520, Japan, June 26, 1996
Polydor POCP-9099, Japan, 1997
SomeWax Recordings, SW017-2, Russia, 2001 (probably unofficial)
Polydor Universal UICY-2335, Japan, 2002
Polydor Universal UICY-9741, Japan, 2004
Polydor Universal UICY-6245, Japan, 2006

Bill Levenson admits that it was impossible to leave the distortion on Sister Ray as it was on original recording. As a result, the sound is slightly compressed, but without impairing the immensity of the track's impact. Also on The Gift, the separation between the two tracks is complete, and the song can be heard exclusively as an instrumental, or as Cale reciting the story. The album version had always had a slight bleeding between the two channels.

The 1996 reissues have insert with the skull tattoo (also reproduced on the disc) and offers two rare photographs from Suzan Cooper archives.


815 454-2
Original 1986 edition

31453 1252 2
1996 remastered reissue

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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

Verve MGM Polygram 815 454-2, USA, May 1986
Verve MGM Polygram 815 454-2, W. Germany, May 1986
Polydor P28P 25075, Japan, 1988
Polydor POCP-1843, Japan, 1990

Polydor Polygram 31453 1252 2, USA, May 7, 1996 (newly digitally remastered, new booklet, clear box)
Polydor Polygram 531 252 2, Germany 1996
Polydor POCP-2521, Japan, June 26, 1996
Polydor Universal UICY-2336, Japan, 2002
Polydor Universal UICY-6246, Japan, 2006

When Bill Levenson prepared the tapes for the release on CD, he used the Valentin mix. However, when the tapes were sent to Germany, where Polygram were pressing the CD, a German engineer decided to re-examine the tapes and remaster the album using tapes in the German vaults. Rather than issue Lou Reed's 'closet' mix or the Valentin mix, he actually used one side of each on CD (with Lou's mix on side one), with the alternate take of Some Kinda Love. When Levenson heard the results, he was understandably upset, and so when Polygram subsequently re-pressed the CD in the States he redid the mastering so the correct Valentin mix was used on the entire album. The difference is the numbers around CD's center hole (01 is the first pressing, 02 is the second). The 1996 reissue offers a remastered Valentin mix (even though the Peel Slowly And See box set version use Reed's 'closet' mix).


9-27613-2

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LOADED

Warner Special Products 9-27613-2, USA, July 7, 1987
Warner Special Products 9-27613-2, Canada,1987
Atlantic 7567-90367-2, Germany, October 4, 1991
Atlantic AMCY-622, Japan, November 10, 1993
SomeWax Recordings, SW098-2, Russia, 2002 (probably unofficial)

1. Who Loves The Sun (2:45) / 2. Sweet Jane (3:15) / 3. Rock & Roll (4:40) / 4. Cool It Down (3:04) / 5. New Age (4:39) / 6. Head Held High (2:55) / 7. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (2:43) / 8. I Found A Reason (4:14) / 9. Train Round The Bend (3:20) / 10. Oh! Sweet Nuthin' (7:23)

Sweet Jane is listed as 3:55 but is actually 3:15. New Age is listed as 5:20 and is really 4:39.


9500-2

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LIVE AT MAX'S KANSAS CITY

Polydor P28P 25082, Japan, 1988
Atlantic 9500-2, USA, March 28, 1989
Atlantic 18P2-2855, Japan, July 10, 1989 (with "Forever Young Series" obi)
Atlantic 7567-90370-2, Germany, April 27, 1990
Atlantic AMCY-2568, Japan, 1998

1. I'm Waiting For The Man (4:00) / 2. Sweet Jane (4:52) / 3. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (3:41) / 4. Beginning To See The Light (5:00) / 5. I'll Be Your Mirror (1:55) / 6. Pale Blue Eyes (5:38) / 7. Sunday Morning (2:43) / 8. New Age (5:58) / 9. Femme Fatale (2:29) / 10. After Hours (2:05).


834 823-2

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1969 - VELVET UNDERGROUND LIVE WITH LOU REED - VOLUME 1

Mercury 834 823-2, W. Germany, September 1988
Mercury 834 823-2, USA, 1988
Polydor PHCR-4150, Japan, 1993
Polydor PHCR-12513, Japan, 1997

1. Waiting For The Man (7:03) / 2. Lisa Says (5:52) / 3. What Goes On (8:55) / 4. Sweet Jane (4:00) / 5. We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (3:15) / 6. Femme Fatale (3:04) / 7. New Age (6:36) / 8. Rock And Roll ( 6:06) / 9. Beginning To See The Light (5:30) / 10. Heroin (8:14).

The CD edition includes Heroin (8:14) as bonus track.

834 824-2

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1969 - VELVET UNDERGROUND LIVE WITH LOU REED - VOLUME 2

Mercury 834 824-2, W. Germany, September 1988
Mercury 834 823-2, USA, 1988
Polydor PHCR-4151, Japan, 1993
Polydor PHCR-12514, Japan, 1997

1. Ocean (10:55) / 2. Pale Blue Eyes (5:51) / 3. Heroin (9:49) / 4. Some Kinda Love (4:48) / 5. Over You (2:17) / 6. Sweet Bonnie Brown/It's Just Too Much (7:55) / 7. White Light/White Heat (8:35) / 8. I Can't Stand It (7:51) / 9. I'll Be Your Mirror (2:21).

The CD edition includes I Can't Stand It (7:51) as bonus track.

Technical notes on 1969 Live CD reissues: there are audible crackles on some tracks as if they'd been taken from disc. When the tapes were originally purchased by Phonogram, some of the tracks were taken off acetates rather than tapes, notably Real Good Time Together, Beginning To See The Light, Over You, and Some Kinda Love. Levenson speculates that what probably happened was that "in 1969 they made recordings on two-tracks and then cut acetates, and those became the masters". It would appear that Polygram never had access to the so-called eight hours of tapes that Paul Nelson compiled the original 1969 Live from. However the acetates and tapes that Polygram were given for the CD did include some extra material. For some reason, this included two studio out-takes of Ride Into The Sun complete with vocals (which appear on various bootlegs). Also present were the two extra songs used on the CD releases, plus an acoustic Rock 'n' Roll entitled Rock 'n' Roll Movie (ed: I guess this is the version offered as bonus on Live At End Cole Ave bootleg CD), which apparently collapsed fairly quickly, and a live take of I'm Sticking With You (ed: maybe the version available on the scarce CDEP companion to the French 1990 Polydor box set). Both these tracks were considered unsuitable for release. When Levenson mastered the tapes, he decided not to compress the sound, believing that the hiss at the start of some tracks was a fair exchange for retaining what little clarity the tapes had at top end.

823 721-2

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VU

Verve Polygram 823 721-2, Germany, June 1987
Verve Polygram 823 721-2, USA, 19??
Verve Polydor K.K. P33P 25037, Japan, 1987
Polydor POCP-1844, Japan, 1990
Universal UICY-2337, Japan, 2002

1. I Can't Stand It (3:23) / 2. Stephanie Says (2:51) / 3. She's My Best Friend (2:49) / 4. Lisa Says (2:55) / 5. Ocean (5:12) / 6. Foggy Notion (6:44) / 7. Temptation Inside Your Heart (2:30) / 8. One Of These Days (3:53) / 9. Andy's Chest (2:52) / 10. I'm Sticking With You (2:26).

This CD version has not the introductory coda at the beginning of Foggy Notion which can be heard on the LP edition.


829 405-2

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ANOTHER VIEW

Verve Polygram 829 405-2, Germany, November 1986
Verve Polygram 829 405-2, USA, 1986
Verve Polydor K.K. P28P 25082, Japon, 1988
Polydor POCP-1845, Japan, 1990
Universal UICY-2338, Japan, 2002

1. We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (2:57) / 2. I'm Gonna Move Right In (6:32) / 3. Hey Mr. Rain (Version I) (4:43) / 4. Ride Into The Sun (3:26) / 5. Coney Island Steeplechase (2:29) / 6. Guess I'm Falling In Love (Instrumental Version) (3:31) / 7. Hey Mr. Rain (Version II) (5:29) / 8. Ferryboat Bill (2:15) / 9. Rock And Roll (5:15).


Live MCMXCIII, 2CD set

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LIVE MCMXCIII

2-CD, Sire/Warner Bros. 9362-45464-2, Germany, November 26, 1993
2-CD, Sire/Warner Bros. 9 45464-2, USA, 1993
2-CD, Sire/Warner Bros. CDW 45464, Canada, 1993
2-CD, Sire/Warner Bros. WPCP-5648/9, Japan, 1993
2-CD, Sire/Warner Bros D 235126, USA, 1993 (BMG CD Club edition)
2-CD, Sire/Warner Bros/Sony 468702, USA, 1993 (Columbia House CD Club edition)

Disc One: 1. We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (3:14) / 2. Venus In Furs (5:19) / 3. Guess I'm Falling In Love (3:08) / 4. Afterhours (2:41) / 5. All Tomorrow's Parties (6:36) / 6. Some Kinda Love (9:06) / 7. I'll Be Your Mirror (3:06) / 8. Beginning To See The Light (4:59) / 9. The Gift (10:33) / 10. I Heard Her Call My Name (4:37) / 11. Femme Fatale (3:23).

Disc Two: 12. Hey Mr. Rain (15:42) / 13. Sweet Jane (5:21) / 14. Velvet Nursery Rhyme (1:31) / 15. White Light/White Heat (4:21) / 16. I'm Sticking With You (3:23) / 17. Black Angel's Death Song (4:12) / 18. Rock 'N' Roll (6:13) / 19. I Can't Stand It (4:21) / 20. I'm Waiting For The Man (5:15) / 21. Heroin (9:59) / 22. Pale Blue Eyes (6:14) / 23. Coyote (5:25).

1-23: L'Olympia, Paris, France, June 1993.

This double CD edition offers a complete set. Insert includes I'll Be Your Mirror lyrics. A banana pin was given with first copies sold in French fnac stores.


Live MCMXCIII

LIVE MCMXCIII

Sire/Warner Bros. 9362-45465-2, Germany, November 26, 1993
Sire/Warner Bros. 9 45465-2, USA, 1993
Sire/Warner Bros./BMG D235126, USA, 1993 (BMG RCA CD Club edition)
Sire/Warner Bros/Sony 468710, USA, 1993 (Columbia House CD Club edition)

1. Venus In Furs (5:30) / 2. Sweet Jane (5:23) / 3. Afterhours (2:44) / 4. All Tomorrow's Parties (6:36) / 5. Some Kinda Love (9:07) / 6. The Gift (10:33) / 7. Rock 'n' Roll (6:11) / 8. I'm Waiting For The Man (5:16) / 9. Heroin (9:49) / 10. Pale Blue Eyes (6:17).

1-10: L'Olympia, Paris, France, June 1993.

The German issue has an inaccurate tracklist order printed on backcover and insert! Some copies came with a black sticker on shrink wrap with corrected tracklist. Insert includes Pale Blue Eyes lyrics. The US edition has also the same wrong track list.


9362-41400-2

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VENUS IN FURS

CDEP Sire/Warner Bros. W0224CD 9362-41400-2, Germany, 1993

1. Venus In Furs (edit) (4:27) / 2. Sweet Jane (5:28) / 3. Heroin (9:26) / 4. I'm Waiting For The Man (5:16).

1-4 : Olympia Theater, Paris, France, June 15-17, 1993.

All tracks taken from the album Live MCMXCIII. "Live version of the track featured in the Dunlop tyres TV commercial".


R2 72563

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LOADED (Fully Loaded Edition)

2 CDs, Rhino Records R2 72563, USA, February 18, 1997
2 CDs, Rhino Records R2 72563, Germany, March 1997
2 CDs, AMCY 2087/8, Japan, February 1997

Disc 1: 1. Who Loves The Sun (2:45) / 2. Sweet Jane (full-length version) (4:06) / 3. Rock & Roll (full-length version) (4:43) / 4. Cool It Down (3:04) / 5. New Age (long version) (5:07) / 6. Head Held High (2:56) / 7. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (2:43) / 8. I Found A Reason (4:15) / 9. Train Round The Bend (3:21) / 10. Oh! Sweet Nuthin' (7:25) / 11. Ride Into The Sun (demo) (3:20) / 12. Ocean (outtake) (5:43) / 13. I'm Sticking With You (outtake) (3:06) / 14. I Love You (demo) (2:03) / 15. Rock & Roll (alternate mix) (4:41) / 16. Head Held High (alternate mix) (2:15).

Disc 2: 17. Who Loves The Sun (alternate mix) (2:59) / 18. Sweet Jane (early version) (5:22) / 19. Rock & Roll (demo) (4:45) / 20. Cool It Down (early version) (4:14) / 21. New Age (full-length version) (5:44) / 22. Head Held High (early version) (2:48) / 23. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (early version) (3:14) / 24. I Found A reason (demo) (3:16) / 25. Train Round The Bend (alternate mix) (4:36) / 26. Oh! Sweet Nuthin' (early version) (4:04) / 27. Ocean (demo) (6:27) / 28. I Love You (outtake) (2:51) / 29. Satellite Of Love (alternate demo) (3:13) / 30. Oh Gin (demo) (2:54) / 31. Walk And Talk It (demo) (2:47) / 32. Sad Song (demo) (3:43) / 33. Love Makes You Feel Ten Feet Tall (demo) (4:09).

All tracks: Atlantic Recording Studios, NYC, spring/summer 1970 / Except 11, 14, 27, 30-32: Atlantic Recording Studios, NYC, Apr. 16, 1970 / 19, 29: Atlantic Recording Studios, NYC, Apr. 15, 1970 / 24: late 1969.

Also exists as limited edition in a red velvet pouch with sticker - see below. See also The Lowdown on Loaded and the Rhino Records homepage for additional information.


314 589 624-2

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Universal Universal GE0317C

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO - DELUXE Edition

2CD, Polydor Universal 314 589 624-2, USA, June 24, 2002
2CD, Polydor UICY 7112/3, Japan, July 10, 2002
2CD, Universal GE0317C, China, 2010

Disc one: The Velvet Underground & Nico (Stereo Version): 1. Sunday Morning (2:54) / 2. I'm Waiting For The Man (4:37) / 3. Femme Fatale (2:37) / 4. Venus In Furs (5:10) / 5. Run Run Run (4:20) / 6. All Tomorrow's Parties (5:58) / 7. Heroin (7:10) / 8. There She Goes Again (2:38) / 9. I'll Be Your Mirror (2:12) / 10. The Black Angel's Death Song (3:12) / 11. European Son (7:46). Selections From Nico: Chelsea Girl (Stereo Version): 12. Little Sister (4:23) / 13. Winter Song (3:17) / 14. It Was A Pleasure Then (8:01) / 15. Chelsea Girls (7:23) / 16. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (5:07).

Disc two: The Velvet Underground & Nico (Mono Version): 1. Sunday Morning (2:54) / 2. I'm Waiting For The Man (4:44) / 3. Femme Fatale (2:37) / 4. Venus In Furs (5:10) / 5. Run Run Run (4:20) / 6. All Tomorrow's Parties (5:58) / 7. Heroin (7:10) / 8. There She Goes Again (2:38) / 9. I'll Be Your Mirror (2:12) / 10. The Black Angel's Death Song (3:12) / 11. European Son (7:53). The Singles: 12. All Tomorrow's Parties (2:49) / 13. I'll Be Yor Mirror (2:17) / 14. Sunday Morning (2:56) / 15. Femme Fatale (2:37).

Digipak with peelable banana, and 28 page book containing essay, lyrics and rare photos.

The Japanese edition comes with obi and additional 24-page Japanese booklet.

The Chinese edition is presented in sealed fold-out digipak sleeve with peelable banana sticker, original unairbushed 'torso' image on the reverse and variant rice paper obi strip with Mandarin text. It has also an alternate banana sticker with larger yellow margin.


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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO - DELUXE Edition

2CD, Polydor Universal 314 589 588-2, USA, June 24, 2002

Same as above but with a printed banana on cover in place of the peelable one.


Live at Max's (2-CD edition)

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LIVE AT MAX'S KANSAS CITY

2CD, Atlantic Rhino 8122-78093-2, USA, August 3, 2004

Disc 1: 1. I'm Waiting For The Man / 2. White Light White Heat* / 3. I'm Set Free* / 4. Sweet Jane (Version 1)* / 5. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (Version 1) / 6. New Age / Beginning To See The Light.

Disc 2: 1. Who Loves The Sun* / 2. Sweet Jane (Version 2) / 3. I'll Be Your Mirror / 4. Pale Blue Eyes / 5. Candy Says* / 6. Sunday Morning / 7. After Hours / 8. Femme Fatale / 9. Some Kinda Love / 10. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (Version 2)*.

*previously unissued

2-CD edition. The "Last Show" in its entirety - both sets! For the first time ever. With 6 previously unissued Max's VU performances; rare photos (by Dustin Pittman and Lee Black Childers); oral history (including commentary from Doug Yule, Danny Fields, Brigid Berlin, Moe Tucker, Jim Carroll and Billy Yule) & more.


Universal B00113874-02

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO - RARITIES EDITION

Universal B00113874-02, USA, 2010

Part of Universal "Rarities Edition". CD offers actually the material from second disc of the previously released Deluxe Edition. "Rarities Edition" obi.

The Velvet Underground & Nico (Mono Version): 1. Sunday Morning (2:54) / 2. I'm Waiting For The Man (4:44) / 3. Femme Fatale (2:37) / 4. Venus In Furs (5:10) / 5. Run Run Run (4:20) / 6. All Tomorrow's Parties (5:58) / 7. Heroin (7:10) / 8. There She Goes Again (2:38) / 9. I'll Be Your Mirror (2:12) / 10. The Black Angel's Death Song (3:12) / 11. European Son (7:53). The Singles: 12. All Tomorrow's Parties (2:49) / 13. I'll Be Yor Mirror (2:17) / 14. Sunday Morning (2:56) / 15. Femme Fatale (2:37).


The Velvet Underground | Squeeze | Kistmet KISCD4031

SQUEEZE

Kistmet KISCD4031, July 2, 2012

1. Little Jack / 2. Crash / 3. Caroline / 4. Mean Old Man / 5. Dopey Joe / 6. Wordless / 7. She'll Make You Cry / 8. Friends / 9. Send No Letter / 10. Jack & Jane / 11. Louise.

"A Velvet Underground album in name only, this is in fact a solo set by the band's latter-day leader Doug Yule. Recorded in London in the fall of 1972, with help from Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, it's a pleasant pop-rock collection. It originally appeared in England and a handfull of other European countries in early 1973, but has never been available on CD before."


The Velvet Underground & Nico | 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition | Polydor Universal 0602537054688

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO | 45TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION

2CD, Polydor Universal 0602537054688, Europe, October 30, 2012

Disc One:
The Velvet Underground & Nico (Stereo Version):
1. Sunday Morning (2:56) / 2. I'm Waiting For The Man (4:39) / 3. Femme Fatale (2:58) / 4. Venus In Furs (5:12) / 5. Run Run Run (4:23) / 6. All Tomorrow's Parties (5:59) / 7. Heroin (7:13) / 8. There She Goes Again (2:41) / 9. I'll Be Your Mirror (2:14) / 10. The Black Angel's Death Song (3:12) / 11. European Son (7:47).
Alternate Versions:
12. All Tomorrow's Parties (alternate single voice version) (5:57) / 13. European Son (alternate version) (9:06) / 14. Heroin (alternate version) (4:17) / 15. All Tomorrow's Parties (alternate instrumental mix) (5:51) / 16. I'll Be Your Mirror (alternate mix) (2:20).

Disc Two:
Scepter Studios Sessions:
1. European Son (alternate version) (9:02)* / 2. The Black Angel's Death Song (alternate mix) (3:16)* / 3. All Tomorrow's Parties (alternate version) (5:53)* / 4. I'll Be Your Mirror (alternate version) (2:11)** / 5. Heroin (alternate version) (6:16)* / 6. Femme Fatale (alternate mix) (2:36)** / 7. Venus In Furs (alternate version) (4:29)** / 8. Waiting For The Man (alternate version) (4:10)** / 9. Run Run Run (alternate mix) (4:23)**.
* from tape / ** from acetate.
The Factory Rehearsals:
10. Walk Alone (3:27) / 11. Crackin' Up/Venus In Furs (3:52) / 12. Miss Joanie Lee (11:49) / 13. Heroin (6:14) / 14. There She Goes Again (With Nico) (2:09 / 15. There She Goes Again (2:56).


The Velvet Underground | White Light/White Heat | 45th Anniversary Edition

WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT | 45TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION

2CD, Polydor/Universal 0602537562480, EU, December 9, 2013

Disc One:
White Light/White Heat (Stereo Version):
1. White Light/White Heat / 2. The Gift / 3. Lady Godiva's Operation / 4. Here She Comes Now / 5. I Heard Her Call My Name / 6. Sister Ray.
Additional Material:
7. I Heard Her Call My Name (alternate take) / 8. Guess I'm Falling In Love (instrumental version)* / 9. Temptation Inside Your Heart (original mix) / 10. Stephanie Says (original mix) / 11. Hey Mr. Rain (version one)* / 12. Hey Mr Rain (version two)* / 13. Beginning To See The Light (previously unreleased early version)*.
* new remixes

Disc Two:
Live At The Gymnasium, New York City, April 30th, 1967:
1. Booker T. / 2. I'm Not A Young Man Anymore / 3. Guess I'm Falling In Love / 4. I'm Waiting For The Man / 5. Run Run Run / 6. Sister Ray / 7. The Gift.
All live tracks previously unreleased except Booker T. and Guess I'm Falling In Love


PROMO & SPECIAL EDITION CDS

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO

Verve MGM Polygram 823 290-2, West Germany

Limited, hand-numbered edition. The CD is packaged in an outer cardboard slipcase with the classic cover art, but with a peelable banana sticker which curiously covers a pink unpeeled banana!! Some copies have back of the booklet stickered with Clinton Heylin's album review originally published in Record Collector magazine.


PRO-CD-3358

LOU REED - A ROCK & ROLL LIFE

2-CD promo, Sire PRO-CD-3358, USA, 1989

Disc 1: 1. Dirty Blvd. (3:29) / 2. Heroin (*) (7:08) / 3. White Light/White Heat (*) (2:44) / 4. Pale Blue Eyes (*) (5:37) / 5. Rock And Roll (*) (4:47) / 6. Lisa Says (5:31) / 7. Walk On The Wild Side (4:11) / 8. Men Of Good Fortune (4:36) / 9. Sally Can't Dance (2:53) / 10. Sweet Jane (3:36) / 11. I'm Waiting For The Man (3:47) / 12. Coney Island Baby (6:38) / 13. Rock And Roll Heart (3:05) / 14. Street Hassle (11:00).

Disc 2: 1. Satellite Of Love (7:06) / 2. All Through The Night (Lou Reed/Don Cherry) (4:56) / 3. Power Of Positive Drinking (Reed/Fonfara) (2:13) / 4. The Day John Kennedy Died (4:05) / 5. Home Of The Brave (6:49) / 6. I Love You, Suzanne (3:15) / 7. Tell It To Your Heart (5:11) / 8. A Conversation With Lou Reed (25:54).

Promo only Lou Reed compilation including 4 Velvet Underground tracks (*).


Peel Slowly And See

UNTITLED

Promo CDEP Les Inrockuptibles/Fondation Cartier/Fnac/Polydor 4066 Hors Commerce, France, 1990

1. Jingle Radio (0:58) / 2. One Of These Days (4:00) / 3. Pale Blue Eyes (6:21) / 4. I'm Sticking With You (2:37) / 5. Ride Into The Sun (3:47).

1 : radio ad by Bill 'Rosko' Mercer for third LP, 1969 / 2-4 : End Of Cole Ave, Dallas, Texas, October 19, 1969 / 5 : acetate demo, late 1969.

Limited numbered edition of 3000 copies, offered with the French Polydor 4-CD box set, only in Fnac stores. Card sleeve with peelable banana sticker.

One Of These Days has 'exclusive' 25-seconds intro which is missing on the Live At End Of Cole Ave. 2-CD bootleg.


Ride Into The Sun

RIDE INTO THE SUN

Promo CDEP Les Inrockuptibles/Polydor 4066, France, 1993

New promo edition of the French Polydor CD box bonus CDEP, given for subscription to French magazine Les Inrockuptibles. Some copies were also given to winners of a game on French daily newspaper Libération minitel server. The sleeve is different with a nice photograph of Lou Reed by Stephen Shore.


Polydor 513 516-2

BEST OF VELVET UNDERGROUND

Polydor 513 516-2, Germany, 1992

1. I'm Waiting For The Man (4:37) / 2. Lady Godiva's Operation (4:52) / 3. The Gift (8:14) / 4. Venus In Furs (5:07) / 5. Heroin (7:05) / 6. Sunday Morning (2:53) / 7. Run, Run, Run (4:18) / 8. Chelsea Girls (7:25) / 9. It Was A Pleasure Then (8:00) / 10. I'll Be Your Mirror (2:01) / 11. European Son (7:40) / 12. Winter Song (3:15) / 13. That's The story of My Life (2:05) / 14. Pale Blue Eyes (5:38).

Special edition compilation for German stores Zweitausendeins book/CD bargain chain. 1994 reissue in cardboard gatefold sleeve - maybe two different qualities of cardboard. Realisation: Claudia Riebeling. Track 8 is mispelled as Chelsea Girl.


2-45464-A

2-45464-A

LIVE MCMXCIII

2-CD, Sire/Warner Bros. 2-45434-A, USA, 1993

Advance "PROMOTION ONLY. NOT FOR SALE." edition coming in two jewel boxes with tracklisting on rear covers. Offers same audio material as the regular edition.


Live MCMXCIII - Special Edition

LIVE MCMXCIII

Sire/Warner Bros. 9362-45434-2, USA, 1993

Limited edition, packaged in a puffy black 5 x 7 inch padded PVC digipak, with 27 small yellow/blue peelable banana stickers. Group and album titles and back tracklisting (which is erroneous as on the normal release) are stickers. Same insert as in the regular single CD edition, with Pale Blue Eyes lyrics.


Sire PRCD7

Sweet Jane

Promo CD single, Sire-Warner Bros PRCD7, Germany, 1993

One-track prome CD with clear cover and no artwork.


Sire PRO-CD-6623

Sweet Jane / Beginning To See The Light

Promo 2-track CD, Sire Warner Bros. PRO-CD-6623, USA, 1993

1. Sweet Jane (Radio Version) (5:24) / 2. Beginning To See The Light (Album Version) (5:00).

1-2: L'Olympia, June 15-17, 1993.

Sweet Jane is listed as Radio Version (this is actually a censored Live MCMXCIII version, with "muthafuckas" edited out). No artwork, the backcover indicates curiously a 1990 copyright...


wea 1.681

Rock 'n' Roll

Promo CD single, WEA 1.681, Spain, 1994

One-track promo CD in clear plastic case without artwork.


wea 1.699

White Light/White Heat

Promo CD single, Sire-Warner Bros 1.699, Spain, 1994

One-track promo CD in clear plastic case without artwork.


Andy Warhol From Tapes

ANDY WARHOL FROM TAPES: SOUNDS OF HIS LIFE AND WORK

Andy Warhol Museum AWM-1, USA, 1994

This CD offers excerpts from Andy Warhol's tapes including some material from a Velvet Underground March 1966 rehearsal. The CD is for sale at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Available either with The Andy Warhol Museum book (AWM/D.A.P./Cantz., US/BRD, 1994) or separetely in jewel case with credits on tray card.


Polydor PRSAD 00040

SELECTIONS FROM THE VELVET UNDERGROUND Peel Slowly And See

Promo CD, Chronicles/Polydor/Polygram PRSAD 00040, US, 1995

1. Sweet Jane / 2. Prominent Men / 3. All Tomorrow's Parties / 4. I'm Waiting For The Man / 5. I'll Be Your Mirror / 6. White Light/White Heat / 7. What Goes On (live version) / 8. Pale Blue Eyes / 9. Beginning To See The Light / 10. I Can't Stand It / 11. Rock And Roll / 12. Satellite Of Love.

12-track promo sampler from the Peel Slowly And See CD box set. digipak picture sleeve. Some copies came in the box and with the booklet of the complete set.


Sire-Warners-Alfredo 936245464-4-2

White Light/White Heat

Promo CD single, Sire-Warners-Alfredo 936245464-4-2, Spain, 1996

Limited numbered edition of 10! Included in the epic deluxe pals-of-VUAS edition of WGO #5 box set. With lyrics, black-velveted White Light cover, complete with skull, front and back, and a dedication to Sterling.


ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES - REMEMBERING THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

The Andy Warhol Museum, USA, 1996. Engineered by Big Science.

1. Walk Alone (3:28) (Lou Reed?) / 2. Venus in Furs/Crackin' Up (3:50) (Lou Reed / Ellis McDaniel) Reed teaches Nico the lyrics to Venus while the band plays Crackin' Up / 3. Rhythm & blues instrumental (2:22) / 4. Run Run Run intro to Miss Joanie Lee (11:48) (Lou Reed?) / 5. Day Tripper intro to Boom Boom Boom Boom instrumental (6:18) (Lennon/McCartney / John Lee Hooker) / 6. Rockabilly instrumental (1:15) / 7. Blues instrumental (5:18) / 8. Heroin (6:10) (Lou Reed) / 9. There She Goes Again (3:29) (Lou Reed) Lou Reed on vocals / 10. Green Onion (5:57) (Booker and the MGs) / 11. There She Goes Again (4:18) (Lou Reed) / 12. Heroin (4:12) (Lou Reed) / 13. I'll Keep It With Mine (3:33) (Bob Dylan) / 14. European Son / Suzie Q (Lou Reed / John Cale / Sterling Morrison / Maureen Tucker) / 15. Get It On Time (2:18) (Lou Reed) / 16. I'll Be Your Mirror (3:20) (Lou Reed).

1-11: Rehearsal in Warhol's Factory, January 3, 1966 / 12-14: Up tight performance at Cinematheque, N.Y.C., February 6, 1966 / 15, 16: Rehearsal in the Factory before The Exploding Plastic Inevitable tour, March 7, 1966. Original recordings from the collection of The Andy Warhol Foundation for The Visual Arts, Inc. Digitally remastered by Big Science Recording, July 1996. Recorded on a reel to reel tape recorder, possibly by Andy Warhol.

This unique CD was produced exclusively for the exhibition "All Tomorrow's Parties: Remembering The Velvet Underground" at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. THIS RECORDING IS NOT FOR SALE. The Museum has one copy of the CD, and it is available for a listen, but you have to make a research appointment with Museum's Archivist. Public hours for research in the Archives are Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This is the only access the public has to the recording. Email at awmarc2@warhol.org for an appointment 2-3 weeks in advance.


Loaded, red velvet edition

LOADED (Fully Loaded Edition)

2 CDs, Rhino Records R2 72563, USA, 1997

Limited edition in a red velvet pouch with sticker.


MOFI UDCD 695

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO

24K gold disc, Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs UDCD 695, USA, April 1997

1. Sunday Morning (2:54) / 2. I'm Waiting For The Man (4:38) / 3. Femme Fatale (2:37) / 4. Venus In Furs (5:09) / 5. Run Run Run (4:19) / 6. All Tomorrow's Parties (5:57) / 7. Heroin (7:11) / 8. There She Goes Again (2:39) / 9. I'll Be Your Mirror (monophonic) (2:12) / 10. The Black Angel's Death Song (3:12) / 11. European Son (7:47) / 12. All Tomorrow's Parties (alt. mix) (5:58).

24-karat audiophile CD pressing. The liner has a reprint of the reviews printed inside the original gatefold cover and two photos of the band - including one with Doug Yule!


MOFI UDCD 724

WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT

24K gold disc, Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs UDCD 724, USA, May 19, 1998

1. White Light/White Heat (2:46) / 2. The Gift (8:18) / 3. Lady Godiva's Operation (4:55) / 4. Here She Comes Now (2:02) / 5. I Heard Her Call My Name (4:37) / 6. Sister Ray (17:34).

24-karat gold audiophile CD pressing. 14-page booklet with a nice black on black skull tatoo on cover, lyrics and two photos from Suzan Cooper Archives inside - both same as in the 1996 CD reissue. Lou Reed is credited as "lead guitar".


THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO

Polygram 531 250-2, France, March 1999

French digipak edition with close-cut banana on cover. Same insert as the 1996 "crystal box" reissue, with a close-cut banana however.


The Peeling...

THE PEELING OF THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

Pop & Rock EP 0003 / Universal 156 939-2, Greece, 2000

1. Pale Blue Eyes (5:42) / 2. All Tomorrow's Parties (5:58) / 3. Stephanie Says (2:49) / 4. I'm Waiting For The Man (4:38) / 5. White Light/White Heat (2:45).

Greek CDEP coming with Pop & Rock magazine. Beautiful digipak artwork with picture disc reproducing the original Verve 45 design with dark blue/silver T label. All Tomorrow's Parties is the double-voice version and Pale Blue Eyes is Lou Reed's "closet" mix version.


POCY-9001

VU ORIGINAL JACKET COLLECTION

Polypop Universal POCY 9001-6, Japan, 2000

The "VU ORIGINAL JACKET COLLECTION" is a 6-CD series including:

  • The Velvet Underground And Nico - POCY-9001
  • White Light/White Heat - POCY-9002
  • The Velvet Underground - POCY-9003
  • VU - POCY-9004
  • Another View - POCY-9005
  • Nico - Chelsea Girl - POCY-9006

All CDs come with an exact repro of the original cover artwork! The Velvet Underground And Nico has a gatefold sleeve with peelable banana sticker (!) and big black sticker covering Emerson on back (!!!). The 6 CDs are available individually and were also reunited in a special box, only available at Union store in Tokyo.


L'Espresso

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO

Polydor/L'Espresso, Italy, 2001

Special Edition coming with the February 15, 2001 (N.7-anno XLVII) issue of the Italian magazine L'Espresso.


 

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO

WAK SW016-2, Russia, 2001

Alternate cover.


An Introduction...

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

Universal Polydor 549 690-2, UK, May 2001

CDR acetate promo for the UK compilation. Both disc and insert reads "CAT #. 549 690-2 / RELEASE DATE: 02/07/01" and have Universal and Polydor logo.

1. Temptation Inside Your Heart (2:30) / 2. Rock n' Roll (live) (6:03) / 3. Lady Godiva's Operation (4:54) / 4. Candy Says (4:03) / 5. I'll Be Your Mirror (2:08) / 6. Foggy Notion (6:38) / 7. Pale Blue Eyes (5:41) / 8. White Light, White Heat (2:46) / 9. Sweet Jane (live) (3:57) / 10. Here She Comes Now (2:03) / 11. Some Kinda Love (3:38) / 12. Stephanie Says (2:48) / 13. There She Goes Again (2:37) / 14. Run Run Run (4:20) / 15. What Goes On (4:33) / 16. Venus In Furs (5:11).


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VELVET UNDERGROUND - VOL. 1-3

3-CD, Polydor, France, September 2001

Advance CDR promo set for The Velvet Underground Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes.


Selected Highlights

SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 3-CD BOX SET - THE VELVET UNDERGROUND BOOTLEG SERIES, VOLUME 1 - THE QUINE TAPES

CD, Polydor/Universal, UK, September 2001

Promo only 6-track sampler from The Velvet Underground Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes. PVC case with printed insert.

1. Waiting For The Man (8/11/69) (7:46) / 2. What Goes On (8/11/69) (8:25) / 3. White Light/White Heat (1/12/69) (10:03) / 4. Heroin (23/11/69) (8:11) / 5. Rock And Roll (25/11/69) (6:49) / 6. Sister Ray/Foggy Notion (11/5/69) (28:43).


Bootleg Series...

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND Bootleg Series, Volume One - The Quine Tapes

3-CD, Universal, UK, 2001

UK advance 3-CDR set - each disc comes in clear platic sleeve with tracklist insert. Same tracks as the final release.


UICY-9139/40

VU ORIGINAL JACKET COLLECTION

Universal UICY 9134-41, Japan, October/November 2001

Reissue of the "VU ORIGINAL JACKET COLLECTION" with 1969 Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed added to the series. It was reissued on October 31 (except Another View which was released on November 7). Each CD comes in cardboard sleeve replica of the original US cover.

  • The Velvet Underground And Nico - UICY-9134
  • White Light/White Heat - UICY-9135
  • The Velvet Underground - UICY-9136
  • VU - UICY-9137
  • Another View - UICY-9138
  • 1969 Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed - UICY-9139/40
  • Nico - Chelsea Girl - UICY-9141

UK advance promo

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO - Deluxe Edition

2CD, Polydor Universal 589 624-2, UK, April 2002

Advance CDR edition "For Promotional Use Only Not For Resale", in clear plastic cover with insert and promo sheet.


Very Best Of - UK advance promo

Very Best Of - Universal [disc]

VERY BEST OF

Polydor Universal, UK, 2003

The Very Best Of The Velvet Underground (Universal Polydor 065 625-2) advance CDR edition "For Promotional Use Only Not For Resale", in clear plastic cover with insert.

1. Sweet Jane (4:05) / 2. I'm Sticking With You (2:27) / 3. I'm Wainring For The Man (4:40) / 4. What Goes On (Closet Mix) (4:32) / 5. White Light/White Heat (2:46) / 6. All Tomorrow's Parties (5:57) / 7. Pale Blue Eyes (5:42) / 8. Femme Fatale (2:38) / 9. Heroin (7:09) / 10. Here She Comes Now (2:01) / 11. Stephanie Says (2:49) / 12. Venus In Furs (5:08) / 13. Beginning To See The Light (4:47) / 14. I Heard Her Call My Name (4:36) / 15. Some Kinda Love (3:39) / 16. I Can't Stand It (3:21) / 17. Sunday Morning (2:54) / 18. Rock And Roll (4:49).


1st edition

1st edition (back)

LIVE AT MAX'S KANSAS CITY (Deluxe Edition)

2CD, Atlantic/Rhino Records, USA, March 2004

First Advance CDR edition. Disc 1 has a 11th 2:01 unlisted Conversation track. Disc 2 has the 0:51 Atlantic Records promo spot as unlisted 11th track.

Disc 1: 1. Intro (1:10) / 2. I'm Waiting For The Man (4:25) / 3. White Light/White Heat (5:57) / 4. I'm Set Free (6:04) / 5. Sweet Jane (Version 1) (5:19) / 6. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (Version 1) (4:31) / 7. New Age (6:34) / 8. Beginning To See The Light (5:41) / 9. Cool It Down (Rehearsal) (4:25) / 10. Who Loves The Sun (Rehearsal) (3:53).

Disc 2: 1. Who Loves The Sun (Partial) (2:17) / 2. Sweet Jane (Version 2) (5:58) / 3. I'll Be Your Mirror (3:02) / 4. Pale Blue Eyes (7:10) / 5. Candy Says (5:49) / 6. Sunday Morning (3:50) / 7. After Hours (3:01) / 8. Femme Fatale (3:54) / 9. Some Kinda Love (10:52) / 10. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (Version 2) (4:23).


Live at Max's (Deluxe Edition) advance

2nd edition

LIVE AT MAX'S KANSAS CITY (Deluxe Edition)

2CD, Atlantic/Rhino Records, USA, June 2004

Second Advance CDR edition - with rehearsal tracks and Conversation edited out on disc 1. Disc 2 has the Atlantic Records promo spot as unlisted 11th track.

Disc 1: 1. I'm Waiting For The Man (5:50) / 2. White Light/White Heat (6:07) / 3. I'm Set Free (5:33) / 4. Sweet Jane (Version 1) (6:18) / 5. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (Version 1) (4:41) / 6. New Age (6:44) / 7. Beginning To See The Light (5:50).

Disc 2: 1. Who Loves The Sun (Partial) (2:17) / 2. Sweet Jane (Version 2) (5:58) / 3. I'll Be Your Mirror (3:02) / 4. Pale Blue Eyes (7:10) / 5. Candy Says (5:49) / 6. Sunday Morning (3:50) / 7. After Hours (3:01) / 8. Femme Fatale (3:54) / 9. Some Kinda Love (10:52) / 10. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (Version 2) (4:23).


LIVE AT MAX'S KANSAS CITY (Deluxe Edition)

2CD, WSM. WARNER STRATEGIC MARKETING, UK, 2004

Advance CDR edition - with rehearsal tracks and Conversation edited out on disc 1. Disc 2 has the Atlantic Records promo spot as unlisted 11th track. Clear PVC sleeve with insert and 1-page press release (BRASSNECKPUBLICITY, London . WSM/Rhino).


UICY-95020

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO

CD, Universal UICY-95020, Japan, June 2, 2005

Special CD edition in LP-size cover.


UICY-90779

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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO

SHM-CD, Universal UICY-90779, Japan, August 2, 2008

2008 Japanese exclusive limited edition 11-track digitally remastered SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players).


 

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO

Polydor/Panorama, Italy, 2008

Special Edition


 

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO

Polydor/Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso, Italy, February 2010

Special Edition with magazine XL La Repubblica.


Universal UIGY-9028

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO

SA-CD SHM, Universal UIGY-9028, Japan, June 30, 2010

Super Audio CD SHM edition in 4 flaps folded cover. Obi.


The Velvet Underground & Nico | Blu-ray Disc Pure Audio | Universal

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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO

Blu-ray Disc Pure Audio, Universal 0075342997, France, May 2013

Blu-ray Disc Pure Audio. 24Bit/96Khz. Includes PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master Audio 2.0 and Dolby True HD 2.0. Also includes a voucher for digital download (MP3 & HD).


White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition | Promotional copy

WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT

2CD, Polydor Universal Prescription 8, UK, 2013

Promotional copy of the 2CD 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of White Light/White Heat. 2 CD in separate plastic sleeves with "Super Deluxe Edition" picture and tracklists.


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