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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO
MGM 2303 029

MGM 2303 029, 1972?

Side 1: MGM 2303029 1 380 CIDIS
Side 2: MGM 2303029 2 380 CIDIS

Original French edition. Glossy gatefold with printed banana, catalog number printed on upper right hand corner. Back cover without Emerson, catalog number and B price code on top right, "SIAT - PARIS distribution exclusive Polydor S.A." on bottom right. MGM gold/blue label.


MGM 2303 029

MGM 2303 029, 197?

Side 1: MGM 2303029 1 380 CIDIS
Side 2: MGM 2303029 2 380 CIDIS

Glossy gatefold without catalog number printed inside. Printed banana, catalog number printed on upper right hand corner. Back cover without Emerson, catalog number and B price code on top right, "SIAT - PARIS distribution exclusive Polydor S.A." on bottom right. MGM lion black label.


MGM 2303 029 POL 340, 197?

Side 1: MGM 2303029 1 380 CIDIS
Side 2: MGM 2303029 2 380 CIDIS

Gatefold cover with printed banana, catalog number printed on top right. Back cover without Emerson, with catalog number and POL 340 code printed on top right, and "SIAT - PARIS distribution exclusive Polydor S.A." printed on bottom right. MGM lion black label.

There are two different cover versions with the same record inside: one with catalog number printed inside the gatefold, the other without.


Polydor 2303 029

Polydor 2303 029 POL 311, 1983

Side 1: 2303029 1 380 CIDIS
Side 2: 2303029 2 380 CIDIS
MGM is erased.

Gatefold, printed banana, catalog number printed on top right and Polydor logo inserted on bottom right. Backcover with Polydor logo printed on top left, catalog number and POL 311 code on top right, and "Diffusé par POLYDOR 2, rue Cavalotti, 75018 Paris" printed at bottom. Red Polydor label.


 

Polydor 2303 029 POL 268, 19??

Side 1: 160 MGM 2303029 1 380 CIDIS D
Side 2: 160 MGM 2303029 2 380 CIDIS D5

Gatefold, printed banana, catalog number printed on top right and Polydor logo inserted on bottom right. Backcover with Polydor logo printed on top left, catalog number and POL 268 code on top right, and "Diffusé par POLYDOR 2, rue Cavalotti, 75018 Paris" printed at bottom. Red Polydor label.


Polydor 823 290-1

Polydor 823 290-1, 1996

Side 1: DFI 96 8 823290A JC
Side 2: DFI 968 823 290 1 B JC

Special limited reissue for French fnac stores. No gatefold, printed banana, "THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO" printed in upper left hand corner. Back cover with credits, without Emerson. Black Polydor label.


WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT
Verve 2304 328

Verve 2304 328, 1977

Side 1: VEXV2304328 1 380 CIDIS
Side 2: VEXV2304328 2 380 CIDIS

Glossy black cover without skull, with catalog number on top right. Some copies with "Best anthologie" sticker on front cover. Catalog number and Y price code printed on top right. Here She Comes Now, Lou Reed guitar credit, no Warhol credit, "DISTRIBUTION EXCLUSIVE POLYDOR S.A.", "Imp. C.I.D.I.S. Louviers "Made and Printed in France"". Black Verve label.

Also exists as promo copies with "Vente Interdite/Echantillon Gratuit" stamped/engraved in upper left-hand front cover corner.


THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
MGM 2315 393

MGM 2315 393, 1978

Side 1: MGM 2315 393 1 380 CIDIS
Side 2: MGM 2315 393 2 380 CIDIS

Grey halation on front cover, with catalog number printed on upper right hand corner. "Distribution exclusive POLYDOR S.A." and Y price code on back cover. Black MGM label. Mispressed (Beginning To See The Light twice at the beginning of side two!!!). Lou Reed's mix.

Also exists as promo copies with "Vente Interdite/Echantillon Gratuit" stamped/engraved in upper left-hand front cover corner.


MGM 2315 393

MGM 2315 393, 197?

Side 1: MGM 2315 393 1 380 CIDIS
Side 2: MGM 2315 393 2 380 CIDIS

Grey halation on front cover with catalog number on top right. "Fabriqué en France / Distribué par Polydor 2, rue Cavallotti 75018 PARIS / Imp. POLYGRAM INDUSTRIES MESSAGERIES / "Imprimé et fabriqué en France"" and POL 340 price code on back cover. Black MGM label. Mispressing, Beginning To See The Light twice at the beginning of side two. Lou Reed's mix.


LOADED
The Velvet Underground | Loaded | Cotillion 940 060 | France

Cotillion 940 060, 1971

Side 1: COT XXX 940060 A
Side 2: COT XXX 940060 B

Original edition. Glossy cover with Cotillion logo on top left and "940.060" on top right. Back cover with T price code on top right, "Distribution BARCLAY" at bottom, and "Imp. MSP. 808.19.10 - Imprimé en France" at bottom right. Cottilion blue marble label. ATL letters erased with XXX in the matrix.


Cotillion 940 060

Cotillion 940 060, 197?

Side 1: ATL XXX XXX 940060 A
Side 2: ATL XXX XXX 940060 B

Early reissue coming in the same cover but record with red/white/purple Atlantic label. Original ATL COT letters erased in the matrix.


midi MID 20049

Label

midi MID 20049, 1973

Side 1: WEA ST-CTN-702029-B 20049 A
Side 2: WEA ST-CTN-702030-B

Reissue part of WEA's Original Rock Classics series. Redesigned front cover with The Velvet Underground Featuring Lou Reed. This French edition came in the same sleeve as the German issue - back cover with late 1971 line-up photo and liner notes in English. Orange midi label. The French label is different from the German one - different lettering, SACEM mark, and white midi logo (instead of black on the German edition). This is a high-quality heavy vinyl pressing.


LIVE AT MAX'S KANSAS CITY
Cotillion 30022

Cotillion 30022, 1972

Side 1: ST-CTN-722487A
Side 2: ST-CTN-722488A

Original edition. Glossy cover. C price code, "DISTRIBUTION WEA FILIPACCHI MUSIC", "Imprimerie Graphicolor" on back cover. Marble blue/grey Cotillion label.


SQUEEZE
Polydor 2480 159

Polydor 2480 159, 1973

Side 1: MPO PYR 2480159 A
Side 2: MPO PYR 2480159 B

Original edition.

Glossy cover, catalog number on upper right hand corner. Back cover has catalog number and "U" price code printed on top right.

Red French Polydor label with black & white Polydor logo.


Polydor 2480 159

Polydor 2480 159, circa 1974

Side 1: MPO PYR 2480159 A
Side 2: MPO PYR 2480159 B

Glossy cover, catalog number on upper right hand corner. Back cover has catalog number and "B" price code printed on top right.

Red French Polydor label with black & white Polydor logo.


Polydor 2480 159

Polydor 2480 159, 198?

Side 1: MPO PYR 2480159 A
Side 2: MPO PYR 2480159 B

Reissued record in original cover. Same cover as original edition but price code is covered with a small yellow "POL 340" sticker.

Red/black Polydor label.

Same record as the edition listed below.


Polydor 2480 159

Polydor 2480 159, 198?

Side 1: MPO PYR 2480159 A
Side 2: MPO PYR 2480159 B

Reissue. Glossy cover, catalog number on upper right hand corner. Back cover has catalog number and "POL 340" price code printed on top right, and "Imprimé en France"/"Imp. SIAT-PARIS" on bottom right.

Red/black Polydor label.

Red French Polydor label with black Polydor logo.


1969 VELVET UNDERGROUND LIVE WITH LOU REED
6643 017

Mercury 6643 017, 1974

Side 1: MER 6499895 1 380 CIDIS
Side 2: MER 6499895 2 380 CIDIS
Side 3: MER 6499896 1 380 CIDIS
Side 4: MER 6499896 2 380 CIDIS

Gatefold glossy cover with catalog number stickered on top left. Backcover with "DISTRIBUTION PHONOGRAM", "2T STEREO 6643 017" stickered on top right. Dark grey Mercury label.


6643 017

Mercury 6643 017, 19??

Side 1: MER 6499895 1 380 CIDIS
Side 2: MER 6499895 2 380 CIDIS
Side 3: MER 6499896 1 380 CIDIS
Side 4: MER 6499896 2 380 CIDIS

Gatefold glossy cover with catalog number printed on top left. Green color is a bit lighter. "DISTRIBUTION PHONOGRAM", T price code. Black Mercury label.


Mercury 6643 017, 19??

Third edition with POL price code.


VU
823 721-1

Verve Polygram 823 721-1, 1985

Side 1: 180 823721 1 // 1 380 POLYGRAM
Side 2: 180 823721 1 // 2 380 POLYGRAM

Front cover with Verve logo printed at bottom right and catalog number on top right. Backcover with barcode, POL 365 and cassette catalog number on top right; "Diffusé par POLYDOR", "2, rue Cavallotti, 75018 Paris" on bottom left. "Kurt Loder liner" inner sleeve. Black Verve label.


ANDY WARHOL'S VELVET UNDERGROUND FEATURING NICO

Metro 2629 001

Andy Warhol's Velvet Underground Featuring Nico | Metro 2629 001 (original Ux2 edition) | Label

Metro Records 2629 001

Side 1: 2355017 1 380
Side 2: 2355017 2 380
Side 3: 2355018 1 XX 380
Side 4: 2355018 2 380

Original edition.

Gatefold cover. "G.U. 2629 001" printed on the spine. Front cover with Metro Records logo at bottom and catalog number printed just above. Back cover with Ux2 price code on top right, "Distribution Polydor S.A." at the end of the liner notes, and "Imprimé en France - Imp. Glory - 92602 Asnières" on bottom left.

Dark grey/silver Metro label, Sister Ray is mispelled as Sister Bay on side 3. "MFD. BY GRAMMOPHON GESELLSCHAFT".

Side 1: 1. I'm Waiting For The Man (4:37) / 2. Candy Says (4:09) / 3. Run Run Run (4:18) / 4. White Light/White Heat (2:44) / 5. All Tomorrow's Parties (5:55).

Side 2: 1. Sunday Morning (2:53) / 2. I Heard Her Call My Name (4:05) / 3. Femme Fatale (2:35) / 4. Heroin (7:05) / 5. Here She Comes Now (2:30) / 6. There She Goes Again ( 2:30).

Side 3: 1. Sister Ray (17:00) / 2. Venus In Furs (5:07).

Side 4: 1. European Son (7:40) / 2. Pale Blue Eyes (5:40) / 3. Black Angel's Death Song (3:10) / 4. Beginning To See The Light (4:48).


Andy Warhol's Velvet Underground Featuring Nico | Metro 2629 001 (POL 390 edition) | Label

Metro Records 2629 001

Side 1: 2355017 1 380 CIDIS
Side 2: 2355017 2 380 CIDIS
Side 3: 2355018 1 XX 380 CIDIS
Side 4: 2355018 2 380 CIDIS

Reissue.

Gatefold cover. "G.U. 2629 001" printed on the spine. Front cover with Metro Records logo at bottom and catalog number printed just above. Back cover with POL 390 price code on top right, "Distribution Polydor S.A." at the end of the liner notes, and "Imprimé en France - Imp. Glory - 92602 Asnières" on bottom left.

Black/silver Metro label, Sister Ray is mispelled as Sister Bay on side 3. "MFD. BY GRAMMOPHON GESELLSCHAFT".


Andy Warhol's Velvet Underground Featuring Nico | Metro 2629 001 (POL 248 edition) | Label

Metro Records 2629 00-1

Side 1: 2355 017 1Y 1 P1969 670
Side 2: 2355 017 2Y 1 P1969 670
Side 3: 2355 018 1Y 1 P1969 670
Side 4: 2355 018 2Y 1 P1969 670

Reissue.

Gatefold cover. "PIETRO RECORDS 2629 001" printed on the spine. Front cover with catalog number printed on top right and Metro Records logo at bottom. Back cover with "2629 00-1" and POL 248 price code on top right, English notes by Russ Curry, "Diffusé par POLYDOR | 2, rue Cavallotti, 75018 Paris" at the end of the liner notes, and "Imp. Polygram Imprimé en France" on bottom right.

Dark grey Metro label, Sister Ray is mispelled as Sister Bay on side 3.


POP HISTORY VOL.12
Polydor 2612 021

label

Polydor 2612 021, September 1972

Side 1: 2344034 XXXXXX XXXXXXX X 380 1
Side 2: 2344034 XXXXXXX 2 380
Side 3: 2344033 XXXXXXX 1 380
Side 4: 2344033 XXXXXXX 2 380

2-LP compilation with same tracklist as the German Pop History Vol 19. The inside notes are actually reviews reprinted from The Velvet Underground And Nico original gatefold. Psychedelic laminated gatefold sleeve, "GRAVURE UNIVERSELLE" printed on top left and "album 2 disques" on bottom right, Tx2 price code on back cover. Red Polydor label. 20-second intro to The Murder Mystery is edited out!

Side 1: Lady Godiva's Operation (4:52) / Eulogy To Lenny Bruce (3:45) / What Goes On (4:52) / Winter Song (3:15) / Some Kind Of Love (3:35).

Side 2: The Gift (8:14) / Chelsea Girl (7:25) / I'm Set Free (4:05).

Side 3: The Murder Mystery (8:35) / Little Sister (4:20) / I'll Be Your Mirror (2:01) / Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (5:15).

Side 4: Jesus (6:24) / The Fairest Of The Seasons (4:05) / After Hours (2:05) / It Was A Pleasure The (8:00) / That's The Story Of My Life (2:05).


LOU REED AND THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
MGM 2315 246

label

MGM Pride Records 2315 246

Side 1: 2315246 1 380 CIDIS
Side 2: 2315 246 2 380 CIDIS

Swan glossy cover, with catalog number printed on top right. Back cover with U price code and "Made and Printed in France" / Imp. C.I.D.I.S. Louviers / Distribution exclusive Polydor S.A.. Blue/gold MGM label.

As all other editions of this compilation, the label reads "THAT's THE STORY OF MY LIFE" as album title, although it doesn't appear on the cover. Tucker is mispelled as "Tucken" in Sister Ray credits.

Side 1: That's The Story Of My Life (2:05) / Sister Ray (17:00) / Lady Godiva's Operation (4:52).
Side 2: Heroin (7:05) / Sunday Morning (2:53) / All Tomorrow's Parties (5:55) / There She Goes Again (2:30) / White Light/White Heat (2:44) / Femme Fatale (2:35).


MGM 2315 246

MGM Pride Records 2315 246

Side 1: 2315246 1 380 CIDIS
Side 2: 2315 246 2 380 CIDIS

Same record in the same cover but with different label.


MGM 2315 246

MGM Pride Records 2315 246

Side 1: 2315246 1 380 CIDIS
Side 2: 2315 246 2 380 CIDIS

Same record in the same cover but with another alternate label.


303 SM 4

Sélection du Reader's Digest Polydor 303 SM 4, 1981

Side 1: 958 303 SM4 LPL 5925 1Y 380 POLYGRAM
Side 2: 958 303SM 4 LPL 5925 2Y 380 POLYGRAM

Part of the "POP SUPERSTARS 60 - Les premières années de la pop music" 10-LP box set. Alternate cover art with Lou Reed photo by Claude Gassian. Back cover has exclusive liner notes in French by Henri Heymans. Black label which reads "THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AVEC LOU REED ET NICO".


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