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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO
The Velvet Underground And Nico | Verve VLP 9184 | cover
The Velvet Underground And Nico | Verve VLP 9184 | label

Verve VLP 9184, November 1967

Side 1: V 5008 A - 2
Side 2: V5008 B - 2

Original UK mono pressing.

No gatefold, with the back of the US cover as its front. Some copies have "mono" printed on top right.

Back cover has the credits and reviews from the US gatefold and reads "File under POPULAR : Pop Groups" on top right. "Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. Patent Pending". It has been said that it came with Emerson then without, but it appears that Emerson was really never on the UK original cover.

Black Verve label with silver T. Side 2 reads erroneously "V500B" with the "8" missing.


The Velvet Underground And Nico | Verve SVLP 9184 | label

Verve SVLP 9184, November 1967

Side 1: V6 5008A-2
Side 2: V6 5008B-2

Original UK stereo pressing.

No gatefold, with the back of the US cover as its front. Some copies have "stereo" printed on top right.

Back cover has the credits and reviews from the US gatefold and reads on top right "File under POPULAR : Pop Groups" on top right. "Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. Patent Pending".

Black Verve label with silver T.


Verve SUPER 2315056

Verve SUPER 2315 056, October 1971

Side A: 2315056 A//1 420 1 1 8
Side B: 2315056 B//1 420 1 2 7

First UK reissue.

Gatefold, printed banana, no Emerson. Stereo only. Some copies came in imported original US cover with peelable banana, and 2315 056 sticker covering US catalog numbers on back cover. "Sleeve printed and made by MacNeill Press Ltd., London, S.E.1", "MARKETED BY POLYDOR".

33% gold/66% blue MGM label. Label variations exist: some copies have "Copyright Control", some other have "Sunbury Music Ltd." printed under "STEREO".

This reissue was reviewed in October 9, 1971 issue of New Music Express.


2490 159

Verve DELUXE 2490 159, 197?

Side 1: 2490159 A
Side 2: 2490159 B

Gatefold. Back cover with "VERVE DELUXE 2490 159" printed on top right. "Sleeve printed and made by MacNeill Press Ltd., London, S.E.1", "MARKETED BY POLYDOR" printed inside the gatefold.

66% blue/33%gold MGM label.


SPELP 20

Polydor Mid-Price SPELP 20, August 1983

Side 1: SPELP20A/1V420W
Side 2: SPELP20B/1V420W

No gatefold. No credits on back cover.

Red Polydor label.

Also exists as musicasette SPEPC 20.


HMV C88 1-15

HMV C88 1-15 / Polydor Mid-Price SPELP 20, 1988

Side 1: SPELP20A/1V420W
Side 2: SPELP20B/1V420W

Boxed "Polydor SPELP 20" edition, part of the HMV Classic Collection series, limited numbered edition of 1500, with 12-page booklet and HMV insert.


The Velvet Underground & Nico | SVLP 090

Test pressing

Verve Simply Vinyl SVLP 090, June 1999

Side 1: SVLP 090 A1
Side 2: SVLP 090 B1

Audiophile 180g limited edition.

Heavy quality gatefold cover in special plastic sleeve with two silver sticker. Printed banana. Back cover without Emerson, with catalog number and barcode printed on top. Simply Vinyl catalog insert.

Blue/silver Verve label.

Also exists as white label test pressing in "Simply Vinyl" custom sleeve.


 

MGM 2315 056

Side 1: ???
Side 2: ???

Reissue on light blue vinyl.

Repro of blue/gold 2315 056 MGM label.


WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT
VLP 9201

Verve VLP 9201, June 1968

Side 1: V 5046 A-1
Side 2: V 5046 B-1

Original mono edition.

Glossy cover with skull, "flaps folded" back cover which reads "File Under: POPULAR: Pop Groups" on the back top margin, "Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. Patents Pending S/VLP 9201" on bottom right, "VLP 9201 Also available in Stereo No. SVLP 9201". Here She Comes Now, Lou Reed "guitar" credit, no Warhol credit.

Black Verve label.


SVLP 9201

Verve SVLP 9201, June 1968

Side 1: V6 5046 A-2
Side 2: V6 5046 B-1

Original stereo edition.

Glossy cover with skull. "Flaps folded" back cover which reads "File under POPULAR : Pop Groups" on top right, "Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. Patents Pending S/VLP 9201" on bottom right. Here She Comes Now, Lou Reed "guitar" credit, no Warhol credit.

Black Verve label.


2353 024

MGM 2353 024 SELECT, 1976

Side 1: 2353024 A//1 420
Side 2: 2353024 B//1 420

Toy soldiers cover (cover photo by Hamish Grimes) with MGM lion logo. Here She Comes Now, Lou Reed guitar credit, no Warhol credit. Back cover reads "Sleeve printed and made by MacNeill Press" and "MARKETED BY POLYDOR" on bottom left.

75% blue/25% gold MGM label.


2353 024

MGM 2353 024 SELECT, 1980?

Side 1: 2353024 A//1 420
Side 2: 2353024 B//1 420

Toy soldiers cover with MGM logo. Here She Comes Now, Lou Reed guitar credit, no Warhol credit. Back cover reads "Sleeve printed and made in England by Akenmay Ltd." and "MARKETED BY POLYDOR" on bottom left.

75% blue/25% gold MGM label.


White Light/White Heat | Polydor SPELP 73 | black label

White Light/White Heat | Polydor SPELP73 | red label

Polydor MID-PRICE SPELP 73, April 1984

Side 1: SPELP73A//1V420W
Side 2: SPELP73B//1V420W

Mid-price reissue.

Toy soldiers cover without MGM logo. Here She Comes Now mislisted as "HER SHE COMES NOW" on back cover, "Lou Reed guitar" credit, no Warhol credit, "Marketed and distributed in the UK by Polydor Ltd., 13/14 Saint George Street, London W1R 9DE".

Black/silver T Verve label.

Some copies with the same cover have a red Polydor label record inside (with 2353 024 catalog number printed on label).


SVLP 200

Simply Vinyl SVLP 200, May 2000

Side 1: 08 43569 20 1A1 SVLP 200
Side 2: 08 43569 20 1B1 SVLP 200

Audiophile 180g limited edition.

Heavy quality gatefold cover in special plastic sleeve with two silver sticker. Black cover without skull. Back cover "There She Comes Now", Lou Reed lead guitar credit and no Warhol credit for cover concept. Hologram sticker on top left and catalog number and barcode printed on top right. Simply Vinyl catalog insert.

Blue/silver Verve label.


THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

CS 8108

MGM CS 8108 (back cover)

MGM CS 8108, April 1969

Side 1: 2YMG 291 - 1G
Side 2: 2YMG 292 - 1G

UK original pressing. Estimates of the number of copies pressed are around the 600 mark (250 to 300 with the 1-G matrix and then 250-300 with the 1-R matrix numbers).

Glossy laminated cover with alternate rear cover - it has the 'horizontal' split Lou Reed picture (later UK editions are 'vertical'). "Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. Patent No. 943.895".

50% blue/50% gold MGM label.

This UK first press was unique, containing a different mix to that which was issued in other countries. It offers indeed the Val Valentin's mix, with alternate take of Some Kinda Love. Valentin's discarded mix was mistakenly pressed into action, presumably as the result of MGM in the USA supplying the wrong masters.


2353 022

MGM 2353 022 SELECT, October 1971

Side 1: 2353022 A//1 420
Side 2: 2353022 B//1 420

also exists with alternate matrix numbers:
Side 1: 2353022 A//3 420
Side 2: 2353022 B//2 420

Front cover with MGM lion logo on bottom left. Back cover reads "MARKETED BY POLYDOR / Sleeve printed and made by MacNeill Press Ltd. London, S.E.1".

75% blue/25% gold MGM label. Lou Reed's mix.

This reissue was reviewed in October 9, 1971 issue of New Music Express.


 

MGM 2353 022 SELECT, 1980?

Side 1: 2353022 A//2 420 04
Side 2: 2353022 B//2 420 04

Front cover with MGM lion logo on bottom left.

Back cover reads "MARKETED BY POLYDOR / Sleeve printed and made in England by Akenmay Ltd".

75% blue/25% gold MGM label. Lou Reed's mix.


 

MGM 2353 022 SELECT, 19??

Side 1: -
Side 2: -

Front cover with MGM lion logo on bottom left.

Red Polydor label. Lou Reed's mix.


SVLP 110

Verve Simply Vinyl SVLP 110, November 1999

Side 1: SVLP 110 A-1-1-1
Side 2: SVLP 110 B-2-1-1-

Simply Vinyl 180g limited edition. Heavy quality gatefold cover in special plastic sleeve with two silver sticker. Simply Vinyl catalog insert.

Red Polydor label.

Val Valentin's mix.

Also exists as white label test pressing., with alternate matrix numbers:
Side 1: SVLP 110 A-1-1-1
Side 2: SVLP 110 B-1-1-1


LOADED
Atlantic 2400 111

Atlantic 2400 111, March 1971

Side 1: 2400111 A//1
Side 2: 2400111 B//1

Original UK edition manufactured by Polydor Records under licence from Atlantic. Front cover with ATLANTIC SUPER logo on top left. Red/white/mauve Atlantic label.

I've seen one copy on eBay with a 'blue' fronted cover (earliest cover? 'withdrawn' cover? proof sleeve?). It still has a white background but the 'subway' picture on the cover front is completely blue instead of being full color. This sleeve has not faded and this color is clearly from manufacture.


K-40113

Atlantic K40113, 1977

Side 1: W-5 K·40113· 2 A
Side 2: W-5 K·40113· 2 B

Front cover with Atlantic logo printed on top left. No barcode on back cover.

Green/white/orange Atlantic logo.


Atlantic K40113, May 1981

Orange/green label, some copies mispressed (Atlantic K40113-S1).


SVLP 22

Simply Vinyl SVLP 22, 1998

Side 1: R/S Alsdorf 40113 A2
Side 2: R/S Alsdorf 40113 B2

Limited edition in "Classic Albums 180g Virgin Vinyl Pressings Heavy Quality Sleeves", replica of the K-40113 1981 German edition. Sealed in plastic bag with 2 silver stickers. Atlantic logo on front cover.

Green/white/orange Atlantic label. Inner sheet with Simply Vinyl catalog.


 

Atlantic Rhino 8122-79734-9, April 21, 2012

Exclusive Record Store Day 2012 limited edition (800 copies). 180gram pink vinyl.

Record Store Day stickers pasted on shrink wrap.

Pink/purple Cotillion label.


LIVE AT MAX'S KANSAS CITY
K 30022

Atlantic K 30022, August 1972

Side 1: K 30022-A1
Side 2: K 30022-B1

Atlantic logo and catalog number on bottom left. Back cover reads "A COTILLION RECORD DISTRIBUTED BY WEA RECORDS LTD. / P1972 / SHOREPAK by Shorewood Packaging Co. Ltd., ENGLAND.".

Green/white/orange Atlantic label with "STEREO" erased and "MONO" printed in the green section.


SQUEEZE

Squeeze | Polydor 2383 180 SUPER | label

Squeeze | Polydor 2383 180 SUPER | alternate label

Polydor 2383 180 SUPER, February 1973

Side 1: 2383180 A//1 420
Side 2: 2383180 B//1 420

"Arranged and Produced by The Velvets", "All Titles written by D. Yule". "Sleeve printed & made by MacNeill Press Ltd., London S.E.I".

Red Polydor label. Also exists with a slightly different label "P1972 POLYDOR LTD." printed on two lines instead of one on the right side of the label...


Polydor 2383 SUPER | 2012 reissue | label

Polydor 2383 180 SUPER, 2012

Side 1: 001-A
Side 2: 001-B

Reissue.

Front cover has an additional "The fifth and final | Velvet Underground | studio album" printed on top right.

Red Polydor label, replica of the original release.


 

Kismet KISLP4031, 2012

Side 1: 102055E1/A
Side 2: 102055E2/A

Reissue on 180g vinyl.

Shrink wrap has a "KISMET | Rare psych music from around the world | ... on 180g vinyl" sticker.

White Kismet label on side 1, green/blue label on side 2.

Insert with reprint of Richard Williams' article from Melody Maker, October 19, 1971.


1969 VELVET UNDERGROUND LIVE WITH LOU REED
6641 900

Mercury 6641 900, February 1979

Side 1: 9198029 1//1vE420
Side 2: 9198029 2//1vE420
Side 3: 9198030 1v//1vE420
Side 4: 9198030 2v//1Ev420

Gatefold cover with opening for records on top. Front cover with "BACK TO BACK 2 RECORD SET" pink/blue logo on the left buttock, and black and white Mercury logo on bottom right. Back cover has also the 2 front cover logos. Neutral inner sleeve. Blue Mercury label.


PRID 7

Mercury PRID 7, November 1984

Side 1: PRID 7 A-2U-1-1
Side 2: PRID 7 B-4U-1-1
Side 3: 9198030A//2V420W
Side 4: PRID 7 D-3U-1-1

PRICELESS series reissue. Gatefold cover with opening for records on right side. Front cover with "BACK TO BACK 2 RECORD SET" pink/blue logo on the left buttock, and black and white Mercury logo on bottom right. Back cover has also the 2 front cover logos. PRICELESS series inner sleeve. Blue Mercury label.


ANDY WARHOL'S VELVET UNDERGROUND FEATURING NICO
MGM 2683 006

MGM 2683 006 SELECT, December 1971

Side 1: 235401 0 A//1
Side 2: 2354010 B//1
Side 3: 2354011 A//1
Side 4: 2354011 B//1

Gatefold cover with MGM Records lion logo. Sleeve printed and made by MacNeill Press Ltd. Illustration, Design and Art direction Davis/Berney/Wade (Wade is not credited on the other French, German or Dutch editions). Same back cover liner notes as the other editions, but Russ Curry is not credited as author. 2/3-blue/1/3-gold MGM labels.

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).


 

MGM 2683 006 SELECT

Reissue.

Red Polydor label.


LOU REED & THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
MGM 2315 258

MGM 2315 258 SUPER - label

MGM 2315 258 SUPER, October 1974

Side 1: 2315258 A//1 1 1 3
Side 2: 2315258 B//5 420 06 1 1 1

Compilation "Produced for reissue by Michael Viner". Marketed by Polydor Limited.

"Sleeve printed and made in England by MacNeill Press Ltd., London, SE1". Graphics by Harmut Pfeiffer.

Blue/gold MGM label.

Also available on Musicassette No. 3110 258 and 8 Track Cartridge No. 3807 258.


MGM 2315 258 - Polydor label

MGM 2315 258 SUPER

Side 1: 2315258 A-2U-1-1
Side 2: 2315258 B//7v420 W

Reissue. Marketed by Polydor Limited.

Same cover art. "Printed in England by Cloud & Baker Ltd."

Red Polydor label.


VELVET UNDERGROUND
2354 033

MGM 2354 033 SPECIAL, 1975

Side 1: 2354033 A//1 420 05
Side 2: 2354033 B//1 420 05

Side A : 1. White Light/White Heat / 2. What Goes On / 3. Venus In Furs / 4. That's The Story Of My Life / 5. Here She Comes Now / 6. Beginning To See The Light / 7. Jesus.

Side B : 1. Run Run Run / 2. Some Kinda Love / 3. The Gift / 4. I'm Set Free / 5. I Heard Her Call My Name.

Part of the MGM Special series. "Safety film" cover. Blue/gold MGM label. Compilation by Bob Clifford. Art direction by Vincent McEvoy. Design by Keith Davis. Sleeve printed by James Upton Ltd. Also available on musicassette MGM 3140 110.


SPELP 39

Polydor SPELP 39, May 1986

Side 1: SPELP 39 A//1v420
Side 2: SPELP 39 B//1v420

Polydor mid-price reissue. "Safety film" cover with blue border. Red polydor label with I'm Set Free misprinted I'm So Free. Also available on cassette Polydor SPEMC 39.


VU
POLD 5167

Verve Polygram POLD 5167, 1985

Side 1: POLD5167A//1
Side 2: POLD5167A//1

Insert with liner notes by Kurt Loder. Black Verve label with silver T. Also exists as musicassette (POLDC 5167)


ANOTHER VIEW
POLD 5208

Verve Polygram POLD 5208, 1986

Side 1: POLD5208 A11
Side 2: POLD5208 B11

Black Verve label with silver T. Also exists as musicassette (MC POLDC 5208)


THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
Polydor VUBOX 1

Polydor VUBOX 1 829 404-1, July 1986

5-LP box including also a large 8-page booklet with notes by Johnny Black.

The Velvet Underground & Nico
Verve Deluxe/Polydor 2485 118, Netherlands

Side 1: 2485 118 1Y 3 P1966 670
Side 2: AA 2485 118 2Y 1 670

Gatefold cover with printed banana, no Emerson, black Verve label with silver T.

White Light/White Heat
Verve/Polydor 2353 024, Netherlands

Side 1: 2353 024 1Y1 P1967 670 04
Side 2: 2353 024 2Y1 P1967 670 04

Black glossy cover with skull tatoo, Here She Comes Now, "Lou Reed guitar" credit, no Warhol credit, red Polydor label.

The Velvet Underground
MGM/Polydor 2353 022 SELECT, UK

Side 1: 2353022 A//5 420
Side 2: 2353022 B//3 420

Red Polydor label.

VU
Verve/Polygram/Polydor POLD 5167 (823 721-1), UK

Side 1: POLD5167A//1 420W
Side 2: POLD5167B//1 420W

"Also available on Polydor Records" on back cover, insert with liner notes by Kurt Loder, black Verve label with silver T.

Another View
Polygram 829 405-1

Side 1: 829405A//1 420W
Side 2: 829405B//1 420W

Neutral black sleeve, white label. The white label and box tracklist say "WE'RE GONNA HAVE A GOOD TIME TOGETHER" - "Real" is missing.


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