The Velvet Underground’s 50th anniversary to be celebrated with career-spanning vinyl box set

Including the band's four LPs and the fabled "lost" 1969 album


    Photo via Michael Ochs Archives/UMG

    In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Velvet Underground, Verve Records/UMe is releasing a career-spanning vinyl box set on February 23rd. Aptly dubbed The Velvet Underground, the collection boasts all four of the band’s full-lengths, along with their much fabled “lost” 1969 album and the debut LP of close collaborator Nico.

    Assembled by Grammy-winning producer Bill Levinson, the limited-edition release includes their classic debut, 1967’s The Velvet Underground and Nico, highlighted by singles “Sunday Morning” and “I’m Waiting for the Man”. There’s also 1968’s White Light/White Heat, VU’s last record with co-founder John Cale, and their commercial breakthrough and final LP, Loaded from 1970. Nico’s first proper album, 1967’s Chelsea Girl, is also part of the set.

    Of particular note is a recreation of the legendary rock outfit’s “lost” album, 1969. Possibly intended to be Lou Reed & co.’s fourth official LP, it was rumored to have been ultimately turned down by MGM. The album’s 20 tracks were originally recorded not long after their self-titled album and include titles like “Foggy Nation”, “Ride Into the Sun”, and “I Can’t Stand It”. While some of these recordings have been released before, this is the first time they’ve been collected on vinyl in this 2LP format; additionally, they come padded with bonus tracks circa 1968, such as “Hey Mr. Rain” and “Stephanie Says”.


    All six LPs will be pressed on 180-gram black vinyl and encased in a special black slipcase. The box set is also packaged with an exclusive 48-page booklet comprised of a new foreword written by founding member Moe Tucker, old photos, and lyrics. Only 1000 copies of the box set will be released; pre-orders have begun here.

    The Velvet Underground and Nico (March 1967):

    Side One
    01. Sunday Morning
    02. I’m Waiting For The Man
    03. Femme Fatale
    04. Venus In Furs
    05. Run Run Run
    06. All Tomorrow’s Parties

    Side Two
    01. Heroin
    02. There She Goes Again
    03. I’ll Be Your Mirror
    04. The Black Angel’s Death Song
    05. European Son


    Nico: Chelsea Girl (October 1967):

    Side One
    01. The Fairest of the Seasons
    02. These Days
    03. Little Sister
    04. Winter Song
    05. It Was A Pleasure Then

    Side Two
    01. Chelsea Girls
    02. I’ll Keep It With Mine
    03. Somewhere There’s a Feather
    04. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
    05. Eulogy To Lenny Bruce

    White Light/White Heat (January 1968):

    Side One
    01. White Light/White Heat
    02. The Gift
    03. Lady Godiva’s Operation
    04. There She Comes Now


    Side Two
    01. I Heard Her Call My Name
    02. Sister Ray

    The Velvet Underground (March 1969):

    Side One
    01. Candy Says
    02. What Goes On
    03. Some Kinda Love
    04. Pale Blue Eyes
    05. Jesus

    Side Two
    01. Beginning To See The Light
    02. I’m Set Free
    03. That’s The Story Of My Life
    04. The Murder Mystery
    05. After Hours

    1969 (recorded May – October 1969):

    Side One
    01. Foggy Notion (original 1969 mix)
    02. One Of The Days (2014 mix)
    03. Lisa Says (2014 mix)
    04. I’m Sticking With You (original 1969 mix)
    05. Andy’s Chest (original 1969 mix)

    Side Two
    01. I Can’t Stand It (2014 mix)
    02. She’s My Best Friend (original 1969 mix)
    03. We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (2014 mix)
    04. I’m Gonna Move Right In (original 1969 mix)
    05. Ferryboat Bill (original 1969 mix)


    Side Three
    01. Coney Island Steeplechase (2014 mix)
    02. Ocean (original 1969 mix)
    03. Rock & Roll (original 1969 mix)
    04. Ride Into The Sun (2014 mix)

    Side Four – Bonus Tracks
    01. Hey Mr. Rain (version one)
    02. Guess I’m Falling In Love instrumental version)
    03. Temptation Inside Your Heart (original mix)
    04. Stephanie Says (original mix)
    05. Hey Mr. Rain (version two)
    06. Beginning To See The Light (early version)

    Loaded (November 1970):

    Side One
    01. Who Loves The Sun
    02. Sweet Jane
    03. Rock & Roll
    04. Cool It Down
    05. New Age

    Side Two
    01. Head Held High
    02. Lonesome Cowboy Bill
    03. I Found A Reason
    04. Train Round The Bend
    05. Oh! Sweet Nuthin’