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Velvet Underground
"The Velvet Underground"

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Year of Release: 1969

track listing
  • Candy Says
  • What Goes On
  • Some Kinda Love
  • Pale Blue Eyes
  • Jesus
  • Beginning To
    See The Light
  • I'm Set Free
  • That's The Story
    Of My Life
  • The Murder Mystery
  • After Hours

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    "The Velvet Underground"

    Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground has always been an interesting band. Their music was unique, and they may have been classified as the first punk rock band, as their music was ahead of its time. They would also be an inspiration to many punk rock bands that would later surface in the next decade (1970s). The Velvet Underground returns to the website, with their third album, their self-titled album, released in 1969. Their first album was released with singer Nico (1967's The Velvet Underground and Nico); White Light/White Heat was released in 1968.

    The ballads make this album as their dominant highlights: "Candy Says," "Pale Blue Eyes" and the harmonies on "Jesus" truly stand out, (as well as the other two songs mentioned), as Velvet Underground classics. "I'm Set Free" has a ballad touch, and has a medium-tempo sound as well.

    Best described as medium-tempo rock in sound, "Some Kinda Love," and "That's The Story Of My Life" can be classified as late-Sixties rock, yet unique as the Velvet Underground's sound and style is/was...

    The beginning foundations of what would later be called "punk rock" is heard in songs such as "What Goes On" and "Beginning To See The Light." Punk rock would get its name in the late 1970s, yet the Velvet Underground albums were released in the late 1960s, the Velvets' sound was truly ahead of its time.

    If you're familiar with the "strangeness" of the group's previous release, White Light/White Heat, "The Murder Mystery" does have a mystery about it; it's strange in sound and noise, as heard on many songs from their second album. And "different" best describes "After Hours"; having a whole different sound as heard from their previous releases in general; a female sings this song (assuming it's drummer Maureen Tucker?), and as heard on the Velvets' first album with singer Nico, "I'll Be Your Mirror" and "After Hours" are totally different in the usual musical style/sound of the Velvet Underground.

    The Velvet Underground release may have been more mellow in sound as their previous releases, yet it proves this group having a unique sound, and would later be an inspiration to many future punk rock bands, and many other rock bands in general. Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground were ahead of their time in music, and where most may not remember their music as popular as others, this band was quite interesting. Sure, their music is not normally heard on classic rock radio, but their music was interesting, and after 30 years of their existence, we can easily see where music would be changing into its next phase: punk rock, then from there, we could see the beginning stages of another form of change, Alternative Rock, which will proably lead to another change in music somewhere down the road in the future of the 21st Century.

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