My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: The Velvet Underground was recorded in November and December of 1968 and released in March of 1969. It is the first album without John Cale.
What I think: I enjoyed the first two Velvet records, but I really love this one. I was familiar with most of the songs, but I believe this is the first time I’ve listened to it the whole way through. The move away from Cale and the Avant-Garde really makes this album. It is a very pretty album, with such a softness and tenderness to all of the songs. From beginning to end (with the exception of “The Murder Mystery” which seems unnecessary) it’s such a wonderful piece. There is a sense of hope and redemption in these songs that isn’t shown in the other albums. My favorite songs here are “Pale Blue Eyes” (one of Reed’s best!) and “Beginning to See the Light”.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? For sure, besides Loaded, this is my favorite of their albums.
Rating (Out of 5): 4.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (122/161)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%