A previously unheard track from The Velvet Underground has emerged online - listen to it below.
The death of Lou Reed only seemed to highlight the impact his music has made on popular culture. Helping to found The Velvet Underground, the New York band's output arguably pre-saged punk, post-punk, art rock and whatever else you care to mention.
Second album 'White Light / White Heat' is nothing less than scorched feedback, a horrific belch into the face of the flower power generation. Helping to inspire The Jesus & Mary Chain (and hence both shoegaze and noise-rock) the album retains its visceral power.
Released in 1967, the re-vamped super edition of the album contains new 2013 mixes of 'Guess I’m Falling In Love', 'Hey Mr. Rain (version one)', 'Hey Mr. Rain (version two)' and 'Beginning To See The Light' - the latter is also a previously unreleased early version.
Alongside this, the package contains unreleased versions of 'The Gift' (vocal version) and 'The Gift' (instrumental version), plus some unreleased gems.
Recorded live At The Gymnasium, New York City, April 30, 1967, concert cuts 'I’m Waiting For The Man', 'Run Run Run', 'Sister Ray', and 'The Gift' all feature.
Also recorded on that fateful night, 'I’m Not A Young Man Anymore' is a previously unheard track which thrives on a frat party vamp. Lou Reed's tortured Noo Yoik vocal is in full effect, with the material seeming to point more towards the pop edge of 'Loaded' than the jet black narcicissm of 'White Light / White Heat'.
Listen to it below.
'White Light / White Heat' will be released on December 2nd.
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