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VELVET UNDERGROUND’S 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED WITH CAREER-SPANNING VINYL BOX SET

Now here’s an exciting press release1

 THE VELVET UNDEGROUND INCLUDES DEFINITIVE STEREO EDITIONS OF SIX CLASSIC ALBUMS INCLUDING
ALL FOUR STUDIO RECORDS, THE “LOST” 1969 ALBUM AND NICO’S DEBUT LP

Los Angeles – December 20, 2017 – To celebrate the Velvet Underground’s 50th anniversary, Verve Records/UMe is releasing The Velvet Underground, a limited-edition career-spanning box that collects all four of the pioneering band’s studio albums, Velvets collaborator Nico’s debut LP, Chelsea Girl, and a reconstruction of the fabled “lost” 1969 album, making it available on vinyl for the first time. The six albums housed in a special black slipcase will be pressed on 180-gram black vinyl and feature stereo mixes and meticulously reproduced original cover art. The box will also include an exclusive 48-page booklet, featuring vintage photos, lyrics and a new foreword penned by founding member Maureen “Moe” Tucker. Limited to 1000 copies worldwide, the box set, which will be released February 23, is available for pre-order now exclusively at uDiscover: https://UMe.lnk.to/TVULPBox

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 Assembled by Grammy-winning reissue producer Bill LevensonThe Velvet Underground incorporates six classic records from the band’s vintage heyday including 1967’s The Velvet Underground and Nico, their landmark debut, produced by the band’s mentor Andy Warhol and includes such Velvets classics as SundayMorning,” “I’m Waiting for the Man,” “Venus in Furs” and “Heroin;” Nico’s 1967 full-length solo debutChelsea Girl, featuring songwriting and instrumental contributions from Velvets members Reed, Cale and Morrison as well as a young Jackson Browne; 1968’s explosive White Light/White Heat, the group’s final album with co-founder Cale; 1969’s relatively restrained, introspective The Velvet Underground; and 1970’s Loaded, which was the band’s commercial breakthrough as well as its final studio album, with such beloved Reed anthems as “Sweet Jane” and “Rock & Roll.”

 To honor the band’s half a century legacy, Levenson has loving recreated the Velvet Underground’s much-mythologized “lost” album, 1969, specially for this set. Nearly 50 years later, much remains unclear about these mysterious recordings. While there’s been reports that the album was intended to be the band’s fourth record only to be rejected by MGM, it’s also possible they were scrapped by the band or possibly shelved by them for being ahead of its time. Whatever the real story is, these songs, recorded just after their lauded self-titled album, which include many gems like “Foggy Notion,” “Ride Into The Sun,” and “I Can’t Stand It,” help to tell the band’s enigmatic story and shine a light on their creative restlessness and rapid evolution. For this new vinyl recreation, Levenson has assembled the album using 1969 and 2014 mixes. Although these recordings have been previously released, they’ve never been represented on vinyl in this expansive 2LP format. Side four of the second LP is rounded out with bonus tracks recorded in 1968 including “Hey Mr. Rain” and “Stephanie Says.”

 The Velvet Underground’s gritty, fearless creative vision remains unique and unmatched. Although the band met with little commercial acceptance during its existence, the seminal New York foursome of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker, along with Doug Yule, is now considered one of most important rock and roll bands of all time, laying the groundwork in the ‘60s for punk, alternative, avant-garde, psychedelic rock, post-punk and shoegaze. The Velvets’ revolutionary body of work stands as a one of rock’s most distinctive catalogs and today their influence looms larger than ever.

 The Velvet Underground and Nico (March 1967)

Side One

  1. SundayMorning
  2. I’m Waiting For The Man
  3. Femme Fatale
  4. Venus In Furs
  5. Run Run Run
  6. AllTomorrow’sParties

 Side Two

  1. Heroin
  2. There She Goes Again
  3. I’ll Be Your Mirror
  4. The Black Angel’s Death Song
  5. European Son

 Nico: Chelsea Girl (October 1967)

Side One

  1. The Fairest of the Seasons
  2. These Days
  3. Little Sister
  4. Winter Song
  5. It Was A Pleasure Then

 Side Two

  1. Chelsea Girls
  2. I’ll Keep It With Mine
  3. Somewhere There’s a Feather
  4. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
  5. Eulogy To Lenny Bruce

 White Light/White Heat (January 1968)

Side One

  1. White Light/White Heat
  2. The Gift
  3. Lady Godiva’s Operation
  4. There She Comes Now

 Side Two

  1. I Heard Her Call My Name
  2. Sister Ray

 The Velvet Underground (March 1969)

Side One

  1. Candy Says
  2. What Goes On
  3. Some Kinda Love
  4. Pale Blue Eyes
  5. Jesus

 Side Two

  1. Beginning To See The Light
  2. I’m Set Free
  3. That’s The Story Of My Life
  4. The Murder Mystery
  5. After Hours

 1969 (recorded May – October 1969)

Side One

  1. Foggy Notion (original 1969 mix)
  2. One Of The Days (2014 mix)
  3. Lisa Says (2014 mix)
  4. I’m Sticking With You (original 1969 mix)
  5. Andy’s Chest (original 1969 mix)

 Side Two

  1. I Can’t Stand It (2014 mix)
  2. She’s My Best Friend (original 1969 mix)
  3. We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (2014 mix)
  4. I’m Gonna Move Right In (original 1969 mix)
  5. Ferryboat Bill (original 1969 mix)

 Side Three

  1. Coney Island Steeplechase (2014 mix)
  2. Ocean (original 1969 mix)
  3. Rock & Roll (original 1969 mix)
  4. Ride Into The Sun (2014 mix)

 Side Four – Bonus Tracks

  1. Hey Mr. Rain (version one)
  2. Guess I’m Falling In Love instrumental version)
  3. Temptation Inside Your Heart (original mix)
  4. Stephanie Says (original mix)
  5. Hey Mr. Rain (version two)
  6. Beginning To See The Light (early version)

 Loaded (November 1970)

Side One

  1. Who Loves The Sun
  2. Sweet Jane
  3. Rock & Roll
  4. Cool It Down
  5. New Age

 Side Two

  1. Head Held High
  2. Lonesome Cowboy Bill
  3. I Found A Reason
  4. Train Round The Bend
  5. Oh! Sweet Nuthin’

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Little G Weevil – “Something Poppin'” is popping indeed!

 

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Little G Weevil has a full band with him ton Something Poppin’ and he sounds modern while keeping his blues roots not too far from the surface. Some of the songs remain closer to those roots than others, like my favorite track, “I Don’t Want To Feel the Rain,” but I also love the more urban “Something Poppin'” with its excellent female background singers and the exceptional cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman.” In fact. I like everything on this album. All but two songs are originals.  Little G Weevil recorded it in Budapest while touring around his hometown earlier in 2017. Additional recording was done back in the states.

Along with the blues, this album incorporates funk, a bit of hip-hop, a little rap and a healthy dose of R’nB.

“Here I Come Knocking” hits listeners immediately with the full impact of that band, driven by Daniel Harper’s powerful drumming and topped by G Weevil’s rugged voice. Next comes “Something Poppin, which is a fun song with Rebekah Easton Ellis and Sharika Allen Brown adding sexy coolness to that catchy chorus.

See Me In The Country” is a gossipy song with a lot of funk. “How You Want Me To Deal With This” is the other non-original song and it is straight R’nB, very well done.”Yoo Can’t Say Nothing” makes effective use of the background singers again and of Hammond organ as well.

“Scrub” is different from anything this long-time fan has ever heard from G Weevil. Talking about this album, he said to me, “It has to be blues, cause I wrote it.” OK, but this brilliant song really stretches the definition with its brilliant rap performed by Dulzura.

“Crawling” is a pleasant piece of blues-rock with a hip-hop touch.”I Don’t Want to Feel the Rain” is a haunting biographical piece about leaving your native land and everything you’ve ever known for a dream.”Top Model” ends the album on a happy, rocking note.

For those of us used to the traditional blues of Little G Weevil’s last few albums, this is going to blow through our speakers in a way that will wake and possibly shake us. But keep listening. The more you do, the more you realize that the man is a genius and here he proves he can stay true to his beloved blues and still move with the times.