The New Velvet Underground & Nico – That’s A Lot of Bananas

To mark the 45th anniversary of the landmark The Velvet Underground & Nico album, Universal Music/Polydor has assembled a “super deluxe” box-set housing 6 CDs. This collection, according to its press release, contains stereo and mono versions of the album that were remastered from the original tapes, plus previously unissued rehearsal recordings done at Andy Warhol‘s Factory and rare recordings done in April, 1966 at Scepter Studios that features alternative versions of many of the album’s tracks.

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The limited-edition box-set also holds a never-before-released live concert recording from Nov. 1966 of Nico and the Velvets performing at Columbus, Ohio’s Valleydale Ballroom as well as Nico’s Chelsea Girls album, which was released in March, 1967 (seven months after her collaboration with the Velvet Underground).

The acclaimed album, which boasts the memorable Andy Warhol-designed “banana” cover, features such VU classics as “Heroin,” “I’m Waiting For The Man,” “I’ll Be Your Mirror” and “Venus In Furs.” I am also partial to tunes like “Sunday Morning” and “There She Goes Again.” It has long been an influential album and this expansive box-set is sure to add to its legacy.

Ume will be releasing six different versions of the Velvet Underground and Nico – this “super deluxe” package, a new “deluxe” edition (with the stereo version of the album plus the Factory and Spector material) and a single album that has been remastered in stereo. The deluxe and single album versions will be available in CD and digital formats and the single album will be done in vinyl too.

It all adds up for a tasty treasury for VU completists and rock ‘n’ roll fans or, at least, an opportunity to experience the raw musical power and lyrical intensity that has made this album such a revered recording.

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About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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