Cover image for Loaded fully loaded edition
Title:
Loaded fully loaded edition
Author:
Velvet Underground (Musical group), performer.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles, Calif. : Rhino, [1997]

â„—1997
Physical Description:
2 audio discs : digital, stereophonic ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact discs.

Program notes (23 p.) inserted.
Language:
English
Contents:
Who loves the sun -- Sweet Jane (full-length version) -- Rock & roll (full-length version) -- Cool it down -- New age (long version) -- Head held high -- Lonesome cowboy Bill -- I found a reason -- Train round the bend -- Oh! Sweet nuthin' -- Ride into the sun (demo) -- Ocean (outtake) -- I'm sticking with you (outtake) -- I love you (demo) -- Rock & roll (alternate mix) -- Head held high (alternate mix) -- Who loves the sun (alternate mix) -- Sweet Jane (early version) -- Rock & roll (demo) -- Cool it down (early version) -- New age (full-length version) -- Head held high (early version) -- Lonesome cowboy Bill (early version) -- I found a reason (demo) -- Train round the bend (alternate mix) -- Oh! Sweet nuthin' (early version) -- Ocean (demo) -- I love you (outtake) -- Satellite of love (alternate demo) -- Oh gin (demo) -- Walk and talk (demo) -- Sad song (demo) -- Love makes you feel ten feet tall (demo).
UPC:
081227256326
Format :
Music CD

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After The Velvet Underground cut three albums for the jazz-oriented Verve label that earned them lots of notoriety but negligible sales, the group signed with industry powerhouse Atlantic Records in 1970; label head Ahmet Ertegun supposedly asked Lou Reed to avoid sex and drugs in his songs, and instead focus on making an album "loaded with hits." Loaded was the result, and with appropriate irony it turned out to be the first VU album that made any noticeable impact on commercial radio -- and also their swan song, with Reed leaving the group shortly before its release. With John Cale long gone from the band, Doug Yule highly prominent (he sings lead on four of the ten tracks), and Maureen Tucker absent on maternity leave, this is hardly a purist's Velvet Underground album. But while Lou Reed always wrote great rock & roll songs with killer hooks, on Loaded his tunes were at last given a polished but intelligent production that made them sound like the hits they should have been, and there's no arguing that "Sweet Jane" and "Rock and Roll" are as joyously anthemic as anything he's ever recorded. And if this release generally maintains a tight focus on the sunny side of the VU's personality (or would that be Reed's personality?), "New Age" and "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" prove he had hardly abandoned his contemplative side, and "Train Around the Bend" is a subtle but revealing metaphor for his weariness with the music business. Sterling Morrison once said of Loaded, "It showed that we could have, all along, made truly commercial sounding records," but just as importantly, it proved they could do so without entirely abandoning their musical personality in the process. It's a pity that notion hadn't occurred to anyone a few years earlier. ~ Mark Deming


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