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The Velvet Underground & Nico / Six disc Super Deluxe Edition

The Velvet Underground & Nico / Super Deluxe Edition

The now iconic Velvet Underground & Nico album celebrates its 45th anniversary on 30 October 2012 with a multi-format, worldwide release on 29/30 October that includes stereo and mono versions remastered from the original tapes, previously unreleased recordings of the band’s rehearsals in Warhol’s Factory and the subsequent rare April 1966 Scepter Studios recordings captured on acetate which feature early, alternate versions of songs later issued on the album.

The limited-edition (number unknown), super deluxe six-CD box set will also feature a previously unavailable November ’66 live concert performed by the Velvets’ original, five-person lineup — Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Moe Tucker and Nico — at the Valleydale Ballroom in Columbus, Ohio, and Nico’s Chelsea Girl, an album released in October 1967 (seven months after the Velvets’ disc) which featured all the members of the band as well as a teenage folksinger named Jackson Browne.

It also includes an 88-page booklet with a new essay by band biographer Richie Unterberger. All remastering, tape transfers and digital assembly was overseen by veteran A&R producer Bill Levenson at the prestigious Sterling Sound Studios in New York; Levenson has been involved with previous Velvet Underground reissues for more than 30 years, working on VU and Another VU in the ’80s, the banana-covered box set in the ’90s and UMG’s first expanded, deluxe edition of The Velvet Underground & Nico in 2002.

Universal (Polydor) will release the album worldwide simultaneously in six different physical and digital versions. Aside from the Super Deluxe edition, The Velvet Underground & Nico will be available in a brand-new two-CD Deluxe Edition which includes a stereo version of the album along with a separate disc of the Factory rehearsals and Scepter Studios sessions. There will also be a digital exclusive and a one-CD original stereo album remaster in both physical and digital form (alongside a remastered vinyl edition).

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7 responses to The Velvet Underground & Nico / Six disc Super Deluxe Edition

  1. Rami says:

    As grandiose as a deluxe box set reissue of this classic album could’ve been. I can’t imagine any other inclusions for this (though maybe other even more die-hard fans than I am probably could).
    Would we really need a hi quality stereo/multichannel version of this? (available in Japanese SHM-CD/Stereo SACD)

    Looking forward to it

    • Neil Wilkes says:

      Yes, in fact, I think we do!
      Admittedly, a 5.1 is very unlikely as I suspect the multitracks are long gone now if they ever existed in the first place but let’s be honest – the high resolution stereo version exists – personally I would be happier if it did not have DSD noise all over it but the fact remains that even though I bought this edition (of course I did) I had to spend another £20 on top of that to get the Blu-Ray high resolution version (HDtrax will not sell to me as I have committed the apparent crime of not being in North America).
      For the cost of these editions, the High Resolution version really should be included.

  2. Pim says:

    Now available for pre-order at Amazon for just 66 pounds. At the previous price of 97 pounds I was hesistating, but for 66 pounds I’ve got to have it :)

  3. stefano says:

    While I am purchasing it, for die hard fans there is very little, if any, really new other than the book.
    As far as I can remember, acetate, rehearsals and concert have been available as very good quality bootlegs, probably the acetate will sound better.

    Fact is there are also other acetates of studio recordings of the same era which could have been added in a cleaned version.

    Let’s see and hear, then.

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  6. ian curtis says:

    Didn’t they call the first album The Velvet Underground AND Nico to distinguish her from the original four-man group?

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