Fans of The Velvet Underground must read this article, because there’s some big information about one of the band’s most legendary albums. The band’s 1969 self-titled third album is coming back for a 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition.

“The Velvet Underground” will be re-released by Polydor/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) as a six-cd set with 65 tracks, featuring different mixes (including the remastered stereo mix by MGM house engineer Luis Pastor “Val” Valentin), a set of 1969 recordings from The Record Plant in New York City (recordings that were supposed to make up their fourth album), live recordings from The Matrix in San Francisco and a case-bound book and liner notes by Rolling Stone editor David Fricke.

The album was a break from the band’s business as usual due to co-founding member John Cale leaving and the introduction of Doug Yule. The album was also new for the band stylistically. As Fricke calls it, the album is “a stunning turnaround” featuring tracks of “mostly warm, explicit sympathy and optimism, expressed with melodic clarity[.]”

The album will also be released through other digital partners including HD Audio and MFiT formats. Below a is a full track listing. You will be able to buy “The Velvet Underground” 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition Nov. 24.

Track Listing:
Disc One: The Velvet Underground
(“The Val Valentin Mix”)

1. Candy Says
2. What Goes On
3. Some Kinda Love
4. Pale Blue Eyes
5. Jesus
6. Beginning to See the Light
7. I’m Set Free
8. That’s the Story of My Life
9. The Murder Mystery
10. After Hours

Disc Two: The Velvet Underground
(“The Closet Mix”)

1. Candy Says
2. What Goes On
3. Some Kinda Love
4. Pale Blue Eyes
5. Jesus
6. Beginning to See the Light
7. I’m Set Free
8. That’s the Story of My Life
9. The Murder Mystery
10. After Hours
11. Beginning to See the Light (alternate “Closet Mix”)

Disc Three: The Velvet Underground
(“Promotional Mono Mix”)

1. Candy Says
2. What Goes On
3. Some Kinda Love
4. Pale Blue Eyes
5. Jesus
6. Beginning to See the Light
7. I’m Set Free
8. That’s the Story of My Life
9. The Murder Mystery
10. After Hours

Mono Single released April 1969
11. What Goes On
12. Jesus

Disc Four: 1969 Sessions
1. Foggy Notion (original 1969 mix) +
2. One of These Days (new 2014 mix) +
3. Lisa Says (new 2014 mix) +
4. I’m Sticking With You (original 1969 mix) +
5. Andy’s Chest (original 1969 mix) +
6. Coney Island Steeplechase (new 2014 mix)+
7. Ocean (original 1969 mix)
8. I Can’t Stand It (new 2014 mix) +
9. She’s My Best Friend (original 1969 mix) +
10. We’re Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together (new 2014 mix) +
11. I’m Gonna Move Right In (original 1969 mix)
12. Ferryboat Bill (original 1969 mix)
13. Rock & Roll (original 1969 mix)
14. Ride Into the Sun (new 2014 mix) +

+ previously unreleased mixes

Disc Five: Live at The Matrix
November 26 & 27, 1969 (Part 1)

1. I’m Waiting for the Man *
2. What Goes On *
3. Some Kinda Love **
4. Over You *
5. We’re Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together *
6. Beginning to See the Light **
7. Lisa Says **
8. Rock & Roll **
9. Pale Blue Eyes *
10. I Can’t Stand It Anymore *
11. Venus in Furs *
12. There She Goes Again *

Disc Six: Live at The Matrix
November 26 & 27, 1969 (Part 2)

1. Sister Ray ***
2. Heroin *
3. White Light/White Heat **
4. I’m Set Free *
5. After Hours *
6. Sweet Jane **

All mixes previously unreleased.
* previously unreleased performance
** different source mix of this performance appears on 1969: “The Velvet Underground Live”
*** different source mix of this performance appears on “The Quine Tapes Box Set”

Velvet Underground 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

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Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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