THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO- RELEASED 50 YEARS AGO TODAY- MARCH 12, 1967

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One of the most influential albums in rock history ‘The Velvet Underground and Nico” was released this date fifty years ago, March 12, 1967. When the album came out it was basically ignored by the rock press and the public. The album sold only 30,000 initially and Brian Eno would later say that ‘everyone who bought one of those 30,000 albums started a band.” The Velvet Underground would be the blueprint for the punk and alternative music that came along later. Rolling Stone magazine called this album the most prophetic album ever made.

Andy Warhol was the manager of The Velvet Underground in the early going and he designed the famous album cover. German singer and model Nico sang lead on three of the songs and background on another. Lou Reed was the leader of the group and Reed and John Cale both would go on to long, successful careers after The Velvet Underground.

There isn’t a week song on this album. I would rank it among the best ever debut albums and certainly on the shortlist of the greatest albums of all time. The Velvet Underground would only release four albums in their short career. None of their albums sold much but their influence continues to this day. Of their four albums this one is the highest charting one they had- it reached #129 on the Billboard Top 200. They never had a hit single.

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. Sunday Morning Lou Reed, John Cale 2:54
2. I’m Waiting for the Man 4:39
3. Femme Fatale 2:38
4. Venus in Furs 5:12
5. Run Run Run 4:22
6. All Tomorrow’s Parties 6:00
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. Heroin 7:12
8. There She Goes Again 2:41
9. I’ll Be Your Mirror 2:14
10. The Black Angel’s Death Song Lou Reed, John Cale 3:11
11. European Son Reed, Cale, Sterling Morrison, Maureen Tucker 7:4

 

 

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