Velvet Underground - Peel Slowly & See [5 CD Box set] £24.99 + Free Delivery @ HMV + Quidco
Velvet Underground - Peel Slowly & See [5 CD Box set] £24.99 + Free Delivery @ HMV + Quidco

Velvet Underground - Peel Slowly & See [5 CD Box set] £24.99 + Free Delivery @ HMV + Quidco

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Loads of previously unreleased stuff.

Released some thirty years after the band first emerged from the streets of New York City, PEEL SLOWLY AND SEE is the definitive documentary of the Velvet Underground, undeniably one of the most influential bands of the 1960s. Its five discs weave in and out of studio material, live nuggets and some unreleased songs that place the band's innovations and evolution within a career-long context, and are sure to make even the surliest VU completist smile.
Perhaps what is most surprising about PEEL SLOWLY is the earliest, pre-Maureen Tucker material. For the multiple demos of "Venus In Furs", John Cale sings over a sparse acoustic guitar, but his delicate pronunciation and Reed's coarse phrasing are less noticeable than Tucker's conspicious absence. Without her deliberate pounding VU was a thoroughly different band. Also of interest is the insight we get into Reed's studio demeanor. Through a number of excrutiating demo takes of "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams", Reed's impatience and domineering attitude become obvious--it was his show from the beginning.
By the second disc, the band we know and love begins to take on a familiar shape. Tucker's human metronome qualities ricochet off Cale's grating electric viola sounds, and the band sounds super-charged, ready to take on the world. Whereas on the demos Reed's sing-song qualities came across as a New York-y Bob Dylan (complete with harmonica), by the time of the first album Reed is all menace, with no acoustic guitar or harmonica to serve as a buffer. The chugging rhythms spurt out like strangled blues, and on moments like "All Tomorrow's Parties" and "Venus In Furs", the remastered sound quality is unreal--it's as if one has never heard these songs before. Also of interest to Velvet Underground fanatics are the unabridged versions of the LOADED sessions. Songs like "Sweet Jane" are extended to their true length (some thirty seconds were lobbed off in the final mix), making Reed and Morrison's guitar phrasing that much more eloquent.

Disc 1

Venus in Furs [Demo Version]
Prominent Men [Demo Version]
Heroin [Demo Version]
I'm Waiting for the Man [Demo Version]
Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
All Tomorrow's Parties [Demo Version]
Disc 2

All Tomorrow's Parties [Single Version]
Sunday Morning
I'm Waiting for the Man
Femme Fatale
Venus in Furs
Run Run Run
All Tomorrow's Parties
There She Goes Again
I'll Be Your Mirror
Black Angel's Death Song
European Son
Melody Laughter [Live]
It Was a Pleasure Then
Chelsea Girls
Disc 3

There Is No Reason [Demo Version]
Sheltered Life [Demo Version]
It's All Right (The Way That You Live) [Demo Version]
I'm Not Too Sorry (Now That You're Gone) [Demo Version]
Here She Comes Now [Demo Version]
Guess I'm Falling in Love [Live]
Booker T. [Live]
White Light/White Heat
Lady Godiva's Operation
Here She Comes Now
I Heard Her Call My Name
Sister Ray
Stephanie Says
Temptation Inside Your Heart
Hey Mr. Rain [Version 1]
Disc 4

What Goes On [Live]
Candy Says [Alternate Closet Mix]
What Goes On [Alternate Closet Mix]
Some Kinda Love [Alternate Closet Mix]
Pale Blue Eyes [Alternate Closet Mix]
Jesus [Alternate Closet Mix]
Beginning to See the Light [Alternate Closet Mix]
I'm Set Free [Alternate Closet Mix]
That's the Story of My Life [Alternate Closet Mix]
Murder Mystery [Alternate Closet Mix]
Afterhours [Alternate Closet Mix]
Foggy Notion
I Can't Stand It
I'm Sticking With You
One of These Days
Lisa Says
It's Just Too Much [Live]
Countess from Hong Kong [Demo Version]
Disc 5

Who Loves the Sun
Sweet Jane [Full Length Version]
Rock & Roll
Cool It Down
New Age [Full Length Version]
Head Held High
Lonesome Cowboy Bill
I Found a Reason
Train Round the Bend
Oh! Sweet Nuthin'
Satellite of Love
Walk and Talk
Oh Gin
Sad Song
Ride into the Sun
Some Kinda Love [Live]
I'll Be Your Mirror [Live]
I Love You


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Great find - heat added. Going to have to wait until next pay day before I can afford it - hope it's still there then. lol


Have seen this for £25 in Zavvi recently, with another 25% off of course. No guarantees, but might be worth having a look if you still have a Zavvi nearby!!

I got a foggy notion
Do it again!
Over in the corner
Do it again!
I got my calamine lotion baby
Do it again
I said I got a foggy notion
Do it again!

There's a blast from the past, sat in my bedsit listening to Annie Nightingale on a Sunday night :-D

No one wrote songs like VU - Great price H&R :thumbsup:

Hot from me. I bought this a LONG time ago and paid somewhere in the region of £40. This is a great set for VU fans or for somebody that would like to get into them!

it's great, but i hate the way the "albums" don't start at track 1 and have other "bonus" songs before them.

yes, i know its chronological, but "white light/white heat" being track 8 is wrong, wrong, wrong.

i may need to get out more, granted. but just a warning for anyone else. great collection tho, with tracks not available anywhere else and nice booklet.

this is now a tenner, yes £10 in store, was in Leicester store today and they had 4

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this is now a tenner, yes £10 in store, was in Leicester store today and … this is now a tenner, yes £10 in store, was in Leicester store today and they had 4

A tenner. Right I'm off to HMV tomorrow.
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