Velvet Underground Trainspotting Question

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what the hell is that? a 304-page hardback book, yeah, but what about the single with it?

hate it when Amazon has no info about the product.

and hey that Seattle 69 show is on the Nuns Are On The Seawall blog, it's listed as Retinal Circus. first new show (to me) to surface since the Gymnasium.

sleeve, Thursday, 15 October 2009 15:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

!!! Had no idea ... Thanks! Is it good?

tylerw, Thursday, 15 October 2009 15:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

more from that Velvet Forum:
-the full Gymnasium tape
-the cale/sterling/reed rehearsals from cale loft 1966
-uncut recent Factory 66 tape

tylerw, Thursday, 15 October 2009 15:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

here's a list of uncirculated VU stuff that seems to actually exist.

i'm still hoping that footage of them on Upbeat! shows up somewhere. Lots of clips from that show are in circulation, but considering they made a handful of appearances i'm surprised nothing's around. About one of the shows: "The Velvets performed live on the Upbeat TV show in June 1968 (not June 1967). Moreover, contrary to Sterling Morrison's recollection, they performed a blistering, buzzsaw version of Run Run Run. Their rendition of Run Run Run went beyond their alloted time: thus, Upbeat cut away to a commercial while the Velvets were engaged in feedback frenzy with Lou's back to the camera."

city worker, Thursday, 15 October 2009 15:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

that would be awesome. There was some comment (I think from Moe Tucker) that she couldn't believe, with all the cameras the Warhol crew had going all the time, no one just filmed a straight ahead version of one of the EPI shows.

tylerw, Thursday, 15 October 2009 15:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

Is it good?

here's wl/wh:

http://www.sendspace.com/file/8j4j7c

it's a soundboard!!! the only one I know of besides those Matrix tapes. as a result the vox are too loud and the guitars a bit subdued, but the overall recording is much clearer. I still think Problems In Urban Living (Cleveland Oct. 68) is my favorite live boot, love the guitar sound on that.

sleeve, Thursday, 15 October 2009 15:47 (5 years ago) Permalink

that's a flac btw

sleeve, Thursday, 15 October 2009 15:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

Already downloading from The Nuns site ... So weird that this stuff just keeps showing up. One thing I'm super interested in (that hasn't seen the light of day afaik) is a studio version of "Beginning to See the Light" with Cale.

tylerw, Thursday, 15 October 2009 15:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

WHAT????!??!

The Prince's choice: making a brush. (Tom D.), Thursday, 15 October 2009 15:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

those Velvets Forum trainspotters mean business man.

sleeve, Thursday, 15 October 2009 15:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

tylerw, Thursday, 15 October 2009 15:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

But yeah, the "Beginning" with Cale is mentioned in the Unterberger book - recorded at the "Mr. Rain" session apparently? With "fuzz bass"? There was talk of it appearing on a projected WL/WH "deluxe edition, I think. Which never came out obv.

tylerw, Thursday, 15 October 2009 15:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

LOL, yeah, obv.

The Prince's choice: making a brush. (Tom D.), Thursday, 15 October 2009 16:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

But ... maybe now that this singles set has come out, there's a chance of more VU material coming out officially? I think I read that Lou wasn't into having any more live stuff come out.

tylerw, Thursday, 15 October 2009 16:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

Hmmm, so I'm listening to this "Retinal Circus" VU show -- and I'm pretty sure some of these takes are the same as appear on Live 1969. Haven't a/b'd them or anything. It's an uncut tape of the show, though, which hasn't circulate as far as I know ... I think that those songs were thought to be from the Matrix, wonder what the deal is! MYSTERY. Sounds great, anyway.

tylerw, Friday, 16 October 2009 21:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeh, the wh/wh posted above is the same as the version on the live 69 album

zappi, Friday, 16 October 2009 21:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

er wl/wh

zappi, Friday, 16 October 2009 21:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, same w/ "heroin", "what goes on", "new age" so far. it's funny to hear these songs w/ audience applause -- on 1969 they cut off almost immediately, sort of giving the impression that the VU was playing to barely anyone. But here they've got a totally enthusiastic crowd. And why not, considering the godlike awesomeness of this "What Goes On."

tylerw, Friday, 16 October 2009 21:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

so I'm fairly certain that these are ALL tracks from Live 1969, albeit in unedited form ... Maybe "Some Kinda Love" is different? Not sure.

tylerw, Friday, 16 October 2009 22:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

interesting... now that u mention it the track times look very similar.

sleeve, Friday, 16 October 2009 23:27 (5 years ago) Permalink

going to John Cale talk at MoMA monday!

dan selzer, Friday, 16 October 2009 23:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

What? Nobody told me about it.

so hongro so aggro (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 October 2009 00:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh, I see.

so hongro so aggro (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 October 2009 00:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

OK, I'm there.

so hongro so aggro (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 October 2009 00:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

John Cale talk is being postponed. Very sad.

dan selzer, Sunday, 18 October 2009 17:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

What was he supposed to talk about? Something specific, or just the Art of Being John Cale?

tylerw, Sunday, 18 October 2009 19:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

Sweet Jesus "Venus in Furs" sounds amazing here!

Adam Bruneau, Sunday, 18 October 2009 20:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

check the moma website under "Looking at Music 2". I think it as mostly about some art instillation/film he's got in the Venice Biennual now or something?

dan selzer, Monday, 19 October 2009 00:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

I was hoping he was going to talk in Welsh, about being Welsh.

oater to oxidation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 19 October 2009 00:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

I think he was going to interview Joe Walsh, about eating Welsh Rarebit.

dan selzer, Monday, 19 October 2009 02:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

Cale and Walsh need to restart their long-dormant collab Walsh Rarebit ... shit was off the hook.

tylerw, Monday, 19 October 2009 02:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

ahem ILX user tylerw please report to the "five jazz album runs" voting thread

sleeve, Monday, 19 October 2009 02:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

Damn, gotta check out that Unterberger book. Boring writer but his subject matter's always interesting.

Race Against Rockism (Myonga Vön Bontee), Monday, 19 October 2009 05:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yeha, often when Unterberger inserts an opinion into his Velvets book, I find myself disagreeing with him. But as a reference, and as a history of the band, I think it's unparalleled. Also, tons of great photos/posters/ephemera, stuff I'd never seen before. And I appreciate that he has in fact listened to the bootlegs, which a lot of writers before him don't seem to have done. In general he doesn't seem too down with the experimental side of the group, even though he does give plenty of space to Cale's pre-VU work, as well as Angus MacLise, which is nice.

tylerw, Monday, 19 October 2009 14:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

There's no way I am gonna be able to finish reading it, tbh.

Trip Maker, Monday, 19 October 2009 14:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

OK, so I'm familiar with the differences between the original "closet mix" of the 3rd LP and the Valentin (sp?) mix that was put out in the 80's reissue series. I know that "Some Kinda Love" is a different take altogether on the Valentin one. My trainspotter question is: which mix does the recent 4 Men With Beards reissue have? "Cause I already have an original closet one and am kicking myself for not picking the alternate mix up a few years ago when it was cheap.

sleeve, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 06:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

4M reissue has the Valentin mix.

willem, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 08:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

awesome, thanks.

sleeve, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 08:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

Think I prefer the Valentin mix, tbh. At least, the take of "Some Kinda Love" is superior.

tylerw, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 13:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

preordered Kugelberg has arrived

Snop Snitchin, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 15:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

is it mainly photos/posters and stuff? not sure if I need to shell out the $$$ ... Does it come with a CD or something?

tylerw, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 16:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

I went to Kugelberg's apt once to talk about some post-punk/DIY stuff, and in this one room where he had his record collection, or small portions of it, he had all these cabinets with 12" sized panels, and in each panel was a copy of the first Velvet Underground record. Perhaps different states of peeling, different pressings, different photo states on the back, I don't remember, it was pretty impressive though.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 17:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

Blimey, how many have I got now? I have the UK original, the Banana one with a 97% intact banana, um.... Oh, an HMV box set version, a deluxe CDversion, oh and how many more...

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 18:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

Wow, mono White Light/White Heat from that Nuns Seawall blog is making me really happy. Of everything I've heard of theirs (Matrix excepted) that's the thing that most needs a legit release (and I kind of wonder why it hasn't happened already).

dlp9001, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 21:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, not sure why they haven't followed up that deluxe VU&Nico from six or seven years ago with deluxe editions of White Light and the third album ... Maybe VU&Nico didn't do that well, since it didn't have any unreleased stuff on it?

tylerw, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 21:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

i thought these would've come out domestically by now, but i scored Japanese versions a couple/few years ago of wl/wh, s/t, 1969 live, and V.U.
the only one that's not a big improvement is '69 live. both white light, and the velvet underground really sound noticeably "better"(IMO) than the mid-1990's releases. and v.u. sounds greatly improved over its original cd release

outdoor_miner, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 22:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

LPs? Yeah, I got the 3rd album, it was the only Valentin version readily available at the time.

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 22:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh, and does the V.U. one have that intro on "Foggy Notion" snipped from the CD?

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 22:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

Hey, this is the trainspotting thread, innit?

I'll be picking up that singles box tomorrow from the postie!

Will report back tomorrow.

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 October 2009 22:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh, and does the V.U. one have that intro on "Foggy Notion" snipped from the CD?

I believe that this is only on the original 1985 vinyl pressing but I dunno about the new 4 Men one. It's definitely not on the '85 CD.

speaking of trainspotting, check out this alternate version of VU!

Pre-release cassette sent to radio stations contained what was to be the original version of the album, with different mixes and with Ferryboat Bill in place of Ocean (version different from the Another View one).

(from http://olivier.landemaine.free.fr/vu/index.html , a great resource)

sleeve, Wednesday, 21 October 2009 00:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

pvmic

Trip Maker, Friday, 31 October 2014 16:19 (7 hours ago) Permalink

lol

other essentials:

Gymnasium show
"Chic Mystique" or whatever it's called on the "Caught Between The Twisted Stars" 4CD set which is also pretty great although basically a compilation of various boot tracks
slow drugged-out drumless version of "Train Comin Round The Bend" from the 2nd Fret show in Philly
Columbus 1966 obviously, I think this got officially released on one of the VU & Nico anniversary sets

sleeve, Friday, 31 October 2014 16:23 (7 hours ago) Permalink

Yep, Gymnasium is on the WL/WH anniversary set, and Columbus is on the VU & Nico set.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 31 October 2014 16:53 (6 hours ago) Permalink

pvmic
heh heh.
it's funny, there are several VU boots on spotify for some reason. always wonder how those things slip through the cracks.

tylerw, Friday, 31 October 2014 18:34 (5 hours ago) Permalink

oh and hey here's my little bit of VU trainspotting for the week: http://www.aquariumdrunkard.com/2014/10/30/the-velvet-underground-candy-says-boston-dec-12-1968/

tylerw, Friday, 31 October 2014 18:40 (5 hours ago) Permalink

Wow, thanks for posting that! Lou's singing is beautiful, but Doug's has a certain fragility and an almost naive innocence otherwise underrepresented in their oeuvre.

Also, this was one of the dates where the MC5 opened:

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 31 October 2014 18:52 (4 hours ago) Permalink

i know! so crazy that they were playing that kind of thing after the mc5. not that the VU did not blow the house down elsewhere in their set.
whole show is here:

tylerw, Friday, 31 October 2014 18:59 (4 hours ago) Permalink

!!!

Thanks!

I thought I read that Lou (or Sterl) addressed the crowd at the beginning by saying they didn't want to be associated with the 5 (or, more accurately, with the East Village Motherfuckers who were trying to hijack the show)...maybe that was at a different show.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 31 October 2014 20:00 (3 hours ago) Permalink

yeah, this recording makes it hard to understand exactly what the VU says - think it might be a different show where they admonish the MC5.

tylerw, Friday, 31 October 2014 20:05 (3 hours ago) Permalink

A lot of those boots are on torrent sites like Dime in decent quality.

I know I'd read a Sterling interview where he made negative comments about the 5 and wondered what the story was for years. Think I remember it having something to do with that Motherfuckas night.

Stevolende, Friday, 31 October 2014 20:09 (3 hours ago) Permalink

so weird that the motherfuckers incident is the one thing completely absent from that MC5 doc

Οὖτις, Friday, 31 October 2014 20:17 (3 hours ago) Permalink

There's a lot absent from the MC5 doc (like any mention of their influences including, but not limited to, Coltrane, Sun Ra, and Motown).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 31 October 2014 20:23 (3 hours ago) Permalink

Looking through the Boston Tea Party schedule, yeah, the Velvets played there a lot:
http://www.theamericanrevolution.fm/boston-tea-party-schedule-1967---1970.html

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 31 October 2014 20:23 (3 hours ago) Permalink

I haven't seen it since it originally circulated but I coulda sworn they namecheck Sun Ra and James Brown?

xpp

Οὖτις, Friday, 31 October 2014 20:24 (3 hours ago) Permalink

all the vu boston tea party shows are worth hearing -- definitely seems like the place they were most comfortable playing. annoying that none of them were recorded via the sbd though.

tylerw, Friday, 31 October 2014 20:36 (3 hours ago) Permalink

I know I'd read a Sterling interview where he made negative comments about the 5 and wondered what the story was for years. Think I remember it having something to do with that Motherfuckas night.

It's in Up-Tight

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 31 October 2014 20:55 (2 hours ago) Permalink

Think I read the whole interview on Olandem, Electricity Comes From Other Planets or whatever it's called.

&isn't there a quote in Uptight about Boston becoming a home away from home once they gave up on NYC. What was the story there? Dom being given away while they were in California or something & them no longer having a place to play?

Stevolende, Friday, 31 October 2014 21:14 (2 hours ago) Permalink

yeah there weren't really places for them to play -- they were kind of on the outs with the fillmore/bill graham scene. think it was also a part of their manager's overall strategy.

tylerw, Friday, 31 October 2014 21:18 (2 hours ago) Permalink


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