This album originally came out as a double vinyl set - I've actually got a Japanese import CD version of this, which re-aligns it as a double CD set in a nice mini repro of the original double vinyl gatefold sleeve. Anyway, there is no way in which you should buy this CD and not its other half; they're essential purchases. When the album was first released, way back in the mid 1970s, its sleeve note writer, singer-songwriter Elliot Murphy was supposedly going to be 'The Next Big Thing'. It didn't happen for Elliot, but he was right about theses recordings. Songs like 'Ocean' and 'Sweet Bonnie Brown' / 'It's Just Too Much' were previously unreleased (at least not officially), and the versions of 'Sweet Jane' and 'New Age' were radically different lyrically than how they'd turn out on 'Loaded'. Although both Nico and John Cale were no longer with the band, leaving Lou Reed as their increasingly autocratic leader, this line-up pack an incredible sonic punch. The version of 'What Goes On' is remorselessly intense, whilst Lou Reed's conversational song introductions reveal a sense of humour that he's managed to submerge for decades since. Sure, the sound quality is not great, but the performances and song selection cannot be faulted. Plus, this much good music for under a tenner is fabulous value for money.