On the 27th and 28th of October 1969, the Velvet Underground played THE END OF COLE AVE in Dallas Texas. On the FIRST NIGHT, a guy showed up with a reel to reel and a couple of mics, and set up his rig in the back of the house. The Velvet Underground noticed him, and had him move to the front of the house, for the second set of the First Night. (One mic on Lou's vocal mic, and the other one a stage mic.) The second night has the recording rig set up front for the whole night. Some of these songs were used for the LIVE 1969 VELVET UNDERGROUND release, with the woman's behind on the cover. Overall, THE SECOND NIGHT has the better sound, compared to the FIRST NIGHT. As soon as this set opens, you'll recognize bits from the LIVE 1969 set, when Lou asked the audience if they want two short sets, or one long set. AT THE END OF COLE AVE--SECOND NIGHT is the COMPLETE CONCERT.
1. I'm Waiting for the Man (5'31")
2. It's Just too Much (2'48")
3. I'll Be your Mirror (2'15")
4. Some Kinda Love (3'33")
5. Femme Fatale (2'39")
6. Beginning to See the Light (5'43")
7. I'm Set Free (4'18")
8. Afterhours (2'08")
9. I'm' Sticking with You (2'29")
10. One of These Days (3'22")
11. Pale Blue Eyes (5'57")
12. Ocean (5'50")
13. What Goes On (6'15")
14. Heroin (7'00")
15. Sister Ray (17'37")
The sound quality thruout is a solid A-, at times perhaps slipping down into a B+, because of amp overdrive bringing in some distortion. The balance sounds excellent, with Moe's snare SNAPPING near the front of the mix, with Lou's vocals, right where it belongs! Sterling's guitar noodles sit right near the front too, and the bass lays it all down nice and solid. Moe sounds EXCELLENT this night, but the whole band's fantastic, and tight as hell. Its a hot set, with very few weak spots. I don't care for the opening of Sister Ray, which is slow, almost like free jazz. The organ plays snake charmer melodies, Lou's guitar spins out freaky leads, with a VERY slow rhythm. Then suddenly, the song takes off, blasting into overdrive, faster than ANYBODY ever played back then. When it cant possibly get any faster, Moe blasts into a second stage overdrive, Super-mega-fast, predating thrash punk by a good 10 years. Its just one more example of the fantastic dynamics, thruout the set. Listen to the tender, delicate beauty of I"M SET FREE, next to the thrash of SISTER RAY. Hear Moe singing AFTERHOURS with that corny, folk jamboree vibe, (the crowd goes wild!), in contrast to the criminal drug world of Heroin and Sister Ray. The original bootleg version of this release included LISA SAYS, ROCK AND ROLL (acoustic version), and a 30 minute jam by roadies, which nobody needs to hear.
This is definitely a must-own for Velvet fans, if only to hear live versions of all those rarely heard songs like ONE OF THESE DAYS, I CANT STAND IT, LISA SAYS and OCEAN, which remained unreleased until 1985's "VU". (The so called lost MGM album.) Listening to SECOND NIGHT again as I write this, I'm surprised all over again, at how incredible this band jelled on stage. I can't pick out a single highlight, tho PALE BLUE EYES here outshines the album version. The organ-drum rhythm on WHAT GOES ON drives me crazy. Just-WOW. An ESSENCIAL purchase for VU fans.