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Live At Max's Kansas City Live, Special Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (2 Aug. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live, Special Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Atlantic/Rhino
  • ASIN: B0002BK9GW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,612 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I'm Waiting For The Man
2. White Light White Heat
3. I'm Set Free
4. Sweet Jane
5. Lonesome Cowboy Bill
6. New Age
7. Beginning To See The Light
Disc: 2
1. Who Loves The Sun
2. Sweet Jane
3. I'll Be Your Mirror
4. Pale Blue Eyes
5. Candy Says
6. Sunday Morning
7. After Hours
8. Femme Fatale
9. Some Kinda Love
10. Lonesome Cowboy Bill
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Product Description

VELVET UNDERGROUND Live At Maxs Kansas City (2004 issue UK 17-track 2-CD album digitally remastered from a mono-cassette audience recording made at Maxs Kansas City New York on 23rd August 1970 picture booklet)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
It seems appropriate that rocker-muse Bebe Buell once wrote and sang, "Cut my teeth at Max's Kansas City/My soul is pure rock." It was the original rock'n'roll club, with drag queens, actors, hit singers and underground hits in the same room. It had Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and then-waittress Debbie Harry hanging out in the same place.

Alas, there hasn't really been a place like Max's Kansas City since. So it seems appropriate that a momentous rock occasion took place there: Lou Reed did his final show with the Velvet Underground. Fortunately, a pal named Brigid Polk taped the whole thing, and this "legitimate bootleg" is a rough-cut little slice of what that night was all about.

It opens with drums being clattered, instruments being tested, and a lot of background chatter. Then Reed offers a dignified intro ("you're allowed to dance, in case you don't know"), before launching into several songs that are primarily from "Loaded" and "White Light/White Heat," with stage chatter between songs.

Apparently Reed unexpectedly changed the second set (on the second disc), including material from the "Nico days," early in the band's existance, including a spare, stripped-down version of "I'll Be Your Mirror," a gentle "Candy Says," a suitably hungover-sounding "Sunday Morning," and the way-too-long "Some Kinda Love."

The album is bootleg quality, especially since they didn't have digital recording then, and Polk used a tape. So it's very fuzzy around the edges, a little incoherent here and there; "Femme Fatale" is downright murky. But it's all in remarkably good shape when one considers that it is from 1970.

And to some degree, its rough quality can be seen as a blessing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Number 6 on 25 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
As a huge Velvet's fan, i must confess that I always leant more towards the first 3 albums with Mo Tucker's metronomic backbeat helping take these, already highly original songs, further away from the sound of your typical mainstream rock act. Sadly, she's off popping kids out so we get Doug Yule's brother gamely attempting to get as many drum fills in each song as possible. The rhythm was always in the guitars before, but this is different. That said, this is still a valuable document of a big night in Velvet's history (Lou's last..) and many of the versions here out do the "Loaded" album versions on the later songs in my opinion.
And the crowd talking is hilarious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Cooper on 12 Mar. 2013
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Had this on vinyl, which got scratched It was a gift, I was heartbroken. So always intended to replace this and now I have. It has a good sound and its just as enjoyable a listen as I remember. I considered the double pack but didn't want to pay too much, when the performances would have been so similar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hammy on 9 Sept. 2013
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Only listened to it once so far. Pretty good but not as good as 1969 live by the Velvet Underground which is one of the greatest live albums ever recorded.
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For velvet fans this is an awesome, must have collection of live songs, the extra bonus tracks with the download were a lovely surprise. It may be originally a bootleg recording but the sound is good (even if it is mono) and the performance of the brilliant late Lou Reed and his band is astonishing. This is my favourite album of all time. If you like Lou Reed and or the Velvet Underground you will not be disappointed. I only wish I had actually been in the Bar when they played.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By james.gervaise-brazier@turner.com on 21 Jun. 2000
Format: Audio CD
As a Velvets fan of many years now I bought this album as it was in the bargain bin at woolworths. If you put this on, pour yourself a double pernod and light a Marlboro you are at the gig. You can here the audience talking and the band talking back to them.
It is sheer brilliance, buy it enjoy it its only 8 quid. The Closest thing to The Velvet Underground.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MARTIN ROACH on 17 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a real must for VU addicts. Some very funky stuff - brilliant version of New Age (what is that guitar bit about at the end? It's cooler than you or I can ever hope to be.) - all live - and no, it does not detract. If at first you are not convinced, listen again. It's more evidence they were the coolest band ever to wear shades.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a chance to hear brilliant renditions of great songs in poor fidelity. The sound sucks, but they are rocking. Obviously the further Reed moved from Cale the rockier he got. Which is fine, I like the fact that the Velvets were versatile. This distance is displayed best when at one point the crowd call out for them to play 'Heroin', and Reed nonchalantly replies, "We dont't do that song any more". Doug Yule's brother on drums seems a bit wanting... but hey, I can't even play.
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