I love the Velvet Underground, they will always be my favourite group. That said, this album could've been so much better had Mo Tucker drummed on it. At the time Tucker was pregnant, and, supposedly couldn't even reach the drums let alone play them. So, Billy Yule his brother Doug, and others took turns to fill the drum stool Sadly their drumming, while probably more competant and musicianly, did not have the Originality, intensity and power of Tuckers drumming. A style which made the Velvets sound like no other band and when taken away made them sound like another rock'n roll band really. In retrospect both Reed and Yule, and probably Morrison, have said that they should've waited till Mo had given birth and then recorded with her. That said, this album still has some truly great songs on it, such as "Sweet Jane, Rock'n Roll, New Age, Train Round the Bend etc"
It would be interesting to dub Maureens drums onto this album, and watch the songs "live" more. What a shame, as "Loaded" with the inclusion of "Ocean" instead of one the weaker cuts, could have been the fourth and crowing glory of The Velvets and particularly Reeds, desire to be a definitive pop/rock album with brains. Such a shame.