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Loaded [CD]

Velvet Underground Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Jan 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • ASIN: B0000249FS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,694 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Who Loves the Sun
2. Sweet Jane
3. Rock & Roll
4. Cool It Down
5. New Age
6. Head Held High
7. Lonesome Cowboy Bill
8. I Found a Reason
9. Train Round the Bend
10. Oh! Sweet Nuthin'

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While John Cale certainly gave the first couple of Velvet Underground albums a signature sound, his departure enabled Lou Reed to do exactly what he does best: write kick-ass, stripped-down rock songs. On Loaded his talent comes to full fruition. Who can imagine a world without "Sweet Jane" and "Rock & Roll", arguably two of the greatest rock tunes ever penned? The brilliance of those songs is so bright, it's easy to overlook a couple of other Reed masterpieces: the tender, epic discourse of "New Age" (which highlights his assured sense of poetic wordplay: "And when you kissed Robert Mitchum / Gee, but I thought you'd never catch him!", and the extended sweet blues romp of "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'." On Loaded the Velvet Underground--who before had hit the sonic ceiling experimenting with shattered chords, feedback, screeching violas and what Reed once claimed was "the fastest guitar playing ever"--eschew the dark side of noise for clarity. Check out the ringing chime that begins "Who Loves the Sun" and the sterling (no pun intended) guitar riff that drives "Rock & Roll." This is not to say that the old ragged punch of the original Velvets is completely gone. Moe Tucker still beats a mean set of skins; there's no stopping Sterling Morrison's train-wreck rhythm guitar on "Train Round the Bend"; and "Head Held High" achieves near- "Sister Ray" moments of madness. --Tod Nelson

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1997's deluxe reissue/remodel 12 Oct 2002
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
As with the other three official Velvet Underground albums (The Velvet Underground&Nico, White Light/White Heat and The Velvet Underground)this is an obligatory purchase. The original ten-track album from 1970 is included, in both original form and demo/alternate versions. Sweet Jane, Rock & Roll and New Age are restored to their full-length versions.
Vocals are generally traded between Lou Reed and Doug Yule, the latter great on Who Loves the Sun?. The best songs here- taking it that Sweet Jane and Rock&Roll are classics already- are New Age , Oh Sweet Nuthin and I Found a Reason (sampled by Massive Attack on Risingson). The album is more hippy and even country (as in Gram Parsons/Mike Nesmith/Gene Clark) than the previous album.
Bonus tracks on disc one include Ride into the Sun (as covered by Throwing Muses), I Love You (found on Lou's debut) and a stunning version of Ocean- one of the Velvets finest moments. And for those looking for the definitive version of I'm Sticking with You (mostly sung by Moe Tucker)as used in whatever advert- this is it (and not the VU version which sounds too sparse). The bonus tracks on disc two include inferior takes of I Love You and Ocean (featuring John Cale), an early version of Satellite of Love (Transformer) and demos of Oh Jim (here Oh Gin) and Sad Song - which became part of Lou's finest 70's solo album, Berlin.
This 'fully loaded edition' is a definitive album anyway, as great and as different as the previous Velvets albums; at this price it is extremely good value- extending on the previous 10 track Atlantic version. Rhino as ever make the finest reissues; the liner notes are luxurious. Personally I think this is worth buying for the version of Ocean on Disc one, which is one of the finest songs ever recorded. One of the key albums of the last thirty or so years in this ultimate edition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Good Fun 20 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
Although `Loaded' is hardly the ground-breaking music of the Velvet Underground's earlier releases and the band had virtually disintegrated by the time of its release, this record remains a clutch of great rock n roll songs.

`Who Loves the Sun', with its sweet harmonies and `Cool it Down's great honky-tonk piano are great melodic tunes, whilst `Sweet Jane' is justly renowned for its classic guitar riff. You have to love the melodrama of `New Age' with its superb organ break and the smooth, mellow melancholy of the closing track `Oh! Sweet Nuthin'.

I will commit musical heresy by saying I even enjoy `I Found a Reason' which has the most staggeringly corny lyrics delivered dead-pan by Lou Reed.

The record gets docked a star for `Train Round the Bend' and `Lonesome Cowboy Bill' which are a bit weak but if you ignore the history of the band and just concentrate on the music here there is much to enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 3 Nov 2011
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not quite the definitive Velvet Underground of the first album but still a collection of high quality songs. The standout tracks for me are the seminal Sweet Jane and Rock & Roll, and despite the fact that both songs have been covered by numerous artists (for example, Mott the Hoople did a great version of the former), none equal these versions by the Velvets. The album also contains superb ballads in New Age, I Found a Reason and Oh! Sweet Nuthin', as well as some more throwaway rockers like Head Held High and Lonesome Cowboy Bill.

Still, one shouldn't complain I suppose given that we're talking here of the most influential rock band of all time!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better version 2 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
This editions features bonus tracks recorded for the lp but unreleased and a great 2nd version of the album proper which, despite the annoying out of time cow bell version of "sweet jane", and the less aesteic version of "I found a reason" which suffers for the lack of multi-vocals... is much more Lou Reed and much better an LP for it... I love the Ocean as a song which I heard first as Lou's solo, here is more haunting, tho the Cale Keyboard version is nowhere near as good.. but in all this is a very good record, not matching past heights though, the beautiful torturous guitars on classics like European Son and Sister Ray are missed here...
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3.0 out of 5 stars No Mo Tucker, no Velvets sound 30 Jan 2013
By Klausk
Format:Audio CD
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great content, holographic what?
First of all, I'm more than happy with what's on this CD set and the sound is great.

On the other hand, people should know that the CD I got from amazon UK doesn't have... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much information
With the 'fully loaded edition' you receive alternative 'long' versions of numbers plus extras, on one CD, and then alternative takes/demos and extras on another... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. A. D. Bickerstaffe
4.0 out of 5 stars VU
A lot of stuff here. Takes a while to digest. For some VU's finest hour. Not for me. But I wouldn't be without it.
Published 9 months ago by BBC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love this CD, in my opinion one of the Velvet Underground's best. They are such a good band, one I hope the younger generation would listen to more.
Published 11 months ago by Jess
5.0 out of 5 stars Fully loaded
Why such poor reviews? OK, it's not the best VU album, in fact it's my least favourite of their four released during (or just after, in this case) their lifetime, but it's still a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cornishpasty
3.0 out of 5 stars The Velvet Underground Is Dead
To stop any more people from getting their knickers in a twist, I've decided to amend my review, since my feelings towards the album have changed, though it's still far from a... Read more
Published 23 months ago by JJKelsall
5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious oddment!
The Velvet Underground's "Loaded" album is something of an oddment compared to their earlier catalogue, particularly as there is only one Lou Reed song (and he only played guitar... Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2012 by A. J. Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars End of one era, beginning of another.
wantng to move to the next Velvets stage of sombre love songs? This is where they ditched the raucous rock and roll, then they found belief in the future, rather than set their... Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2010 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
3.0 out of 5 stars However, you REALLY need...
Buy this by all means, but you NEED White Light/White Heat.It is the greatest rock album ever released. Full Stop.
Published on 28 Dec 2009 by Mr. David Paul Archer
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Loaded by Velvet Underground
My son gave me a cassette of Loaded several years ago and I loved it. Over the years the cassette got lost and then, of course, we had no means of playing cassettes. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2009 by J. Hill
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