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  • Audio CD (25 Jan. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • ASIN: B0000249FS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  4. Cool It Down 3:06£0.89  Buy MP3 
  5. New Age 5:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
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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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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 12 Oct. 2002
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2011
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 By Paul S. Whiston on 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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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Wanting 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 course for the Factory self destruction? This is the album that is a mixture between cynicism and expansion. After exploring the dark recesses of the mind, traversing the nooks and crannies of the emotional psyche, they finally emerged from the dark lagoon with this brighter album. The entry album to the Velvet world for the gentle initiates is this one. For those used to experimentation then the others offer another vision.

On the surface it appears a sickly piece of candy, highly polished, gleaming, stripped of any rough pieces that might cause a hiccup, the abrasions long shorn and smoothed with plenty of filler. Band members jettisoned and only a rump remaining gently plucked at the strings.

This is still the Velvet Underground, and whilst "Who loves the Sun" comes over gooey Beatles, this underscored with more malevolence. This song is an affirmation of living, a reaction to the numerous early deaths of the mid 60's. Andy's middle and upper middle class bright young things, burst into various flames or succumbed to morphia bliss, as they self medicated to early graves.

This then launches into "Sweet Jane", which contains vital snippets of caustic life. "Rock and roll is rememberance for times past, the yesteryears that corporate hippy life had smothered in its bed, and then hidden the corpse of Elvis. The liberation of the early pioneers is unleashed before it all grew a beard and became boring.

"New Age" is a bitter love song, aimed to wound, one for the break up and the eventual break down.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you're reading this, chances are that you fulfill the following criteria: 1/Bought and loved the first velvet underground and Nico album, 2/Are confused by the velvets patchy back catalogue, and are wondering what to buy next.
Well, I can safely say that if you really need more velvets then this might be the album for you. If you loved the more acessable tracks on "The VU and Nico" such as "Sunday Morning" and "There she goes again", then chances are you'll love this album too. It contains many fine examples of the Velvet's unique brand of off kilter pop music, with the pretty "Who Loves the Sun" and the essential combination of "Rock and Roll" & "Sweet Jane. If however, your tastes on the first album went toward the wackier "Venus in Furs", "Black Angel's Death Song" then you'll more than likely hate this album. Its difficult to understate just how commercial this album is. For example, Lou Reed was so upset with the results, he quit the band and washed his hands of the album. It is also worth considering that at this point in the Velvet's timeline, Lou Reed was to a large extent being phased out of the band to make way for the girl friendly Doug Yule, who's sappy rather dull influence, and will to commercialise pervades some of the weaker tracks on this album. This isn't a bad album at all, but fans of the harder music would be better off with the fantastically minimal "White Heat White Light", with its bizzare stories and brutal proto-punk.
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