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  • Audio CD (29 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: UMC/Island
  • ASIN: B008RYN5YE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  3. You Forget To Answer 5:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Innocent And Vain 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Valley Of The Kings 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. We've Got The Gold 5:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The End 9:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Das Lied Der Deutschen 5:28£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Listen  3. Janitor of Lunacy (John Peel Session, 1974) 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. You Forget To Answer (John Peel Session, 1974) 4:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The End (John Peel Session, 1974) 9:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Secret Side (The Old Grey Whistle Test, 1975) 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Valley Of The Kings (The Old Grey Whistle Test, 1975) 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Das Lied Der Deutschen (Rainbow Theatre Live Version) 5:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The End (Rainbow Theatre Live Version) 9:18£0.99  Buy MP3 

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The End remains one of Nico’s best loved records and this expanded edition of the album includes the original album as well as previously unreleased recordings from her two John Peel Sessions.


• Original album with all 8 tracks re -mastered for the first time.
• Nine previously unreleased songs from Nico’s recordings on the John Peel Sessions between 1971 and1975.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Greenland on 2 Nov 2012
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Finally, Nico's fourth solo album 'The End' has been remastered; it being done so beautifully. You can hear all the instrumentation far more clearly.

For those uninitiated into the world of Nico, this was definitely Nico's darkest hour; it perhaps being her finest. Nico, never being one to have to prove herself, does with very little effort. Indeed, if you compare this to her previous two albums 'The Marble Index' and 'Desertshore' it sounds far more relaxed and unforced. One of course cannot forget John Cale's production on this and other albums and you have to wonder what would have been the result without him.

'The End' consists of eight songs; the first six self-penned. You think you cannot go deeper into the beautiful abyss that was 'The Marble Index' and 'Desertshore' until you hear these. Highlights, for me, are 'You Forget To Answer', my favourite Nico tune, and 'Innocent and Vain' where John Cale's talent for creativity is for all to hear. Seventh comes a cover of The Doors 'The End'; Jim Morrison being an ex-lover and 'soul brother' to Nico. Lastly and perhaps Nico's finest hour is a completely straight version of 'Das Lied Der Deutschen', the banned German national anthem. Her stark major chords stand out and make this a recording to be proud of. Jimi Hendrix and The Sex Pistols' similar efforts come no where near Nico's.

The second CD will please. First comes 'Secret Side' from the John Peel Session of 20th January 1971, previously released. Nico returned to John Peel more than three years later on 3rd December 1974 and sessions of 'We've Got The Gold', 'Janitor of Lunacy', 'You Forget To Answer' and 'The End' are included, all previously unreleased.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Jones on 23 Nov 2012
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Andy Warhol -bless him- might have taken her for a chanteuse, someone to add a certain visual levity to the Velvet Underground, but -bless her- Nico had other, more substantial ideas, and they involved John Cale and a harmonium. Nearly all of those ideas were a refutation of what Warhol stood for in terms of the fetishization of the individual and consequent notions of celebrity. Indeed if anyone embodied the antimatter of celebrity then Nico did, and without ever planning to. This may account for why when this album originally came out back in 1974 it was as outside of that era as it is of this.

As with her earlier albums THE MARBLE INDEX and DESERTSHORE there are moments here which simply defy rational analysis -the squally electronica at the end of `Innocent and Vain' for example. Even the woman's harmonium playing is of an order which is entirely opposite any Baptist congregation, as she shows on `Valley of the Kings' over both the original LP reading and a performance culled from the "Old Grey Whistle Test" in February of 1975 on the second disc; she must have stood out like the proverbial in the midst of the semi-smooth Americana that was often that programme's fare......

The title track is the Doors song, which in that band's hands, fronted of course by Jim Morrison's irritating croon, didn't amount to half as much as it does in Nico's. This is not simply down to her taking the title too literally or anything so predictable. Instead the fact that she wilfully pushes the sonic envelope results in a performance far more compelling, and urgent for all of its icy detachment.

Ultimately this is essential stuff for the adventurer and indeed anyone still not persuaded by the idea that physical beauty equates to vacuity. Nico's music is not the stuff of nostalgia either, for the reason mentioned above. Instead it might be another of those cults, a taste acquired perhaps through the capriciously dogged persistence it was made with.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Miller on 20 Nov 2012
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Nico released three perfect albums:

The Marble Index;
Desertshore; and
The End.

The first two of these received deluxe treatment with rhe release of The Frozen Borderline 1960-1970. Therein, not only were the original albums presented, but outtakes and alternate versions abounded as well. Now, The End also gets deluxe treatment as a 2CD reissue. The first disc features a remastered version of that one of the most important albums of all time, while the second disc has material from approximately the same time frame, the mid-1970s.

Outtakes and alternate versions would certainly have been more welcomed, but are probably not presented here as none were available. That said, what comprises the second disc is very important unreleased material all the same. It kicks off with one track from the previously available 1971 Peel Sessions: Secret Side. Since there was available room for the entire 4-track set, it is a shame only the one track is featured. This is followed by the impossibly rare and complete Peel Sessions from 1974 and this is as close as you're going to get to hearing alternate versions of the original album. No Cale, no Eno, no Manzanera... just Nico executing her songs without collaborators. In a way, the purity of these versions are the highlight of the deluxe edition. There are also two unreleased Old Grey Whistle Test tracks from 1975, which add to the importance of this set. The second disc finishes with the controversial and previously unreleased Das Lied Der Deutschen as well as the familiar The End performance from the June 1, 1974 album.
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