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Unpiecing the Jigsaw - A Tribute to The Velvet Underground
 
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Unpiecing the Jigsaw - A Tribute to The Velvet Underground

23 Nov. 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 23 Nov. 2009
  • Release Date: 23 Nov. 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Ozit
  • Copyright: 2009 Ozit
  • Total Length: 3:26:01
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  • ASIN: B002X69QTU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,980 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Very good. A fan of Lou Reed since Transformer, a fan of VU since about '74. As such I love Reed's work, his lyrics - now in the hands of others - really do shine here. Each artist treats his words and melodies with all due respect and, on occasion, put the songs in a quite different context. Covers don't always work (The Stranglers version of Walk On By is perhaps the greatest cover of all time), but often a failed cover reflects a song that simply doesn't lend itself well to being done by others. Not so here. This collection avoids Heroin, yet manages still to offer up passable to very good interpretations of the likes of All Tomorrow's Parties, Femme Fatale, Sunday Morning, and a particularly unusual Lonesome Cowboy Bill. The originals remain superior by some distance, but these versions are still good enough to warrant a collection of this sort. Indeed, so covered is the work of the VU and Reed that I would happily buy an album a week if they were released at such a rate. As it is, one every few years will have to do. Buy this, it's easily worth a place in your collection. Better still get the originals and enjoy comparing and contrasting.
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From the reissue label OZIT comes this 4 CD set which is 3 CDs of the covers plus one of a 40+ minutes one of Lou Reed talking via an interview with John Tobler.
The covers are mainly by British Indie bands prominent on the Indie charts during the 80s which is when the music of the Velvet Underground was selling better than it had done in the 60s
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Heath on 9 Jan. 2010
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Any velvet fan should add this cd to their colletion it has some nice covers of velvet classics on it. 4 discs here but i would say only 2 are really worth listening too. Worth buying so go on treat your ears to something different..
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Not Quite Heaven and Hell, Rather...Purgatory 7 Mar. 2010
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This is a tough one. Basically, this is the Heaven and Hell Vols 1-3 tribute set from 1990, a truly superior tribute set; I'm over the top on how great it was, each a 5 out of 5 worthy of loop play. For those that missed out on it when it came out, this is the only shot you have at it, you're stuck, get it, or pay loads more for the few originals to be found. Do so now, because it looks like a small batch again.

The bad... it seems like at least some of the tracks were pulled from an LP rather than any master or even the original CDs and maybe subjected to some (minor) auto pop-click filtering which also shed a bit of sound (Run,Run,Run and I'm Set Free to name two). But it is more than acceptable if you have no alternative source for this work. Track order is different, but so what. The "bonus" material of the two Nico live tracks are fully discardable and pointless, pulled from poor recordings and poor copies; there are much better Nico live outings than these, though I cannot speak to the uniqueness of these particular ones; I don't really mind, but hardly a valued bonus. The additional one tribute track by the Prank is not a tipper, but fine nonetheless. The bonus disk of the Lou Reed Interview didn't make it with my package; in it's place was a duplicate of the first disk with some glitch in the track title recognition. Again, no real loss for me. I am certainly no fan of a somewhat misleading representation of the material either - as if renaming what is virtually the same content as the original Heaven and Hell Vols 1-3 is some new idea. So, if you already have the set, avoid this of course; there is nothing that it will really add. But... if you don't have Heaven and Hell Vols 1-3, get this by all means.

Back to the good...as the now cliche saying goes, The Velvet Underground only had a few hundred fans in and around their time, but every one of them went out and started their own band. And here are a bunch of them doing stuff they like. These are great interpretations of Velvet tunes from talented bands for most of whom this set was my introduction (i.e., Heaven and Hell). Most are not straight up takes, but instead are channeled and re-made through the creativity and style of each of the contributors. Interestingly enough, the Nirvana Here She Comes Now is one of the less re-interpreted pieces of the bunch, but it is true to Nirvana, a perfect fit. Special highlights for me are Some Kinda of Love by Levellers5, Foggy Notion by Echo and The Bunnymen, Beginning to See the Light by Into Paradise, What Goes On by the Screaming Trees, All Tomorrow's PArties by Buffalo Tom, European Son by Ride, and Sister Ray by Badgeman, the latter two alone are worth the price of the set for me and led me to venture further into the wall-of-noise/shoe-gaze genre - to which White Light White Heat must be credited as an inspiration in part.

There is no tracklist in the listing at the time of this writing, so here you go.

1. Run Run Run - Motorcycle Boy
2. Here She Comes Now - Nirvana
3. Pale Blue Eyes - The Mock Turtles
4. Sister Ray - The Badgeman
5. Lady Godiva's Operation - Chapterhouse
6. She's My Best Friend - The Wedding Present
7. I'm Set Free - Terry Bickers Bradleigh Smith
8. Who Loves the Sun - Shelleyan Orphan
9. All Tomorrow's Parties - Buffalo Tom
10. Foggy Notion - Echo and The Bunnymen
11. Sweet Jane - Hurrah
12. Some Kinda Love - Levellers 5
13. Sunday Morning - James

CD2
14. Femme Fatale - Beef
15. White Light Whit Heat - Revenge
16. Stephanie Says - Lee Renaldo
17. Candy Says - The Telescopes
18. I'm Sticking With You - Jellyfish Kiss
19. Beginning to See the Light - Into Paradise
20. Lonesome Cowboy Bill - Bill Nelson
21. European Son - Ride
22. I'm Set Free - The New Fast Automatic Daffodils
23. Head Held High - The Original Sins
24. What Goes On - The Screaming Trees
25. I Heard Here Call My Name - Half Japanese

CD3
26. Jesus - Swervedriver
27. Ocean - The Eleventh Dream Day
28. Who Loves the Sun - The Dylans
29. Lady Godiva's Operation - Fatima Mansions
30. All Tomorrow's Parties - The Reegs
31. Murder Mystery - The Prank
32. Femme Fatale - Nico - Live
33. All Tomorrow's Parties - Live

CD4 (A dice roll whether you get it?)
34. Lou Reed Interview

If you want to see how various bands that list Velvet underground as an influence sound and or weave your path through derivative music, this is a great item for you. If you are/were a fan of one of the bands doing a song here, you probably have heard the VU; if not, sure I recommend this, but I recommend you get into VU directly - check out reviews to find your way (but I rate Velvet Underground and Nico is a stand-out great among greats).

Yes, there's a lot one could complain about here, and I do. But keep the good in mind; it's great music and a great path to related music. If a release is managed again in the future with the original masters, I'll be crazy enough to get that too.
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