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Loaded
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on 15 March 2013
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 classic, with such songs as Sweet Jane, New Age and Rock and Roll how can it not have 5 stars? Not all the songs are classics, but they're all good to listen to. The Fully Loaded edition has alternative versions of all the songs on the album (interesting, but not all of them good) plus demos of such songs as Ocean, Ride into the Sun, I Love You, Sad Song and Satellite of Love, never released at the time but later appearing on Lou Reed solo albums. It's great to hear the VU demos of these songs.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2004
If you love the Velvets you'll love Loaded, their last proper album - and including the timeless classics Sweet Jane, New Age, Rock 'n' Roll... Well, this is a double CD with not only the proper versions of those songs, with the bits the studio cut out for the original release, but also alternate versions of the whole album, some excellent demos, all fascinatingly different from the final release, and some rare items, like early velvets versions of songs Lou Reed later released on his solo albums. The alternate versions and demos are all great, especially if you know the album, and there are some surprising tracks. Overall , there's not a bad song, and the influence this band had on UK indie culture is plain to see. Well worth the money.

Don't believe those who say this was the end of the VU, lacking JOhn Cale's sonic innovations. The absence of JOhn set Lou free to write some classic songs (cf. 3rd VU album also) - and I'd rate the three mentioned above alongside any others from the VU/Lou cannon.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2000
I have listened to the velvets for years and keep coming back to this album mainly because it is their most smoothly produced and 'listenable' offering. If you find the harsh, metallic sound of their early releases to uncomfortable or the self indulgance of 'Sister Ray' just too much this may be the album for you, though Lou and J. Cale may not agree.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2009
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. Then I was watching TV and a trailer for Never Mind the Buzzcocks came on with a backing of Velvet Underground. I remembered then how I used to love the tape I had and immediately went to Amazon, found the CD and bought it. I can honestly say I love every single track - not a feeling I have about most CDs. I don't like Velvet Underground and their dark stuff, maybe because I am over 60. I can therefore thoroughly recommend anyone to listen to the sample tracks, which is an option for this CD. I don't have any other Velvet Underground CDs - I just like this one.
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on 21 March 2015
You get a complete album of alternate takes, some of which are better than the released versions. Essential for the VU fan as this is the only source of some tracks.
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on 28 September 2013
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.
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on 27 February 2015
Fantastic double set revealing how the LP we knew should have sounded with many extra tracks. a fascinating improvement of an oft ignored lp.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2002
After unleashing two brutal and innovative avant-rock albums (Velvet Underground & Nico, White Light/White Heat) followed by a stunning, hushed and contemplative eponymous release, the standards the Velvet Underground had set themselves for this there fourth and final release were almost unbearably high. An endeavour not helped by the departure of bassist and creative mainstay John Cale from the band.
The absence of Cale may go some way to explaining why 'Loaded' emerged as easily the most commercial of the four VU releases and in many ways their most disappointing. Loaded bears a closer relation to Lou Reed's solo work than to it's predecessors, lacking both the restrained majesty of the 'Velvet Underground' or the sonic assault of the 1st two albums.
Loaded is quite simply a mainstream, uncomplicated rock and roll record: albeit a pretty good one. Whilst it is difficult to escape the feeling that the Velvets were capable of rather more than this, 'Loaded' has it's moments notably the languid 'New Age' and the awesome 'Rock and the Roll' yet in the final analysis these gems are sullied by an excess of filler.

Not recommended for the uninitiated, try '...and Nico' for starters, yet for the converted 'Loaded' is a worthwhile addition...just don't expect it to change your life.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2013
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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on 12 November 2013
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.
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