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This review is from: The Velvet Underground & Nico (Audio CD)
Well, Lou Reed wrote "The Ostrich" for his fly-by-night record label in the mid sixties. This record became an unexpected minor hit and the label needed someone with "long hair" to complete the promotional tour lineup. John cale, a student studying advent garde classical music in NYC stepped in and an unlikely alliance with Lou was born.
Advent garde rock was born.
So, Lou and John joined by Sterling Morrison (and old friend of Lou's from college) And Mo Tucker, a sister of a friend joined a band, hung out in New York befriended Andy Warhol and made a record with a European chanteuse, namely Nico.
Sunday Morning is the opening track and never has Lou's vocals sounded so perfectly whimsical, stealing the show from Nico who was scheduled to sing the track. Waiting For The Man is a great rock song, the rolling piano, sarcastic bass line and unforgetable lyrics are timeless. Other highlights are of course Venus in furs and Heroin. All Tomorrows Parties works as a whole track with Nico really holding the mike strong. In other tracks she seems almost shy. This was Warhols favorite track, and we can see why.
All in all, this is a record we all should treasure in our collection, because if we don't, we will not have a chance at understanding where modern music has come from and why it is so special...