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The Ultimate V.U. Box!,
This review is from: Peel Slowly And See (Audio CD)
This is without doubt a 5 star CD-box release - containing all 4 original V.U. albums; at a very fair price. I'm overall very satisfied with the sound; some may find the sound of "White Light / White Heat" a little hard to digest, but that was how the record was made.
Apart from one track, all of the great "lost" album "VU" is also here; but strangely enough there is only one track from the other rarities compilation "Another View".
CD 1 contains early demos of songs from the first album, and these tracks are mostly only historical interest.
The 4 other CDs each contain an original album and plenty of contemporary bonus-tracks.
I had not heard "Loaded" for several years, and both the songs and the sound qulity was a great positive surprise for me. I remembered the materal as much more uneven and the sound quality as pretty dull. The songs are great and the sound quality is fine. Actually the most "poppy" songs like "Who Loves the Sun" ( which I like a lot ), sound pretty similar to the last and underrates V.U. album "Squeeze", and a handful of the best tracks from that album would have made this release even better; even though Lou Reed is not playing on them.
I would have liked to have the original CD covers instead of these "tape" covers, and though the 86 pages book has many interesting historical facts and photos, I would have loved to have more information about each particular track; who plays the leads etc.