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For their 45th anniversary, Velvet Underground is reissuing their second LP, White Light/White Heat this December 3rd. Universal Music is set to release a three-disc anniversary disc of the band’s previously recorded album back in the hey day of 1967.
The Velvet Underground has a rich history starting off in the late ’60s to early ’70s of America’s very own New York City. Though not quite as notable in their active years, The Velvet Underground is now regarded by music critics to be one of the most important and influential groups of the 1960s. Among these hefty titles within music history, this classic American rock band would go on to snatch the “most prophetic rock album ever made” title and number 13th on Rolling Stone’s list of Greatest Albums of All Time with their 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico. If that doesn’t sell you, 1996 marks the year the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Eventually breaking off to pursue solo careers, best known members of the band Lou Reed and John Cale were said to handpick the material to be rereleased for the debut of White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition. Exciting new changes are to be anticipated including remastered versions of the original record in both mono and stereo, as well as a slew of bonus material and previously unreleased vocal and instrumental versions of some notable tracks. According to Rolling Stone, different versions of “Hey Mr. Rain,” “Beginning to See the Light,” “Guess I’m Falling in Love,” and “The Gift” are included among a previously unreleased live set back in 1967 New York. In addition to this, tracks cut during Cale’s last studio session with the Velvet Underground will also appear.
For those that were big fans of the 1960s era of music, a slight return to the influential period of rock might just be possible within The Velvet Underground’s re-debut.