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# Song Title   Time
1)    Venus in Furs - (previously unreleased, demo)
2)    Prominent Men - (previously unreleased, demo)
3)    Heroin - (previously unreleased, demo)
4)    I'm Waiting for the Man - (previously unreleased, demo)
5)    Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams - (previously unreleased, demo)
6)    All Tomorrow's Parties - (previously unreleased, demo, featuring Nico)
1)    All Tomorrow's Parties - (mono single version, featuring Nico)
2)    Sunday Morning
3)    I'm Waiting for the Man
4)    Femme Fatale - (featuring Nico)
5)    Venus in Furs
6)    Run Run Run
7)    All Tomorrow's Parties - (featuring Nico)
8)    Heroin
9)    There She Goes Again
10)    I'll Be Your Mirror - (featuring Nico)
11)    Black Angel's Death Song, The
12)    European Son
13)    Melody Laughter - (previously unreleased)
14)    It Was a Pleasure Then
15)    Chelsea Girls
1)    There Is No Reason - (previously unreleased, demo)
2)    Sheltered Life - (previously unreleased, demo)
3)    It's All Right (The Way That You Live) - (previously unreleased, demo)
4)    I'm Not Too Sorry (Now That You're Gone) - (previously unreleased, demo)
5)    Here She Comes Now - (previously unreleased, demo)
6)    Guess I'm Falling in Love - (previously unreleased)
7)    Booker T. - (previously unreleased)
8)    White Light/White Heat
9)    Gift, The
10)    Lady Godiva's Operation
11)    Here She Comes Now
12)    I Heard Her Call My Name
13)    Sister Ray
14)    Stephanie Says
15)    Temptation Inside Your Heart
16)    Hey Mr. Rain
1)    What Goes On - (previously unreleased)
2)    Candy Says - (Alternate Closet Mix)
3)    What Goes On - (Alternate Closet Mix)
4)    Some Kinda Love - (Alternate Closet Mix)
5)    Pale Blue Eyes - (Alternate Closet Mix)
6)    Jesus - (Alternate Closet Mix)
7)    Beginning to See the Light - (Alternate Closet Mix)
8)    I'm Set Free - (Alternate Closet Mix)
9)    That's the Story of My Life - (Alternate Closet Mix)
10)    Murder Mystery, The - (Alternate Closet Mix)
11)    After Hours - (Alternate Closet Mix)
12)    Foggy Notion
13)    I Can't Stand It
14)    I'm Sticking With You
15)    One of These Days
16)    Lisa Says
17)    It's Just Too Much - (previously unreleased)
18)    Countess from Hong Kong - (previously unreleased, demo)
1)    Who Loves the Sun
2)    Sweet Jane - (previously unreleased, full length version)
3)    Rock & Roll
4)    Cool It Down
5)    New Age - (previously unreleased, full length version)
6)    Head Held High
7)    Lonesome Cowboy Bill
8)    I Found a Reason
9)    Train Round the Bend
10)    Oh! Sweet Nuthin'
11)    Satellite of Love - (previously unreleased)
12)    Walk and Talk It - (previously unreleased)
13)    Oh Gin - (previously unreleased)
14)    Sad Song - (previously unreleased)
15)    Ocean - (previously unreleased)
16)    Ride into the Sun - (previously unreleased)
17)    Some Kinda Love - (previously unreleased)
18)    I'll Be Your Mirror
19)    I Love You - (previously unreleased)
 
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Tracks

1. Venus In Furs

2. Prominent Men

3. Heroin

4. I'm Waiting For The Man

5. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

6. All Tomorrow's Parties

7. All Tomorrow's Parties

8. Sunady Morning

9. I'm Waiting For The Man

10. Femme Fatale

11. Venus In Furs

12. Run Run Run

13. All Tomorrow's Parties

14. Heroin

15. There She Goes Again

16. I'll Be You Mirror

17. The Black Angel's Death Song

18. European Son

19. Melody Laughter

20. It Was A Pleasure Then

21. Chelsea Girls

22. There Is No Reason

23. Sheltered Life

24. It's Alright (The Way That You Live)

25. I'm Not Too Sorry (Now That You're Gone)

26. Here She Comes Now

27. Guess I'm Falling In Love

28. Booker T

29. White Light / White Heat

30. The Gift

31. Lady Godiva's Operation

32. Here She Comes Now

33. I Heard Her Call My Name

34. Sister Ray

35. Stephanie Says

36. Temptation Inside Your Heart

37. Hey Mr Rain (Version One)

38. What Goes On

39. Candy Says

40. What Goes On

41. Some Kinda Love

42. Pale Blue Eyes

43. Jesus

44. Beginning To See The Light

45. I'm Set Free

46. That's The Story Of My Life

47. The Murder Mystery

48. After Hours

49. Foggy Notion

50. I Can't Stand It

51. I'm Sticking With You

52. One Of These Days

53. Lisa Says

54. It's Just Too Much

55. Countress From Hong Kong

56. Who Loves The Sun

57. Sweet Jane

58. Rock And Roll

59. Cool It Down

60. New Age

61. Head Held High

62. Lonesome Cowboy Bill

63. I Found The Bend

64. Oh! Sweet Nuthin'

65. Satellite Of Love

66. Walk And Talk

67. Oh Gin

68. Sad Song

69. Ocean

70. Ride Into The Sun

71. Some Kinda Love

72. I'll Be Your Mirror

73. I Love You

Performer Notes
  • PEEL SLOWLY AND SEE includes complete and digitally remastered versions of all four of the band's studio albums, 25 previously unreleased tracks and an 88-page booklet.
  • Velvet Underground: Lou Reed (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano); John Cale (vocals, acoustic & electric violas, sarinda, piano, organ, celeste, bass); Doug Yule (vocals, guitar, piano, organ, bass); Sterling Morrison (vocals, guitar, bass); Maureen "Moe" Tucker (vocals, percussion); Billy Yule (drums).
  • Additional personnel: Nico (vocals).
  • Producers: Andy Warhol, Tom Wilson, The Velvet Underground, Geoffrey Haslam, Shel Kagen
  • Compilation Producer: Bill Levenson.
  • Engineers include: Omi Haden, Norman Dolph, John Licata.
  • Recorded between July 1965 and August 23, 1970. Includes liner notes by David Fricke.
  • Personnel: Lou Reed (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Doug Yule (vocals, guitar, piano, organ, background vocals); John Cale (vocals, viola, electric viola, piano, celesta, organ, background vocals); Maureen Tucker (vocals, percussion); Nico (vocals); Sterling Morrison (guitar, background vocals); Billy Yule (drums).
  • Liner Note Author: David Fricke.
  • Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY (07/??/1965-08/23/1970); Cave [live], Cleveland, OH (07/??/1965-08/23/1970); En (07/??/1965-08/23/1970); Gymnasium, New York City, NY [live] (07/??/1965-08/23/1970); John Cale's Ludlow Street Loft (demos), Manhattan, NY (07/??/1965-08/23/1970); Mayfair Studios, New York, NY (07/??/1965-08/23/1970); Record Plant Studios, New York, NY (07/??/1965-08/23/1970); Sceptor Studios, NY (07/??/1965-08/23/1970); TTG Studios, Hollywood, CA (07/??/1965-08/23/1970); Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, OH [live] (07/??/1965-08/23/1970).
  • Unknown Contributor Role: John Cale.
  • Released some thirty years after the band first emerged from the streets of New York City, PEEL SLOWLY AND SEE is the definitive documentary of the Velvet Underground, undeniably one of the most influential bands of the 1960s. Its five discs weave in and out of studio material, live nuggets and some unreleased songs that place the band's innovations and evolution within a career-long context, and are sure to make even the surliest VU completist smile.
  • Perhaps what is most surprising about PEEL SLOWLY is the earliest, pre-Maureen Tucker material. For the multiple demos of "Venus In Furs," John Cale sings over a sparse acoustic guitar, but his delicate pronunciation and Reed's coarse phrasing are less noticeable than Tucker's conspicious absence. Without her deliberate pounding VU was a thoroughly different band. Also of interest is the insight we get into Reed's studio demeanor. Through a number of excrutiating demo takes of "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams," Reed's impatience and domineering attitude become obvious--it was his show from the beginning.
  • By the second disc, the band we know and love begins to take on a familiar shape. Tucker's human metronome qualities ricochet off Cale's grating electric viola sounds, and the band sounds super-charged, ready to take on the world. Whereas on the demos Reed's sing-song qualities came across as a New York-y Bob Dylan (complete with harmonica), by the time of the first album Reed is all menace, with no acoustic guitar or harmonica to serve as a buffer. The chugging rhythms spurt out like strangled blues, and on moments like "All Tomorrow's Parties" and "Venus In Furs," the remastered sound quality is unreal--it's as if one has never heard these songs before. Also of interest to Velvet Underground fanatics are the unabridged versions of the LOADED sessions. Songs like "Sweet Jane" are extended to their true length (some thirty seconds were lobbed off in the final mix), making Reed and Morrison's guitar phrasing that much more eloquent.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.52) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."

Rolling Stone (11/30/95, p.69) - 5 Stars - Classic - "PEEL...offers fresh perspectives and some hidden truths, even for longtime Velvets fans...their sonic minimalistic aesthetic...their all-around grasp of rock's roots, vocabulary and resources...[makes this] some of the most inspirational and ultimately timeless music you'll ever hear..."

Spin (11/95, p.123) - 9 - Near Perfect - "...The demo makes a valuable and even touching point about this great band....they started out as fakes, which puts them in good rock'n'roll company--from the Stones to Dylan himself. Modern acolytes with nothing to lose but their pretensions should take heart from knowing that, in its recklessly early days, even the Velvet Underground wasn't the Velvet Underground..."

Q (10/95, p.155) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...All of this fantastic music...very often sheer genius....mind-boggling....The Velvet Underground changed people's values about music..."

Alternative Press (12/95, p.116) - "...in splendid isolation, it not only eclipses the competition, it raises itself to heights which few (if any) rock boxes have ever attained..."

Musician (11/95, p.92) - "...corroborates the notion that the Velvets were big-hearted art fucks perceptive enough to trust the logic of blue-collar ethics....Heard with modern ears, their grizzled guitar extrapolations didn't strive for escapism, they burrowed into and boldly italicized the most interesting cultural anomalies of the day....Value? Immeasurable..."

Village Voice (2/20/96) - Ranked #1 on the Reissues list of Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.

NME (Magazine) (12/23-30/95, p.23) - Ranked #7 on NME's `Compilations Of The Year' list for 1995.

NME (Magazine) (9/23/95, p.51) - "...The meat of the package is breathtaking....No other band wrote about the things they did in the '60s,...no other band wore black or took the piss so royally. They changed people's attitudes towards music forever and wrote some fantastic songs about bad things in the process..."
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