Velvet Underground announces expanded ‘White Light/White Heat’

The Velvet Underground’s second album, White Light/White Heat, is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. In conjunction with Lou Reed and John Cale, a three disc 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition will be issued on December 3rd.

The album was recorded in a matter of days in the summer of 1967 and reeks of the gritty New York street life that could have only been made by one band: The Velvet Underground. The album consists of the band’s classic quartet lineup of singer/guitarist Lou Reed, bassist/organist and viola player John Cale, guitarist/bassist Sterling Morrison and drummer Maureen Tucker.

“No one listened to it. But there it is, forever – the quintessence of articulated punk. And no one goes near it,” Reed stated in August 2013.

The three disc set features 30 tracks with both original stereo and mono mixes completely remastered along with bonus tracks that include alternate versions, unreleased outtakes, John Cale’s last studio sessions with the band, and the official release of their complete show at The Gymnasium in New York recorded on April 30, 1967, which includes five previously unreleased performances culled from John Cale’s personal copy. The special set also includes an exclusive 56 page hard bound book with rare photos, memorabilia and David Fricke Essay/interview with John Cale and Lou Reed from 2013.

3 CD

Disc 1:

1. White Light/White Heat (Stereo Version)
2. The Gift (Stereo Version)
3. Lady Godiva’s Operation (Stereo Version)
4. Here She Comes Now (Stereo Version)
5. I Heard Her Call My Name (Stereo Version)
6. Sister Ray (Stereo Version)
7. I Heard Her Call My Name (Alternate Stereo Take)
8. Guess I’m Falling In Love (Previously Unreleased Stereo Instrumental Version)
9. Temptation Inside Your Heart (Original Stereo Mix)
10. Stephanie Says (Original Stereo Mix)
11. Hey Mr. Rain (Previously Unreleased Stereo Version – Version One)
12. Hey Mr. Rain (Previously Unreleased Stereo Version – Version Two)
13. Beginning To See The Light (Previously Unreleased Early Stereo Version)

Disc 2:

1. White Light/White Heat (Mono Version)
2. The Gift (Mono Version)
3. Lady Godiva’s Operation (Mono Version)
4. Here She Comes Now (Mono Version)
5. I Heard Her Call My Name (Mono Version)
6. Sister Ray (Mono Version)
7. White Light/White Heat (Mono Single Mix)
8. Here She Comes Now (Mono Single Mix)
9. The Gift (Previously Unreleased Mono Vocal Version)
10. The Gift (Previously Unreleased Mono Instrumental Version)

Disc 3:

1. Booker T. (Live at the Gymnasium, New York City, April 30, 1967)
2. I’m Not A Young Man (Live at the Gymnasium, New York City, April 30, 1967 – Previously Unreleased)
3. Anymore (Live at the Gymnasium, New York City, April 30, 1967)
4. Guess I’m Falling In Love (Live at the Gymnasium, New York City, April 30, 1967)
5. I’m Waiting For The Man (Live at the Gymnasium, New York City, April 30, 1967 – Previously Unreleased)
6. Run Run Run (Live at the Gymnasium, New York City, April 30, 1967 – Previously Unreleased)
7. Sister Ray (Live at the Gymnasium, New York City, April 30, 1967 – Previously Unreleased)
8. The Gift (Live at the Gymnasium, New York City, April 30, 1967 – Previously Unreleased)

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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