THE BARGAIN BUY: The Velvet Underground; White Light White Heat/Velvet Underground and Nico

 |   |  1 min read

The Velvet Underground and Nico: Femme Fatale
THE BARGAIN BUY: The Velvet Underground; White Light White Heat/Velvet Underground and Nico

Brian Eno once said that there would come a time when the Velvet Underground were discussed in the same breath as the Beatles with regard to their influence and importance. He said that when very few people in rock culture had really given serious consideration to this band out of New York which recalibrated the coordinates of rock music.

With the VU came themes which had never previously appeared in contemporary music (although were common enough in underground films and novels), a kind of drone rock where mood and tone were as important as melody, and an attitude that this was art to be taken seriously.

31NEWVT49HL._SL500_AA300_There are plenty of articles about the Velvet Undergound at Elsewhere which includes CD, book and DVD reviews (start here) so this can be brief.

Here are their first two albums (both from '67, the year of debut albums by Hendrix and the Doors as well as Sgt Pepper's) which should be cornerstones in any sensible collection: all the "hits" are here including Sunday Morning, Waiting for the Man, I'll Be Your Mirror, Femme Fatale, Sunday Morning, Heroin, Here She Comes Now, Sister Ray . . .

These were the only two VU albums with John Cale and some might say the only ones worth having. That's not true, but Cale was an integral part of their sound so . . .

Anyway why mention them now?

JB_HZ_CHEAP_longBecause these two albums are part of a double package which is only $19.99 at JB Hi-Fi stores here.

That's a lot classic music at a low price, which makes it yet another Elsewhere recommendation as a Bargain Buy

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   The Bargain Buy articles index

THE BARGAIN BUY: Taylor Swift; Red

THE BARGAIN BUY: Taylor Swift; Red

Having seen Taylor Swift at Auckland's Vector Arena about 18 months ago (and going in know maybe one of her songs and far too much about her "private life") this Bargain Buy... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; The T.A.M.I Show (DVD)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; The T.A.M.I Show (DVD)

Rock'n'roll never looked quite as exciting as it did at this awards show in 1964. No, the Beatles aren't here but just eight months previous they had played on the Ed Sullivan Show for the... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Bley, Swallow, Sheppard: Life Goes On (ECM, digital outlets)

Bley, Swallow, Sheppard: Life Goes On (ECM, digital outlets)

Now in her Eighties, the great composer/pianist/organist Carla Bley remains productive as a recording artist and here completes a trilogy of albums with her longtime trio of bassist/partner Steve... > Read more

Singapore: Drinking with an angel

Singapore: Drinking with an angel

It's always a pleasure — and sometimes even necessary given the humidity — to just plonk down in one of those cheap street-corner eateries in Singapore and take in the passing parade... > Read more