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The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City by Lou Reed and John Cale.

Although experiencing little commercial success while together, the band is often cited by critics as one of the most important and influential groups of all time. In a 1982 interview Brian Eno made the oft-repeated statement that while the first Velvet Underground album may have sold only 30,000 copies in its early years, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band."

Andy Warhol managed the Velvet Underground and it was the house band at his studio, the Factory, and his Exploding Plastic Inevitable events. The provocative lyrics of some of the band's songs gave a nihilistic outlook to some of their music.

Their 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (which featured German singer Nico, with whom the band collaborated), was named the 13th Greatest Album of All Time, and the "most prophetic rock album ever made" by Rolling Stone in 2003. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the band No. 19 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, by Patti Smith.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 The Velvet Underground & Nico The Velvet Underground 4.65 20
1968 White Light/White Heat The Velvet Underground 4 12
1969 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground 4 11
1970 Loaded The Velvet Underground 3.5 7
1973 Squeeze The Velvet Underground 2
2012 The Verve/MGM Albums The Velvet Underground 1
2012 Scepter Studios Sessions The Velvet Underground 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Andy Warhol's Velvet Underground featuring Nico The Velvet Underground 1
1982 Historia de la Música rock - 38 The Velvet Underground 3 1
1984 VU The Velvet Underground 3
1986 Another View The Velvet Underground 2
1989 The Best of The Velvet Underground: Words and Music of Lou Reed The Velvet Underground 1
1991 Chronicles The Velvet Underground 1
1993 What Goes On The Velvet Underground 1
1995 Peel Slowly and See The Velvet Underground 4.6 1
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground 1
2003 The Very Best of The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground 1
2005 Gold The Velvet Underground 1
2007 Unripened (The Norman Dolph Acetate) The Velvet Underground 2
2009 Singles 1966–69 The Velvet Underground 1
An Introduction to the Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground 1
Best of Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground 1
The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Live at Max's Kansas City The Velvet Underground 3
1974 1969: Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed The Velvet Underground 3
1988 1969: Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed, Volume 1 The Velvet Underground 2
1988 1969: Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed, Volume 2 The Velvet Underground 1
1993 Live MCMXCIII The Velvet Underground 2
2001 Final V.U.: 1971–1973 The Velvet Underground 1
2001 Bootleg Series, Volume 1: The Quine Tapes The Velvet Underground 2
2009 Velvet Redux: Live MCMXCIII The Velvet Underground 1
2013 La Cave 1968 The Velvet Underground 2
1969-08-02: Hilltop Festival, Rindge, NH, USA The Velvet Underground 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 All Tomorrow's Parties / I'll Be Your Mirror The Velvet Underground and Nico 5 1
1966 Sunday Morning / Femme Fatale The Velvet Underground & Nico 5 1
2011 Foggy Notion / I Can't Stand It The Velvet Underground 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Andy Warhol The Velvet Underground 1

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