Annotation

There are several versions and remasters of this album containing the same titles, but in alternative mixes.
The Verve edition of 1986 is a remastered re-issue with subtly different tracks to the 1967 release.
The 1996 re-release went back to the original mastertapes and artwork, although the banana could sadly not be peeled slowly. ;)

Annotation last modified on 2012-10-18 22:14 UTC.

Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground12" Vinyl11
Verve (jazz label, aka “Verve Records”, use this for release labels)V6-5008, V6/5008[none]
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground & Nico12" Vinyl11
Verve (jazz label, aka “Verve Records”, use this for release labels)V-5008[none]
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground & Nico12" Vinyl11
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)2459 358[none]
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground12" Vinyl11
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)2391 323[none]
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground12" Vinyl11
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)SPELP 20
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground12" Vinyl11
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)SPELP 73
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet UndergroundCD11
Verve (jazz label, aka “Verve Records”, use this for release labels)823 290-2042282329028
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet UndergroundCD11
Verve (jazz label, aka “Verve Records”, use this for release labels)823 290-2042282329028
The Velvet Underground & Nico ('Polydor Popular CD Nice Price Series' budget re-issue)The Velvet Underground & NicoCD11
  • JP1990-08-01
Polydor (Japanese domestic releases only!)POCP-18414988005068712
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet UndergroundCD11
  • US1996-05-07
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)31453 1250 2731453125025
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground & NicoCD11
  • GB1996-05-20
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)531 250 2731453125025
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet UndergroundCD12
  • US1997-04-29
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabUDCD 695015775169524
The Velvet Underground & Nico (deluxe edition)The Velvet Underground2×CD16 + 15
  • US2002-06-24
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)314 589 624-20731458958826
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground & NicoCD11
  • JP2006-06-21
Polydor (Japanese domestic releases only!)UICY 62444988005430427
The Velvet Underground & Nico (limited edition)The Velvet Underground & Nico12" Vinyl11
  • JP2007-08-08
Universal Music (plain logo: “Universal Music”), Verve (jazz label, aka “Verve Records”, use this for release labels)UIJY 90054988005472328
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet UndergroundCD11
  • US2008-09-16
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)B0011717-02602517804272
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground2×CD16 + 15
  • JP2009-01-21
Verve (jazz label, aka “Verve Records”, use this for release labels)UICY-93894, UICY-938954988005545923
The Velvet Underground & Nico (Rarities Edition: Essential Collector's Tracks)The Velvet UndergroundCD15
  • CA2010-04-27
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)B001387402602527293073
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet UndergroundSHM-SACD (2 channels)11
  • JP2010-06-30
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)UIGY-90284988005614407
The Velvet Underground & Nico (45th anniversary remaster)The Velvet UndergroundCD11
  • XE2012-10-26
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation), Universal (plain logo: “Universal”)3715319602537153190
The Velvet Underground & Nico (45th anniversary edition)The Velvet Underground2×CD16 + 15
  • GB2012-10-29
Universal UMC3705468
The Velvet Underground & Nico (45th anniversary super deluxe edition)The Velvet Underground6×CD16 + 15 + 10 + 15 + 5 + 4
  • XE2012-10-30
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation), UMe (imprint of Universal Music Enterprises)B0016946-02602537054695
The Velvet Underground & Nico (45th anniversary edition)The Velvet Underground & Nico2×CD16 + 15
  • US2012-10-30
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation), UMe (imprint of Universal Music Enterprises)B0016945-02602537054688
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet UndergroundCD11
  • US2012-10-30
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)B0017493-02602537153190
The Velvet Underground & Nico (45th anniversary edition)The Velvet Underground & NicoDigital Media11
  • US2012-11-06
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)HX00602537183654
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground6×SHM-CD16 + 15 + 10 + 15 + 5 + 4
  • JP2012-11-14
Polydor (Japanese domestic releases only!), UMe (imprint of Universal Music Enterprises)UICY-75343/84988005730817
The Velvet Underground & Nico (45th anniversary edition)The Velvet UndergroundDigital Media11
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)[none]
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground & NicoBlu-ray11
Verve (jazz label, aka “Verve Records”, use this for release labels)V6-5008600753429976
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground & NicoCD11Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)531 250 2731453125025
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet UndergroundCD11Verve (jazz label, aka “Verve Records”, use this for release labels)823 290-2042282329028
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground12" Vinyl11AUNJ 9005
The Velvet Underground & Nico (club edition)The Velvet Underground & NicoCD11Verve (jazz label, aka “Verve Records”, use this for release labels), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions)823 290-2, D102155[none]
The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground & Nico12" Vinyl11Verve (jazz label, aka “Verve Records”, use this for release labels)V6-5008, V6/5008[none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:All Tomorrow’s Parties / I’ll Be Your Mirror by The Velvet Underground and Nico
Sunday Morning / Femme Fatale
covers:I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico by Various Artists
The Kettering Vampires Perform Nico & The Velvet Underground by Alan Jenkins
The String Quartet Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico by Vitamin String Quartet
The Velvet Underground & Nico by Record Club
included in:White Light/White Heat + The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground
part of:Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 1) (order: 1)
Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 1) (order: 1)
The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 8) (order: 8)
David Keenan: The Best Albums Ever (number: 11) (order: 11)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2003 edition (number: 13) (order: 13)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 13) (order: 13)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 23) (order: 23)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/35276 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/fq4h [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/h26m [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_velvet_underground_nico/the_velvet_underground_and_nico_f1/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/81618/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0001955423 [info]
Wikidata:Q259667 [info]

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Famously ignored upon its release in 1967, The Velvet Underground & Nico's landmark debut has since become regarded as one of the greatest and most influential rock albums of all time. First released on CD in 1986, it then appeared as part of the career-spanning Peel Slowly and See box set in 1995, followed by a deluxe edition in 2002.

And that, you'd think, would be that. But here it is again, in its most comprehensively expanded form yet, and in various formats each vying for your wallet.

Unfortunately, its most telling detail isn't to be found in the hitherto hidden textures of the newly remastered mono mix, nor in the various alternate versions of familiar classics. It's in the fact that, so eager were they to milk its enduring legacy, Universal Music/Polydor couldn't wait just a few more years for the more commonly celebrated 50th anniversary.

Tainted by a cynical and exploitative pall, it transforms an uncompromising artistic statement into a mammoth, cash-gobbling monster. You wait for The Man long enough, he'll catch up with you in the end.

So what's on offer? The limited-edition six-CD box set features stereo and mono mixes, plus Nico's VU-assisted debut album Chelsea Girl, all newly remastered from the original tapes by VU reissue maestro Bill Levenson.

It also boasts the first official release of The Scepter Studios sessions, featuring early takes and mixes, a Factory rehearsal (including Nico's aborted take on There She Goes Again) and an oft-bootlegged live performance from 1966. Levenson's stellar work aside, it's for fanatics only; how many versions of All Tomorrow's Parties does anyone really need?

The two-CD edition features the stereo version alongside the Scepter sessions. So if you want to enjoy Levenson's superior, rawer mono remaster, then the box set is your only option. See what they did there?

It's galling that such a deathless masterpiece - it still sounds extraordinary - should be endlessly repackaged for rank commercial gain. Still, roll on the 47th anniversary giant inflatable banana edition with holographic Lou Reed 3D commentary.