You see the cover, I don’t have to tell you any more than that.
Well, I do, as this is meant to be a lure to get you to buy this. It is a Universal Super Deluxe Edition of Velvet Underground’s classic 1968 album White Light/White Heat originally released on Verve Records, and it’s not a 2CD set, but a 3CD collection. It was put together as a means to honor its 45th anniversary, and will be released on December 2nd, just in time for the holiday season. While it is the band’s first true VU album (i.e. without Nico), it was also the last to feature John Cale.
As the theory goes, Velvet Underground were not massive sellers by any means but everyone who bought their album moved on to form a band or became a musician or singer. That’s the influence of a group whose ripple effect is far more massive than they were, and yet because of that, their music remains massive and massive sounding.
The Super Deluxe Edition will feature both the mono and stereo mixes of the album, everything remastered. Then there are the previously unreleased goodies, which include vocal (!!!) and instrumental mixes of “The Gift”, both in mono. There’s also the original mono 45 mixes of “White Light/White Heat” and “Here She Comes Now”. Songs recorded during the sessions but had been unused include “I heard Her Call My Name”, “Beginning To See The Light”, “Stephanie Says”, “Guess I’m Falling In Love”, Temptation Inside Your Heart”, and “Hey Mr. Rain”, some being alternate takes or early versions, most in brand new mixes. On top of that, there’s disc 3, featuring the band’s live recording at The Gymnasium in New York City from April 30, 1967, taken from Cale’s only existing copy. Only two songs from this show had been released before, but the tape features performances of “The Gift”, “I’m Not A Young Man Anymore,” “I’m Waiting For The Man,” “Run Run Run,” and “Sister Ray”. Want more? The 3CD set will also feature liner notes from David Fricke.
For those who pre-order it now, a limited edition white flexi-disc featuring VU’s live performance of “Booker T” from the Gymnasium show will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.
You may pre-order the Super Deluxe Edition of White Light/White Heat here.