A UK pressing of White Light/White Heat by the Velvet Underground with a scarce alternate white cover.
Offered for sale is a scarce UK copy of the second album by the Velvet Underground, White Light/White Heat, released in 1976 with an alternate white cover featuring toy soldiers.
Any fan of the debut album by the Velvet Underground was likely shocked upon hearing 1968’s White Light/White Heat, an album that sounded nothing at all like its predecessor, or for that matter, like any other record to be found in stores that year. Raw, unpolished, and loud, White Light/White Heat was, and remains, the most difficult album in the band’s catalog.
The world of pop music was hardly ready for The Velvet Underground’s first album when it appeared in the spring of 1967, but while The Velvet Underground and Nico sounded like an open challenge to conventional notions of what rock music could sound like (or what it could discuss), 1968’s White Light/White Heat was a no-holds-barred frontal assault on cultural and aesthetic propriety. Recorded without the input of either Nico or Andy Warhol, White Light/White Heat was the purest and rawest document of the key Velvets lineup of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen Tucker, capturing the group at their toughest and most abrasive. White Light/White Heat is easily the least accessible of The Velvet Underground’s studio albums, but anyone wanting to hear their guitar-mauling tribal frenzy straight with no chaser will love it, and those benighted souls who think of the Velvets as some sort of folk-rock band are advised to crank their stereo up to ten and give side two a spin.
About this copy: This particular copy of White Light/White Heat is a UK reissue from the mid-1970s, featuring an unusual alternate white cover featuring toy soldiers. This pressing was only in print for a short time and as far as we know, this cover was never used in any other country. The back cover is the same as the U.S. and original UK release.
The cover is VG++, with a bit of wear at the top seam. The disc is M-; aside from a couple of spindle marks it appears to have only been played a couple of times.
A beautiful copy of a classic album.
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