Velvet Underground & Nico – Japan LP with obi


Free U.S. shipping!  A 1986 pressing of The Velvet Underground & Nico by the Velvet Underground, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of The Velvet Underground & Nico by the Velvet Underground & Nico, including the original obi and a peelable banana sticker on the front cover.

About this copy: This copy of The Velvet Underground & Nico is a 1986 pressing  on the Verve label and was the final Japanese release of this LP before they stopped pressing records in 1989.

This pressing sold quite poorly, as most buyers purchased the album on compact disc, rather than vinyl.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.

The banana sticker is present and is M-.  The lyric insert is M-.

The disc is M- with many spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  It’s a clean disc with occasional pops during the quiet passages.

A nice copy of a scarce Velvet Underground LP.

Background: The 1967 debut by the Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground & Nico, sold poorly in its initial release, and given that the record company had to make multiple changes to the already-expensive, Andy Warhol-designed cover, the album almost certainly lost money for the record company. Despite that, people, especially other musicians, managed to hear it, and today, the album is rightly regarded as one of the most influential albums in rock history. gave The Velvet Underground & Nico five stars, saying:

One would be hard-pressed to name a rock album whose influence has been as broad and pervasive as The Velvet Underground & Nico. While it reportedly took over a decade for the album’s sales to crack six figures, glam, punk, new wave, goth, noise, and nearly every other left-of-center rock movement owes an audible debt to this set. While The Velvet Underground had as distinctive a sound as any band, what’s most surprising about this album is its diversity….

While the significance of Nico’s contributions have been debated over the years, she meshes with the band’s outlook in that she hardly sounds like a typical rock vocalist, and if Andy Warhol’s presence as producer was primarily a matter of signing the checks, his notoriety allowed The Velvet Underground to record their material without compromise, which would have been impossible under most other circumstances. Few rock albums are as important as The Velvet Underground & Nico, and fewer still have lost so little of their power to surprise and intrigue more than 40 years after first hitting the racks.

The album drew attention for a number of reasons, including the cover art, which depicted a banana with the curious caption, “Peel slowly and see.” Most buyers peeled the sticker back to see what was underneath, and were probably disappointed to realize that what was underneath was essentially an image of a peeled banana, albeit a pink one. Finding original pressings today with the banana intact can be a chore, and can cost a small fortune.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Verve
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1986
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.5 in