Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat original Japan LP with obi


An original Japanese pressing of White Light/White Heat by the Velvet Underground, complete with original obi.

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of the second album by the Velvet Underground, White Light/White Heat, including the original obi.

About this copy: This particular copy of White Light/White Heat is an original Japanese pressing.  While the LP was released in the U.S. in 1968, the album wasn’t released in Japan until 1982.

The cover is similar to the U.S. issue; it’s black with a faint impression of a skull.  The cover is VG+, with no general wear but a big of wear at the corners and edges.

The lyric insert is included.

The disc is M-, with no marks on the vinyl, though there are a few spindle marks on the labels.

A beautiful copy of a classic album and the only original Japanese pressing of this LP we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: 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. gave White Light/White Heat five stars:

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.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Verve
Catalog Number:
23MM 0190
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 1 in
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