Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. stereo copy of the second album by the Velvet Underground, White Light/White Heat.
About this copy: This particular copy of White Light/White Heat is a 1968 U.S. stereo pressing on the Verve label.
The exact pressing/version is unknown, as the album is still sealed and presumably unplayed.
- The song “Here She Comes Now” is incorrectly titled “There She Comes Now” on the back cover.
- This copy is also genuine; the dark image of a skull is visible in the lower left hand corner of the front cover.
- Lou Reed is credited with “lead guitar” on the back cover.
- The back cover has a credit to Andy Warhol for the cover concept.
The shrink wrap is mostly intact; there is a small tear at the top near the upper right hand corner and slight wear there. There is also a 3 cm tear near the lower right hand corner and slight wear there.
There is a clean punch hole in the lower left hand corner.
A beautiful copy of a classic album that is often found in terrible condition.
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.
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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