Offered for sale is an original stereo copy of the second album by the Velvet Underground, White Light/White Heat, released in 1968.
About this copy: This particular copy of White Light/White Heat is an early stereo pressing. The song “Here She Comes Now” is correctly titled on the back cover. It’s also genuine; the dark image of a skull is visible in the lower left hand corner of the front cover.
The cover still has its original shrinkwrap. There is a tiny bit of wear at the corners, but aside from that, it’s pristine. There is a punch hole in the upper left hand corner.
The disc is M-, and aside from a spindle mark on the label, appears to be virtually unplayed. This is the nicest copy of this album that we’ve seen in decades.
A beautiful copy of a classic album.
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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