Velvet Underground – 1969: The Velvet Underground Live (1972), Live at Matrix 1969 (2015)

1969: The Velvet Underground Live is a live album by the Velvet Underground. It was originally released as a double album in September 1974 by Mercury Records. … During 1969, the Velvet Underground toured the United States and Canada, playing well over 70 dates. By this time, the band had picked up a sizeable fan base and every now and then a fan would bring along, with consent of the band, recording equipment to record a set. Most of the time, this would mean relatively simple hand-held recorders resulting in lo-fi audience recordings. On two occasions, however, professional equipment was used. On October 19, 1969, in the End of Cole Ave. club, Dallas, a fan who happened to be a recording engineer brought along his professional gear; and in November at The Matrix in San Francisco, the band was given permission to use the in-house four-track recording desk. The band were given two-track mixdown tapes from the recordings for reference, but nothing was done with them until 1974, after the band had dissolved and Lou Reed had become well known as a solo artist. According to bassist Doug Yule, ‘The release of 1969 Live… was started by Steve Sesnick [former band manager], who had the tapes and was trying to sell them to get money for himself claiming that he owned the [band] name and the rights to the album… Somehow somebody else got involved and contacted other people in the group and basically Sesnick got done. [Lou Reed’s management] took the tapes and said ‘It’s not yours’ and released it’. The mixdown tapes were submitted to Mercury Records, who agreed to release a compilation of the best performances as a double album. … At the time of the album’s release, three of its songs (‘We’re Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together’, ‘Over You’ and ‘Sweet Bonnie Brown’/’It’s Just Too Much’) had never been released in any form, two (‘Lisa Says’ and ‘Ocean’) were previously only known from the versions on Reed’s debut solo album, and ‘New Age’ and ‘Sweet Jane’ were radically different from the eventual Loaded studio versions. In addition, much of the rest of the album lends credence to a popular saying about the band—that they would not (or could not) play a song the same way twice. In particular, ‘I’m Waiting For The Man’ (here called ‘Waiting For My Man’) is performed in a country-rock manner; ‘Femme Fatale’ is louder and more aggressive, and ‘White Light/White Heat’ is extended from two-and-a-half minutes to over eight minutes of avant-garde guitar improvisation. …”
Low Culture 1: The Velvet Underground Live In 1969
amazon: Velvet Underground Live 1969 volume 1, volume 2
YouTube: Volume 1 – 10 videos, Volume 2 – 9 videos
Rolling Stone: The Complete Matrix Tapes, YouTube: Live at Matrix 1969 – Set 1 and 2 (Full Album), Set 3 and 4 (Full Album)

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