WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT (45TH ANNIVERSARY SUPER DELUXE EDITION), UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA
The legendary Velvet Underground’s second album White Light/White Heat is 45 years old. In celebration, Universal Music is re-releasing it with a ton of extras.
This album features all six original tracks, like “Here She Comes Now” and “Sister Ray” just as they were recorded in ‘68. Then each song is here again, remastered to sound its finest, but without losing the grit of the original recordings. Since it’s a reissue, you get extra pleasures like the bonus disc Live from Gymnasium, recorded in New York City on April 30, 1967, which up until now was only available bootlegged and, for its time, sounds amazing. Included, as well, are a few previously unreleased tracks and also some early recordings.
White Light/White Heat is considered a blueprint for punk and experimental rock alike, but when it was first released in 1968, the album came in at 199 on the Billboard Top 200. Truly a record ahead of its time, this re-issue is a perfect addition to all the extra attention The Velvet Underground have been getting since the tragic passing of frontman Lou Reed in October 2013. Hopefully with the reissue of this fabulous record, a whole new generation of music lovers have the opportunity to experience the dark, raw power of The Velvet Underground. As Reed once said, “No one listened to it. But there it is, forever – the quintessence of articulated punk.”
By Sarah Mac