The Velvet Underground – Loaded – 45th Anniversary (1970/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Velvet Underground – Loaded – 45th Anniversary (1970/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 55:30 minutes | 2,06 GB | Genre: Rock
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Loaded is the Velvet Underground’s fourth studio album. In 2003 the record was listed at #109 inRolling Stone magazine’s list of 500 greatest albums of all time! This was the last Velvet Underground recording to feature Lou Reed before he began his solo career. Loaded features singles “Sweet Jane,” “Rock & Roll” and more great tracks!

After The Velvet Underground cut three albums for the jazz-oriented Verve label that earned them lots of notoriety but negligible sales, the group signed with industry powerhouse Atlantic Records in 1970; label head Ahmet Ertegun supposedly asked Lou Reed to avoid sex and drugs in his songs, and instead focus on making an album “loaded with hits.” Loaded was the result, and with appropriate irony it turned out to be the first VU album that made any noticeable impact on commercial radio — and also their swan song, with Reed leaving the group shortly before its release. With John Cale long gone from the band, Doug Yule highly prominent (he sings lead on four of the ten tracks), and Maureen Tucker absent on maternity leave, this is hardly a purist’s Velvet Underground album. But while Lou Reed always wrote great rock & roll songs with killer hooks, on Loaded his tunes were at last given a polished but intelligent production that made them sound like the hits they should have been, and there’s no arguing that “Sweet Jane” and “Rock and Roll” are as joyously anthemic as anything he’s ever recorded. And if this release generally maintains a tight focus on the sunny side of the VU’s personality (or would that be Reed’s personality?), “New Age” and “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’” prove he had hardly abandoned his contemplative side, and “Train Around the Bend” is a subtle but revealing metaphor for his weariness with the music business. Sterling Morrison once said of Loaded, “It showed that we could have, all along, made truly commercial sounding records,” but just as importantly, it proved they could do so without entirely abandoning their musical personality in the process. It’s a pity that notion hadn’t occurred to anyone a few years earlier. –AllMusic Review by Mark Deming

1 Who Loves The Sun 02:46
2 Sweet Jane (Full Length Version)    04:06
3 Rock & Roll (Full Length Version)    04:43
4 Cool It Down 03:05
5 New Age (Full Length Version)    05:11
6 Head Held High 02:57
7 Lonesome Cowboy Bill 02:44
8 I Found A Reason 04:16
9 Train Round The Bend 03:21
10 Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ 07:25
11 I’m Sticking With You (Session Outtake)    02:53
12 Ocean (Session Outtake)    05:45
13 I Love You (Session Outtake)    02:54
14 Ride Into The Sun (Session Outtake)    03:24

Lou Reed – vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, piano
Doug Yule – bass, piano, keyboards, lead guitar, fuzz bass, drums, percussion, backing vocals, lead vocals on “Who Loves the Sun”, “New Age”, “Lonesome Cowboy Bill”, “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’”, and “Ride Into the Sun”
Sterling Morrison – lead guitar, rhythm guitar, possible backing vocals
Maureen Tucker – drums: credited, but does not appear due to maternity leave; on the Fully Loaded edition, she does appear singing on the outtake “I’m Sticking With You”, and playing drums on the demo of “I Found a Reason”


Adrian Barber – drums on “Who Loves the Sun” and “Sweet Jane”
Tommy Castagnaro – drums on “Cool It Down” and “Head Held High”
Billy Yule – drums on “Lonesome Cowboy Bill” and “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’”