Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 272/500!
Always ahead of their time, The Velvet Underground is a true original in American rock and roll. Recorded in September of 1967 at Mayfair Sound Studios in New York City, White Light/White Heat was the VU's second release. By this time, Nico had embarked on a solo career and Andy Warhol was on to other projects leaving the original line-up of Reed, Cale, Morrison and Tucker. Cale left the band after this title was released in January 1968, only to return for short stints. (Warhol's one contribution to the album was the cover artwork idea.)
White Light/White Heat actually hit the Billboard 200 chart shortly after release. The All Music Guide to Rock gave it a 5-diamond/essential recording rating. The Rolling Stone Album Guide says White Light/White Heat 'taps into the group's brilliant, blinding musical essence' with the hypnotic 17-minute song Sister Ray. The song Here She Comes Now is considered an 'underrated jewel' and The Gift follows the original version with John Cale speaking the lyrics in one channel and the music in the other so that one or the other may be completely tuned out or turned up. The distortion and feedback effects were produced with total artistic control by Reed with a Vox plug-in device for his guitar.
Mobile Fidelity brings out the bottom end and warms up VU's purposeful layers of instruments and sound effects. Put on your wrap-arounds and strap yourself in as this is pure musical napalm.
"The most extreme album in the Velvet Underground's extreme catalog, the New York band's second effort contains six feedback-laden, neighbor-annoying tracks about amphetamines and shooting heroin with a transsexual. It reached 199 on the Billboard Top 200. " - www.rollingstone.com
1. White Light/White Heat
2. The Gift
3. Lady Godiva's Operation
4. Here She Comes Now
5. I Heard Her Call My Name
6. Sister Ray