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The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground

Album Review

Massively expanded 45th-anniversary edition of third Velvets album.

The Velvets’ first album without John Cale allowed Lou Reed free rein to exhibit his highly tuned pop sensibilities to full effect. Cale’s replacement, Doug Yule, handles lead vocals on scene-setting bittersweet opener Candy Says (one of Reed’s finest songs) and the reason for his recruitment becomes immediately clear. Though their previous debut and White Light/White Heat albums have subsequently changed the musical landscape significantly, they simply didn’t sell at the time of their original release.

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