Velvet Underground - White Light / White Heat (CD)

Velvet Underground

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  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
  3. Experimental Rock
Number of Items
White Light / White Heat
Country of Origin
USA / Canada
Mono / Stereo

Rolling Stone (4/11/02, p.105) - Ranked #1 in Rolling Stone's "50 Coolest Records" - "...Sublimely beautiful rock & roll noise..."
Spin - Included in Spin's list of the Top Ten College Cult Classics - "...arguably the best, and at very least the most intense, V.U. work ever waxed."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.52) - Ranked #13 in Mojo's "The 50 Most Out There Albums Of All Time" - "The Velvet's second album contained their noisiest, over-amped feedback-ridden distortion and lyrical outrage."

  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] White Light / White Heat
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Audio clip
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Audio clip
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Audio clip
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Audio clip
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] The Gift
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Lady Godiva's Operation
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Here She Comes Now
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] I Heard Her Call My Name
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Sister Ray
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Audio clip
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Audio clip
Release Date
23 May 1996
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] White Light/White Heat
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Gift, The
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Lady Godiva's Operation
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Here She Comes Now
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] I Heard Her Call My Name
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Sister Ray

Velvet Underground: Lou Reed (vocals, guitar, piano); Sterling Morrison (vocals, guitar, bass); John Cale (vocals, electric viola, organ, bass); Maureen Tucker (percussion).
Personnel: Lou Reed (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards); Sterling Morrison (vocals, guitar, bass guitar); John Cale (vocals, viola, electric viola, organ, keyboards, bass guitar); Maureen Tucker (percussion).
Photographers: Susan Cooper; Billy Name.
WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT, the Velvet Underground's second album, is the band at their most calculated and perverse, but also shows another side. It is a glimpse of the more accessible rock which Lou Reed wrote, but wasn't fully comfortable with until the group's third album. WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT also introduced guitar sounds and production so abrasive that the feel wasn't duplicated until even punk had matured into New York's downtown art/noise scene nearly twenty years later.
WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT is an exhausting exercise in opposites. The aching beauty of "Here She Comes Now" features a delicate guitar melody and Reed's most innocent vocals since the debut's "Sunday Morning"; it sniffs around Lou's taste for ballads, but throws in the cruel "oh she looks so good/oh she's made out of wood" refrain for effect. The title track would even be playful if not for the instrumental speed rushes and vocal harmonies so discordant they're sinister. It also turns out to be a perfect primer for "Sister Ray," a depraved freak show of prostitutes, junkies and what happens when the cops come banging at the door. Musically, "Sister Ray" is a jarring guitar crash, clocking in at 17:25, fully showing the Velvet's musical ferociousness. As organ washes clash with jagged locomotive guitars, Reed whirls off descriptions of sailors and transsexuals who "want to know a way to earn a dollar." Such snapshots into the Velvet Underground's twin sides make WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT indispensable.

Universal Distribution
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
The Velvet Underground
Tom Wilson
Date Released
1999-01-01 00:00:00
  1. Velvet Underground
40m 12s
Gary Kellgran; Gary Kellgren
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