The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967, remastered)
Rock, Experimental Rock | FLAC image + cue + log + scans 150dpi | 300 MB (5% recovery)
Label: Polydor/Polygram Records, #531 250 2 | Year: 1996
When the Velvets recorded this debut, they were best known as the protégés of Andy Warhol (who designed the sleeve), and as a grating, combustive live band. Fueled by drummer Moe Tucker's no-nonsense wham and John Cale's howling viola, some of the straight-up rock & roll and arty noise extravaganzas here bear that out. But before Lou Reed was singing about sadomasochism and drug deals and writing lyrics inspired by his favorite poets, he was a pop songwriter, and this album has some of his prettiest tunes, mostly sung by Nico, the German dark angel who left the band after this disc.