‘Sunday Morning’ by THE VELVET UNDERGOUND – Released November 1966

Top singles from the past…

16 February 2020

Band: The Velvet Underground
Single: Sunday Morning
B-side: Femme Fatale 
Released: November 1966
Album: The Velvet Underground & Nico
Debut LP – with the banana on the cover – released March 1967
Note 1: Lou Reed & John Cale wrote the song to be sung by Nico.
In the end, it was Reed who sang it, with backing vocals by Nico.
Note 2: The use of the celesta  for the track was an idea of Cale
Note 3: The timeless song was about paranoia (suggested by Andy Warhol)
“Watch out, the world’s behind you, there’s always someone watching you”

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5 Memorable Albums Turning 50 in 2020…

The best of the past

Here are 5 Memorable Albums, selected by
Turn Up The Volume, turning 50 in 2020!

1. ‘Funhouse’ by THE STOOGES

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2. ‘Loaded’ by THE VELVET UNDERGOUND

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3. ‘After The Gold Rush’ by NEIL YOUNG

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4. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band by JOHN LENNON/PLASTIC ONO BAND

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5. ‘Moondance’ by VAN MORRISON

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New York City Legends THE VELVET UNDERGROUND Released Their Self-Titled Third LP 50 Years Ago…

Great albums from the past…

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28 February 2019

Band: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

Album: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND – the band’s third LP

Released: 1 March 1969 – 50 years ago

ROLLING STONE‘s legendary journalist LESTER BANGS wrote: “The songs on this album are about equally divided between the subjects of love and freedom. So many of them are about love, in fact, that one wonders if Lou Reed, the malevolent Burroughsian Death Dwarf who had previously never written a complimentary song about anybody, has not himself fallen in love… On the whole I didn’t feel that this album matched up to White Light/White Heat, but it will still go a long way toward convincing the unbelievers that the Velvet Underground can write and play any kind of music they want to with equal brilliance.” Full review here.

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Not as experimental (John Cale had left in the fall of 1968) and controversial as their previous two LP’s but here’s solid proof that Lou Reed had a natural born ‘pop’ songwriting talent and was ready for his brilliant solo career. Top LP.

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5 Masterpiece Albums Turning… 50 In 2019

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

Here come Five Masterpiece Albums, selected
by Turn Up The Volume turning 50 next year!

The Stooges by THE STOOGES

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‘The Velvet Underground’ by THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

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‘Let It Bleed’ by THE ROLLING STONES

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‘Trout Mask Replica’ by CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND

– ‘Abbey Road‘ by THE BEATLES

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THE VELVET UNDERGOUND Released Turbulent Album ‘WHITE HEAT/WHITE LIGHT’ 50 Years Ago Today

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

30 January 2018

BAND: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

ALBUM: WHITE LIGHT / WHITE HEAT

RELEASED: 30 January 1968 – 50 years ago – their second and final LP with John Cale

ROLLING STONE says: “Of all of The Velvet Underground’s officially released studio and live albums, ‘White Light/White Heat’ is by far the noisiest and most difficult. “No one listened to it,” said Lou Reed of the LP in 2013, just a few months before his death. “But there it is forever – the quintessence of articulated punk. And no one goes near it.” The album’s ugly and aggressive sound was an intentional reaction against the flower-power vibe of the “Summer of Love”. Though generally thought to be about methamphetamine, “White Light/White Heat” may also have been partly inspired by Lou Reed’s interest in metaphysics. With its needle-pinning assault of overdriven instruments, and lyrics about methamphetamine abuse (the title track), botched medical procedures (“Lady Godiva’s Operation”), grisly violence (“The Gift”), cries from beyond the grave (“I Heard Her Call My Name”) and heroin-dealing drag queens (“Sister Ray”), White Light/White Heat was all about pushing the boundaries of sound and taste.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: Experimental noise adventure or ‘arty farty’ shit, or both?
I don’t know, I wasn’t there, but I don’t care. Put this pandemonium on your headphones, turn up the volume and you’ll experience the sound of the foreplay, orgasm and after-sex madness of Apocalypse Now’. Special, indeed. Legend goes that producer Tom Wilson spent more time chasing women than actually overseeing the album. I just think he was kicked out of the studio by the band itself who just didn’t want anybody other than themselves in there, already enough big ego’s to start with. Anyway, about 2203 bands were influenced by this pitch-black havoc trip. I’m quite sure Lou Reed‘s idea for ‘Metal Music Machine‘ popped up right there and then…

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