"Velvet Underground and Nico" Gets the Deluxe Treatment

July 26, 2012 12:00 AM

" It’s been announced that The Velvet Underground’s seminal first album The Velvet Underground and Nico will be getting the deluxe, top-of-the-line reissue treatment on Universal to help celebrate the album’s 45th anniversary.

The album, which will be released in both stereo and mono versions, will also be packaged with a version of Nico’s 1967 album Chelsea Girl (itself a de facto Velvets album, give or take a few Jackson Browne contributions), a recording of a live show, recordings from a January 1966 rehearsal at Andy Warhol’s Factory, as well as various outtakes and alternate mixes.

The set should offer a compelling look into the early evolution of the Velvets, who would go on to help define a generation of below-the-radar music. It’s also an interesting move financially, as in the era of torrents, what.cd, Spotify and $2.99 Amazon first-week specials, consumers are, less and less, actually paying for the music they buy "

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