The Velvet Underground ‎– Loaded

Cotillion ‎– SD 9034
Vinyl, LP, Album, SP Suffix


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This copy distinguished by parenthesis around the matrix number on the label, "Stereo" in blue ink, SP suffix, 1841 address.
The SP suffix on the label matrix is indicative of a Specialty Records Corporation pressing.
Some copies with company inner sleeve--last Cotillion catalog number is SD 9036.
Some copies of this ref have printed "STEREO" on the label in a black ink, and the one and Two (for the sides) printed in blue ink
The Velvet Underground wishes to thank Geoffrey Haslam for his helping in putting this album together

Recorded at Atlantic Studio, New York, N. Y.

℗ and © 1970 Atlantic Records

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): (ST-CTN-702029-SP)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): (ST-CTN-702030-SP)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): ST-CTN-702029-B AT PR (SP)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched): ST-CTN-702030-B AT PR (SP)
  • Matrix / Runout: ST-CTN-702029-B AT PR-SP
  • Matrix / Runout: ST-CTN-702030-B AT PR-SP

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SD 9034 The Velvet Underground Loaded(LP, Album, SP ) Cotillion SD 9034 US 1970 Sell This Version
none Velvet Underground* Loaded(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Cotillion none US Unknown Sell This Version
SD 9034 The Velvet Underground Loaded(LP, Album, RE) Cotillion, Atlantic SD 9034 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
R1-9034, RCV1 9034 The Velvet Underground Loaded(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gol) Rhino Records (2), Rhino Records (2), Cotillion R1-9034, RCV1 9034 US 2017 Sell This Version
MID 20 049 The Velvet Underground Featuring Lou Reed The Velvet Underground Featuring Lou Reed - Loaded(LP, Album, RE) Midi MID 20 049 France 1973 Sell This Version


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August 6, 2017

The Velvet Underground were in uncharted waters with this album and in that respect I believe they wanted to be charted and attempted to create a more mainstream record, one which wouldn’t alienate most of the listening public and give them hope for existence. Ahhh, there’s that word ‘existence.’ The Velvet Underground were beyond the verge of breaking apart due to drugs, artistic merit, influences, musical direction, a pregnancy and general lack of interest in each other and the cohesive nature of the group.

Their first two albums had brought them cult status and the cult following to go with it, but it seems that they couldn’t escape the infamous ties to Andy Warhol and his penchant for mass appeal...but Andy’s world pulled people in, and the Velvet’s, their world was closed to all but a few who were able to ride the rails of the passion that was the Velvet Underground. Here the Velvet Underground tried to follow in Andy’s foot prints and strive for a larger audience. This in and of itself is not a bad idea, because success on one level would cause the new fans to make the trip backwards into their earlier works, yet in the same breath they risked losing their tried and true fans Either way there was a stumbling block in front of them. But rather then succeed on one level and fail on another, the band put out an album that brought them to the foreground, where they hit an unexpected stumbling block, and the band dissolved into the steamy neon night of New York City.

I have chosen to give this album a rating of 5 based entirely on the strength of a couple of songs, and these songs will go down as the living legends of pop song culture. Pop songs are pure art. Finding their structure, their beat, their insidious nature to intertwine the listener with the music is no easy task, yet the Velvets did just that with ‘Sweet Jane, Rock & Roll, Train Round The Bend, and Oh! Sweet Nuthin.’ Any of these songs could have been on any other of their releases, but they weren’t, they're here, and must be considered in that context.

‘Sweet Jane,’ is a superbly brilliant and guitar driven. Lou’s voice spits out the words as if they were nothing more then the flick of a wrist. At the time, the song was like nothing any of us had ever heard, you can actually feel and hear Lou’s quiet, smiling laugh, knowing that this song is just perfect.

‘Rock & Roll’ is almost five minutes of hard driving fast talking jive, with a guitar solo that echoes in my head to this day. They weren’t interested in the harmonies being smooth, it was all about the toughness of the dance.

‘Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ has to go down as the greatest rock song of all time. It builds slowly in tenor, tempo, and lyrics, building and building...come on let’s face it, this song is about sex, the act of making love, slow caresses, moans, sighs, longings, aching, nothing but two people together for the moment, in the moment, moving slowly, savoring the intensity, the feeling, pumping to its smooth understated guitar driven climax, intermixed with vibrating reverberating drums. It’s in your head, it’s in your soul, it’s in your outstretched fingers longing for more. It finishes so quietly that you’re left wondering if it ever happened at all.

Many people would like to write this album off, but it’s not going away, try as you might, these songs have worked their way into your soul and can not be avoided any more then ‘the train coming round the bend.’

Ike Reilly once told me that in his song 'The Boat Song [We're Gettin' Loaded], he was paying, or should I say playing homage to the album 'Loaded.'

*** The Fun Facts: Original copies of the album have no silence in between the first two songs, "Who Loves the Sun" and "Sweet Jane", with the first note of the latter being heard at the precise moment the former completely fades. Some later pressings break the segue with the insertion of a few seconds of silence. All CDs of Loaded retain the original segue without the silence.

The artwork for the album features a drawing of the Times Square subway station entrance, with "downtown" misspelled as "dowtown".

Review by Jenell Kesler


June 1, 2017
I can put this puppy on the needle and let it ride out like a cowboy in the sunset, alllllll the way baby. If you're disrespecting this album, you're disrespecting yourself!!!


March 18, 2017
I don't know why some velvet fans don't like this album. The song writing on this album is near perfection. It's not experimental at all and don't get me wrong I love everything the velvets did before this but these are expertly crafted pop songs and probably some of the best I've ever heard. To me, this album really cements Lou reeds genious versatility as a musician. These songs evoke great feelings regardless of their structure. I wouldn't write this album off. Definitely worth a listen, if you're a fan of music in general you will appreciate these gems I'm sure.


September 13, 2015
Looks like a 45th anniversary edition is coming out in October 2015.



August 31, 2012
anyone who can't acknowledge the brilliance of this record is just waaaaay to caught up in the hype of the VU. yes, the velvet underground did more "important" things as far as their early more experimental stuff, but this record is still a truly epic rock and roll record. its got amazingly catchy hooks and incredible guitar licks. almost every song makes you want to jump up and dance and sing along. for some people thats NOT what the VU are about, and I can understand that to a degree, but to be frank they only really did two avante-garde albums, which are both brilliant beyond words. after that they became a fairly standard rock and roll band, and they happened to do THAT better than almost any band in history. just because it's not totally out there doesn't mean it shouldn't be recognized as being genius. it's just on a different scale.


June 18, 2012
edited over 6 years ago

OK, I'll be "that guy". I love this album. I guess that just reflects my ignorance and lack of taste... or at least that is what I would believe if I listened to all the "music fans" whom disparage this album on a regular basis, generally only citing it's lack of experimentation and not so avant-garde lyrical content. Granted, these things are not on this album for the most part but it's still a stone cold classic rock n' roll album and anyone too pretentious to acknowledge that is definitely missing the point of what good music is about. To me this album just proves Lou Reed's genius as a songwriter and musician; the fact that he could completely re-write the rule book of what rock music could and would sound like and then turn in an absolutely perfect pop/rock album at the end of the day is pretty brilliant. I guess if you absolutely need screaming violas and lyrics about sadomasochism, heroin or being "too busy sucking on my ding dong" in order to enjoy an album maybe 'Loaded' is just not 'cutting edge' enough for you. Fine, there are plenty of rap albums that will definitely satisfy your hunger for taboo lyrical content after you have heard The Velvet Underground's not-so-shocking-in-2012 lyrics. But if you like albums based on how they make you feel, this is a good one. There is not a bad track on here, and it always puts me in good spirits. Try listening without any pretensions and don't try to compare it to something else or you'll just wind up sounding like Said_Head and, well...that's just embarrassing.


July 5, 2011

This album is a piece of rot, I really wish I didn't hate it so much, but I do. I guess at the time the VU didn't realise just how amazing their work really was, or maybe they did but knew most of the world still wasn't ready for them. In any case, their third album and the missing fourth album are both pretty accessible and somewhat poppy sounding without their degrading themselves to the degree that you hear in Loaded. I swear, this album is just embarrassing, I can't even listen to it for more than 5 minutes at a time. I'm not one of those people, however, who just misjudge an album because the critics do (if I were and did, I would hate Lou Reed's 80's catalogue, which I certainly don't...for the most part), I've tried hard to enjoy this album, I've listened through it many times with painful intensity, hoping to get that 'moment' where the whole thing just works in my ears, but all I get is an earful of horribly aged cheese.

The only release of this pile I care about is the Fully Loaded Edition, which has some extra recordings of actually good VU material, why that stuff couldn't take place of what's on the record itself is still beyond me.