The Velvet Underground ‎– The Velvet Underground

MGM Records ‎– 2353 022, MGM Records ‎– 2353022
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue


A1 Candy Says 4:09
A2 What Goes On 3:35
A3 Some Kinda Love 3:35
A4 Pale Blue Eyes 5:40
A5 Jesus 3:24
B1 Beginning To See The Light 4:48
B2 I'm Set Free 4:05
B3 That's The Story Of My Life 2:05
B4 The Murder Mystery 8:35
B5 After Hours 2:05

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1971 reissue, LP originally released 1969. Recorded at T.T.G. Studios, LA, California.

Two mixes of this LP exist. MGM engineer Val Valentin completed a clean, bright, evenly balanced mix, but Lou Reed made an alternate (so called closet) mix. Whereas Valentin's mix was used for the earlier 1969 UK issue, Reed's mix was used here.

"Some Kinda Love" is actually a different take.

MGM SELECT 2353 022 appears on spine

Durations from labels ("What Goes On" is 4:52 on sleeve, real duration between 4:30 and 4:35)

Credits (not appearing on sleeve):
Bass, Organ, Vocals – Doug Yule
Drums, Percussion – Moe Tucker
Mixed By – Lou Reed
Producer – The Velvet Underground
Vocals, Guitar – Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison
Vocals - Moe Tucker (Tracks: B4, B5)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out area A: First Press): 2353022 A//1 420 04
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out area B: First Press): 2353022 B//1 420 04
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out area A: Second Press): 2353022 A//2 420 04
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out area B: Second Press): 2353022 B//2 420 04
  • Other (Price Code): Select

Other Versions (5 of 102) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SE-4617, SE4617 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground(LP, Album) MGM Records, MGM Records SE-4617, SE4617 US 1969 Sell This Version
531 252 2 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Polydor 531 252 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
none The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground(CD, Album + CD, Album + CD, Album, Mono + CD + CD ) Universal Music Catalogue, Polydor none 2014 Sell This Version
POCY-9003 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground(CD, Album, Ltd, RE) Polydor POCY-9003 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
UICY-78246 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Verve Records UICY-78246 Japan 2017 Sell This Version


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June 17, 2018
edited 2 days ago
There seems to be some questions about the quality of this pressing. I own both this and the OG 1969 US pressing, and this one sounds great. I do think the cover is printed better on my other copy though. On this version the vignetting around the image is a strange blown-out grey. It’s also centered on the cover instead of being more towards the bottom of the frame. That being said, sound wise, this is definitely a good alternative to the original US pressing if you’re looking for the closest mix.


December 31, 2017
edited 5 months ago
Testimonials on Hoffman threads consistently state that this 1971 UK reissue (2nd UK version) sounds excellent, many stating that it’s one of the best sounding pressings, if not the best of VU’s 3rd s/t album, especially of Reed’s closet mix...


August 28, 2013
I have a very nice looking copy of this album, with only hairline visible scratches, but it sounds TERRIBLE! Of course, it's largely a very quiet album and so inevitably surface noise will seem more intrusive, but still... are there a lot of poor pressings of this record or am I just unlucky?