The Velvet Underground ‎– Live At The Gymnasium

Velvet Records (3) ‎– GYM 001
Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Unofficial Release


A1 I'm Not A Young Man Anymore
A2 Guess I'm Falling In Love
A3 I'm Waiting For My Man
A4 Run, Run, Run
B1 Sister Ray

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April 30, 1967 recording of a performance at The Gymnasium (424 E. 71st St) in New York City. Record contains the first public performance of Sister Ray and the previously unreleased song I'm Not a Young Man Anymore.
Release comes in green and black vinyl. Only 100 copies were made on green vinyl; they were sold on eBay in 10 batches of 10 between February 8 and March 17, 2008.

Note: As the cover illustrates, the title of this release is commonly referred to as "Live At The Gymnasium". The cover's spine and A+B side labels however, specify the title as "A Workout At The Gymnasium".



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April 29, 2016

For those VU fans disenchanted with grade-z recording-quality boots - this is one that defies the trend. Amazing audio, straight off the mixing desk. Vocals a little high maybe ... but this is truly a 9/10 bootleg.
The other thing that makes this special is that it's a gig from the golden year of 1967. I may be wrong but I don't think there's any more live VU material, official or unofficial, from that year. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
John Cale is still with the VU, his bass playing is unique with plenty of his trademark inverted runs.... all seems sweetness and light with the band.
You get the first live outing for Sister Ray and a previously unknown song; I'm Not A Young Man Anymore.
How I wish there was more live material from this era. The tape may have come from Cale's stash and he apparently has more that he 'can't be bothered to go through'.
Come on John, let's have 'em.