The Velvet Underground ‎– The Velvet Underground

MGM Records ‎– SE 4617
Vinyl, LP, Album




"ASCAP edition"
- Catalog number printed on the left side of the label.
- Label credit reads "All selections published by Virpi, Inc. (ASCAP)".

Sounds of "Now" on MGM inner sleeve.

Features Lou Reed's "Closet Mix".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: SE4617 Side1 MGS1824 Rev.BP
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Variation 1): SE-4617 S-2 MGS-1825 SPECIAL REV
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Variation 2): "W.C." Side 2: SE-4617 S-2 MGS-1825 SPECIAL REV

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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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August 6, 2017
edited about 1 year ago

The albums' all about the song "Pale Blue Eyes" ...

Not being one of the band’s favorite albums for most people, nearly all of the songs found on this outing are themed regarding freedom and love … though for me, the album was all about the song “Pale Blue Eyes,” which was rumored to have been considered as a B-Side, and as part of an EP, though never seemed to actually materialize. Rolling Stone magazine said, ”Pale Blue Eyes” is a folky ballad that never really gets off the ground either musically or lyrically.

It’s seldom in our short sweet lives that we’re able to remember a seminal moment in our musical history, with “Pale Blue Eyes,” a haunting, almost frighteningly deeply personal relentlessly touching number laced with emotional longing and sadness that documents an experience that most of us have shared, though have been unable to bring into existence outside of our splintered souls, being that seminal moment for me.

The song was a brilliant success in my mind, both lyrically, emotionally and musically, with the fact that it didn’t really get off the ground making it all that more accessible and personal. “Pale Blue Eyes” had every element that would define my musical existence and serve as a temple, encapsulating at every turn all that I’d be looking for in music for the rest of my life. Of course the band Love would deliver the chilling “Signed D.C.” along with “A Message to Pretty,” but on a whole, these sort of low keyed, low flying songs were seldom delivered, seldom given voice, and never was an album themed along these lines until Spacemen 3 presented Perfect Prescription in 1989, and later The Darkside would float the more soaring, yet cut from the same cloth All That Noise, albums that just shivered me to the bone, making me realize that I wasn’t alone in my desire to capture these elusive moments of laid back, nearly drugged out, emotional stoner laced bits of intoxication that floated in darkness, seemed to singularly exist within the construct for those with damaged souls, and the need to touch the wounds.

Of course, then came Galaxie 500, and their three releases that breathed the same collective breath as mine, beat at the same heartbeat level and structured every chord, every note, and every verse around the emotional angst that’s hung around me like a hazy fog of interpersonal satisfaction.

These sort of songs are not meant to be shared with others, they’re designed to encompass those personal moments when one is alone with their own thoughts, their own shattered existence, though are neatly, almost embarrassingly tucked away, like a tattoo one keeps covered, because it reveals far too much as to the nature of one’s being.

As to the album as a whole, this was The Velvet Undergrounds third release, and their first with Doug Yule who was replacing John Cale, where they attempted to settle things down and bring a calmness to their music. There were other changes as well, with Yule singing the opening track “Candy Says,” and this time out, recorded in sunny California.

*** The Fun Facts: It’s claimed that the song “Pale Blue Eyes” was inspired by Shelley Albin who actually had hazel eyes, with Reed noting this in his book “Between Thought and Expression”, Lou Reed’s first true love [while at Syracuse University], and who was married to another man at the time. Shelley Albin would agin be referenced in the song “New Age” from the Loaded album. “New Age” in its original text includes a reference to Lou Reed’s bi-sexuality when he wrote “It seems to be my fancy to make it with Frank and Nancy.” Though later, the studio version is written from the point of view of a fan addressing a “fat blonde actress.”

The song “Candy Says” was about Candy Darling, a Warhol Factory hanger-on who would again make an appearance on the Lou Reed song, “Walk On The Wild Side.”

As to the album artwork, the images were taken by Billy Name, with whom Reed was also having a sexual relationship, and inspired the song “Some Kind Of Love,” saying that "No kinds of love are better than others ..." Billy was another Warhol Factory regular who’s skull & dagger tattoo showed up on the cover of White Light White Heat. The cover photo was taken with the band sitting on the infamous couch in The Silver Factory, and shows Lou Reed holding a copy of the magazine Harper’s Bazaar, dated October 1968.

Review by Jenell Kesler


August 2, 2017
Hi, does anyone know of a white (vs black) background version of this album? Same picture, just on a white backdrop.

I quickly saw one yesterday, in someone's collection. I didn't get the details, but can't find any reference to it on Discogs. The guy had a bunch of VU stuff, all orginal, he bought back in the day. Said the cover is must be, I can't find mention of it. Thanks!


July 2, 2017

speaking of classic : confident and passionate a laid back self examination *****


February 6, 2017
Could someone let me know if they're selling the 'Bedroom Mix' of this disc ? My understanding is that the different mixes are so radically different as to be nearly different versions. The version I have came with a Velvets boxed set in the early 90s. It's a great record but I didn't notice any special intimacy in the production. So if you have the Bedroom Mix for a reasonable price (10ish or less but I'm flexible) please let me know and you've got a sale.


December 21, 2012

Definitely one of my favorite records ever. Some of the songs are just so calming, like Candy Says and Pale Blue Eyes, lacking that aggressiveness of Heroin from the Velvet Underground and Nico, instead honing in on that blissful apathy of the drug itself. In other places though the record shows some real nice experiments, e.g. The Murder Mystery, which i've heard in so many post-punk (revival) sounds, with its odd structure and krautrock-like piano jam ending. The ending couldn't be nicer with Moe Tucker playing us out with such a nice voice, just like on I'm Sticking With You. This is the perfect driving at night record.