The Velvet Underground & Nico (3)The Velvet Underground & Nico

Label:Verve Records – V-5008
Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono, East Coast Pressing, Emerson Torso Cover
Style:Garage Rock, Art Rock, Experimental, Psychedelic Rock


A1Sunday Morning
ProducerTom Wilson (2)
A2I'm Waiting For The Man4:37
A3Femme Fatale2:35
A4Venus In Furs5:07
A5Run Run Run4:18
A6All Tomorrow's Parties5:55
B2There She Goes Again2:30
B3I'll Be Your Mirror2:01
B4The Black Angel's Death Song
Written-ByJohn Cale, Lou Reed
B5European Son7:40

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Gatefold cover with banana sticker. First pressing with Emerson image upside down on the back cover.
East Coast pressing with labels giving "Side 1" and "Side 2" instead of "Side A" and "Side B", 1.25" pressing ring diameter instead deep groove 2.75" pressing ring diameter, credit Reed-Cale-Morrison-Tucker instead L.Reed-J. Cale-S. Morrison-M. Tucker.

"Three Prong Music. All Selections BMI"

Block-shaped 'S' engraved in the deadwax and the label fonts indicate a pressing by MGM Record Manufacturing Division, Bloomfield, New Jersey.

®© Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc./Printed in U.S.A.

[Uncredited Info]:
The actor Eric Emerson, protagonist of some multimedia films projected behind the group during the EPI, filed a lawsuit against the record label for the non-payment of the rights regarding his image that can be seen upside down on the back cover on this version. So between March and April 1967 the album was suddenly withdrawn from trade and shops. After a few months, the album was redistributed in a few copies with a huge sticker that covered the top of the offending photo and that you can see here The Velvet Underground & Nico (3) - The Velvet Underground & Nico.

Variant 1 - Runout side A: etched, [1C block-shaped "S"] stamped
Runout side B: etched, [12, symbol [see photo] stamped
Variant 2 - Runout side A: etched, [12 block-shaped "S"] stamped
Runout side B: etched, [11, symbol [see photo] stamped

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Pressing Plant ID (Stamped in runout): block-shaped "S"
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): MG-558
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): MG-559
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 1): V5008 side 1 MG 558 Rev 15 block-shaped "S"
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 1): V5008 SIDe 2 MG 559 12 symbol
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 2): V5008 side 1 MG 558 Rev 12 block-shaped "S"
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 2): V5008 SIDe 2 MG 559 11 symbol

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The Velvet Underground & Nico (2×LP, Single Sided, Album, Test Pressing, Stereo)Verve RecordsV6-5008US1966
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The Velvet Underground & Nico (LP, Album, Stereo, West Coast Pressing)Verve Records, Verve RecordsV6-5008, V6/5008US1967
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The Velvet Underground & Nico (LP, Album, Mono, East Coast Pressing, Emerson Lawsuit Threat Sticker)Verve RecordsV-5008US1967
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The Velvet Underground & Nico (LP, Album, Mono, West Coast pressing)Verve Records, Verve RecordsV-5008, V/5008US1967
The Velvet Underground & Nico (LP, Album, Promo, Mono, East Coast Pressing)Verve RecordsV-5008US1967



  • sugarcool6's avatar
    I have this one and it was the start of my collection from 1983 onwards. I have cd's and lp's of this in various degrees.
    This copy has on the 'Chair/Breaking glass' part of 'European Son' the most 'atmospheric/bouncing' sound.
    It is less clear on other copies. I don't know why it is but this was one of my first dissapointments with cd, as I believed in
    cd (till a degree I still do) . I was used to listen at this Dutch print and found the cd (first time they came out) a bit dissapointing.
    Though I did not compare this yet to the later re-masters. The sound of the vinyl may have some flaws but it streams just more natural from the stereo.
    • hunky_dory's avatar
      I'd like to ask if there are any vinyl releases of this album with glossy cover?
      • tarmstrong's avatar
        Because about 1,200 have it and 5,000 want it. Supply vs. Demand. Pure and simple. Of course, this means VG+ Vinyl & VG+ Sleeve, and 100% non-peel of the sticker.
        • SrovertCollection's avatar
          PSA: A head and arms is NOT a torso. Please stop calling this a "torso" cover and refer to a human anatomy chart. That is all. Thank you.
          • tarmstrong's avatar
            A classic album for sure. I bought mine at action, online, for a fair price at the time.
            • samcbride's avatar
              Is there an LP reissue w/ the peelable banana sticker anyone can recommend?
              • Lif-'s avatar
                will they ever reissue in mono so i dont have to sell a kidney to hear it on wax?
                • kristiankriesel's avatar
                  Hi I have a version of this album that is pretty hard to place, The Matrix runout reads 3972 V65008 S 35948 RE lee Ro5 It's a pretty good pressing the best i've heard lots of space between vocals and instruments but pretty gritty and raw too.
                  • inkmathematics's avatar
                    Looking for the Mono Torso Sleeve only. Let me know if you've got an extra sleeve and we can work out a deal!
                    • RoomTemperatureIce's avatar
                      Easily the most overrated album of all time. Discuss below :)



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