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Following Lou Reed’s exit from the Velvet Underground on the eve of the release of 1970s ‘Loaded,’ his band still went on tour. In fact, they hung together long enough to put to tape this little lost corner or rock and roll history. Led by later day Velvet Doug Yule (yes that’s his honeyed voice on ‘Candy Says’), this incarnation of the Velvet Underground included no original members and exactly one drummer from the proto-metal band Rainbow. Bizarre, no?
But it’s not all that bad. Sure, it’s been tarred by Velvet fans who miss the grit and grim that Uncle Lou brought to the table, but tracks like ‘She’ll Make You Cry’ call on enough charm to make the platter downright enjoyable. It’s a Doug Yule album through and through and Doug Yule just seems like a good guy. Look at him in Velvet promo photos, the angel-faced guy among a crowd of hooligans.
In other words, it’s all sun and almost no spit. Which, for those even just a bit partial to the ‘Who Loves the Sun,’ isn’t technically a bad thing.
Sure, as a whole, the album pales in comparison to the heights climbed by the Velvets, but it’s been wrongly backhanded by fans because it pockmarked the Velvet Underground’s sterling discography. But it’s worth seeking out even if just with mild curiosity. To put it bluntly: It was the ’70s, there was shit way way worse than this flooding the market at the time.
Plus, that album art should be downright iconic. Too bad it didn’t grace the front of ‘Loaded.’