The Velvet Underground's Reissue of "Loaded" to Be Five CD's & One Audio DVD

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

The Velvet Underground’s classic Loaded will be expanded to a 5-CD/1-DVD collectors edition in October.

Loaded was the first time we heard the Lou Reed line “Jenny’s life was saved by Rock and Roll”. That song went on to become a classic for Lou in the Velvet Underground and solo.

In 1997 the album was reissued as Fully Loaded with a second disc of unreleased material added.

The new edition will include:
  • The original album remastered in both stereo and mono
  • A generous selection of demos, early versions and alternate mixes from that era
  • A newly remastered/re-edited version of Live At Max’s Kansas City
  • Two high resolution mixes, plus a surround sound mix in DTS and Dolby Digital
  • An unreleased May 1970 concert recorded in Philadelphia
Remastered stereo and mono versions of the album fill out the first two discs, along with various outtakes, and the mono mix for the unissued single: Rock & Roll b/w Lonesome Cowboy Bill. The third disc explores the creative process behind many of the songs on the album with more than 20 demos, early versions and alternate mixes.

Also included is a remastered version of Live At Max’s Kansas City, which was recorded at the storied New York nightclub on August 23, 1970, the day Lou Reed left the band. Along with the performances from the original 1972 album, the disc includes additional performances selected from the expanded version of the album that Rhino introduced in 2004.

Fans will be excited to hear the unreleased club performance featured on the fifth disc. It was recorded on May 9, 1970 at the Second Fret in Philadelphia by Bob Kachnycz, a fan who hitchhiked to the show and recorded it on reel-to-reel. The band was down to a trio that night: Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison and Doug Yule, who alternated between bass and drums to fill in for Moe Tucker, who was pregnant at the time. Loaded, which came out six months after the show, is well represented with seven songs, including: Cool It Down, Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ and Sweet Jane.

The final disc is an audio only DVD that features three different mixes of Loaded:
  • Surround Sound Remix in DTS and Dolby Digital
  • 96/24 High resolution Stereo Downmix
  • 96/24 High resolution Original Stereo Mix
For the Surround Sound and Stereo Downmix, the original track listing has been re-sequenced slightly to include the segue that was originally planned for I Found A Reason/Head Held High.

The track list:

Disc 1: Loaded Remastered
  • Original Album
    • Who Loves The Sun
    • Sweet Jane – Full Length Version
    • Rock & Roll – Full Length Version
    • Cool It Down
    • New Age
    • Head Held High
    • Lonesome Cowboy Bill
    • I Found A Reason
    • Train Round The Bend
    • Oh! Sweet Nuthin’
  • Session Outtakes:
    • I’m Sticking With You – New Remix
    • Ocean
    • I Love You
    • Ride Into The Sun
Disc 2: Loaded Remastered: Promotional Mono Version
  • Original Album
    • Who Loves The Sun
    • Sweet Jane – Full Length Version
    • Rock & Roll – Full Length Version
    • Cool It Down
    • New Age
    • Head Held High
    • Lonesome Cowboy Bill
    • I Found A Reason
    • Train Round The Bend
    • Oh! Sweet Nuthin’
  • Singles and B-Sides:
    • Who Loves The Sun
    • Oh! Sweet Nuthin’
    • Rock & Roll (previously unreleased)
    • Lonesome Cowboy Bill (previously unreleased)
Disc 3: Demos, Early Versions and Alternate Mixes
  • Demos:
    • Rock & Roll – Demo
    • Sad Song – Demo
    • Satellite Of Love – Demo
    • Walk And Talk – Demo
    • Oh Gin – Demo
    • Ocean – Demo
    • I Love You – Demo
    • Love Makes You Feel Ten Feet Tall – Demo Remix
    • I Found A Reason – Demo
  • Early Versions:
    • Cool It Down – Early Version, Remix
    • Sweet Jane – Early Version, Remix
    • Lonesome Cowboy Bill – Early Version, Remix
    • Head Held High – Early Version, Remix
    • Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ – Early Version, Remix
  • Alternate Mixes:
    • Who Loves The Sun – Alternate Mix
    • Sweet Jane – Alternate Mix
    • Cool It Down – Alternate Mix
    • Lonesome Cowboy Bill – Alternate Mix
    • Train Round The Bend – Alternate Mix
    • Head Held High – Alternate Mix
    • Rock & Roll – Alternate Mix
Disc 4: Live At Max’s Kansas City Remastered
  • I’m Waiting For The Man
  • White Light/White Heat
  • I’m Set Free
  • Sweet Jane
  • Lonesome Cowboy Bill
  • New Age
  • Beginning To See The Light
  • I’ll Be Your Mirror
  • Pale Blue Eyes
  • Candy Says
  • Sunday Morning
  • After Hours
  • Femme Fatale
  • Some Kinda Love
  • Lonesome Cowboy Bill – Version 2
Disc 5: Live At Second Fret, Philadelphia, 1970 (all previously unreleased)
  • I’m Waiting For The Man
  • What Goes On
  • Cool It Down
  • Sweet Jane
  • Rock & Roll
  • Some Kinda Love
  • New Age
  • Candy Says
  • Head Held High
  • Train Round The Bend
  • Oh! Sweet Nuthin’
Disc 6: Audio DVD
  • 96/24 Hi-Resolution Surround Sound Remix
  • 96/24 Hi-Resolution Stereo Downmix
  • 96/24 Hi-Resolution Original Stereo Mix



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