Loaded [Fully Loaded Edition]

Loaded [Fully Loaded Edition]

by The Velvet Underground

CD(Italian Import)

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After The Velvet Underground cut three albums for the jazz-oriented Verve label that earned them lots of notoriety but negligible sales, the group signed with industry powerhouse Atlantic Records in 1970; label head Ahmet Ertegun supposedly asked Lou Reed to avoid sex and drugs in his songs, and instead focus on making an album "loaded with hits." Loaded was the result, and with appropriate irony it turned out to be the first VU album that made any noticeable impact on commercial radio -- and also their swan song, with Reed leaving the group shortly before its release. With John Cale long gone from the band, Doug Yule highly prominent (he sings lead on four of the ten tracks), and Maureen Tucker absent on maternity leave, this is hardly a purist's Velvet Underground album. But while Lou Reed always wrote great rock & roll songs with killer hooks, on Loaded his tunes were at last given a polished but intelligent production that made them sound like the hits they should have been, and there's no arguing that "Sweet Jane" and "Rock and Roll" are as joyously anthemic as anything he's ever recorded. And if this release generally maintains a tight focus on the sunny side of the VU's personality (or would that be Reed's personality?), "New Age" and "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" prove he had hardly abandoned his contemplative side, and "Train Around the Bend" is a subtle but revealing metaphor for his weariness with the music business. Sterling Morrison once said of Loaded, "It showed that we could have, all along, made truly commercial sounding records," but just as importantly, it proved they could do so without entirely abandoning their musical personality in the process. It's a pity that notion hadn't occurred to anyone a few years earlier.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/18/1997
Label: Imports
UPC: 0081227256326
catalogNumber: 1050283

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Velvet Underground   Primary Artist
John Cale   Organ
Lou Reed   Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Adrian Barber   Percussion
Sterling Morrison   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Moe Tucker   Percussion,Vocals
Billy Yule   Percussion
Doug Yule   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tommy Castanaro   Percussion

Technical Credits

Rick Derringer   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Velvet Underground   Producer,Audio Production
Johnny Winter   Composer
Adrian Barber   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Geoffrey Haslam   Audio Production
Bill Inglot   Reissue Producer,Remixing
Sterling Morrison   Composer
Moe Tucker   Composer
Doug Yule   Composer
Shel Kagan   Producer,Audio Production
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
Patrick Milligan   Reissue Producer
Stanislaw Zagorski   Illustrations

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