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Live 93 - Double CD
Velvet Underground
Live 93 - Double CD
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #2

Japanese limited edition reissue of 1974 album, packaged in a miniature LP sleeve.


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All Artists: Velvet Underground
Title: Live 93 - Double CD
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sire / London/Rhino
Original Release Date: 10/26/1993
Release Date: 10/26/1993
Album Type: Live
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 093624546429


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Japanese limited edition reissue of 1974 album, packaged in a miniature LP sleeve.

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Excellent Live Performances of all the Classics (but one).
B. Marold | Bethlehem, PA United States | 09/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"`The Velvet Underground Live MCMXCIII (1993)' is a two CD set collected from performances at the Paris (France) L'Olympia Theater. From the response of the audience to the Velvet's performances, I think the myth that only about a thousand people ever actually listened to The Velvet Underground (but, the story goes, each and every one of those thousand started a band influenced by the Velvets.

By some standards, this may not be a `great' live album, in the same league as `The Who Live at Leeds', but I think it is pretty darn good. Since this was recorded at least 25 years after the Velvet's prime and the release of their first two albums, from which most of this material comes, it is really a pleasure to hear Lou Reed and John Cale and Moe Tucker and Sterling Morrison in such good voice. (Well, Moe seems to be a bit raspy and forced on her single solo, but it was done for fun, so it sort of fits).

Since most of the material does come from the first two albums, there is a strong chance that all of your favorites will be here. And, when Lou or John does the vocal on a number originally sung by Nico, I think this live version is actually better, as I was never a big fan of Andy Wharhol's designated chanteuse.

The only number I miss is the last cut of the first album, `European Son to Delmore Schwartz', which was a great closing number. Instead, they close the CDs with a very quiet song, `Coyote', which, frankly, I don't recognize, so it may even be a Lou Reed number.

I am really happy that they stuck to the Velvet's material, even though both Reed and Cale have had successful solo careers. I am also very happy that we have the original four. I don't mean other sidemen couldn't have done as well, but I like to see the original band get the bread for doing the gig and not some pickup musicians backing Reed and Cale.

Thus, to answer the big question on all live or `best of' albums, is this worth the cost of duplicating the numbers. To me, a died in the wool fan and proud owner of two original vinyl albums with banana sticker intact, I believe this is well worth the ability to carry around in one jewel case, an album of good performances by the original band with enthusiastic audience in thrall.
One of Lou's best versions of "Pale Blue Eyes"...
Larry from Brooklyn | Brooklyn | 12/14/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I still mix it and play it all the time. The only version that holds up to it is Courtney Love's live version (which is also a killer). Docked a star for John Cale who is still arch after all these years (exception: Songs for Drella)."