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Loaded (2-CD Fully Loaded Edition)
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: VELVET UNDERGROUND Title: LOADED Street Release Date: 02/18/1997
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Media Type: CD
Artist: VELVET UNDERGROUND
Street Release Date: 02/18/1997
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John P. from ALLSTON, MA
Reviewed on 8/9/2006...
classic - a must have!
Evan McCausland | Rochester, MI | 05/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album has the inexplicable experience of being labeled a flop by VU-philes. The main reason I can imagine is that it diverted from the typical progressive-alternative-punk genre that had been laid down in the previous three albums.But I can't see blaming it all on Doug Yule. Yes, my loyalties lie with John Cale, but no one lambasts "The Velvet Underground" (3rd album, 1st with Yule) as being a flop. Back on track, this is a good album, and it is filled with some catchy songs that are somewhat upbeat. The most notable Reed creations are "Sweet Jane" and "Rock 'N' Roll", which are presented on the album....Sweet Jane in it's full (and only satisfactory) form. Those who have watched "High Fidelity" or listened to its soundtrack will recognize "Who Loves The Sun" and "Oh, Sweet Nuthin!", and both are good songs. "Who Loves The Sun" is a giddly little tune, but is surprisingly catchy. The latter is a good "sad" song (it was used as such in the film), and has a good solo on Sterling's part towards the end.Some say the middle songs on the album are "filler", and at a first listen, they may seem so. But after listening more and more, you will, in a way that only Lou Reed's songs can, be drawn into them. "New Age" has grown on me, as well as "Lonesome Cowboy Bill". But the most impressive "filler" track has to be "I've Found A Reason". Patterned after the old '50's rythym and blues songs, it is deceptively harmonic, soothing, yet rocking at the same time, and features great writing, both harmonically and lyrically, on Reed's part.So, it doesn't deserve it's "crap" rating many give it. But, which version to buy? To me, there's not a question. For a little more money (6 bucks at most), "Fully Loaded" gives you a ton of extra songs that are surprisingly substantiative to the album itself. To be fair, some of the tracks are demos, that either a. sound weird, or b. don't sound TOO much different, but there are some songs that never made it on the record at all. Many ended up becoming solo Reed tracks later on, but hearing them in their original song formats are great.Notables: "Ocean" is presented in a few varying forms on this album, which, in my opinion, is a suspenseful song, and keeps its charm well in these outtakes. But the other highlight is "I'm Sticking With You", led on vocals by drummer Maureen Tucker (YES, she does appear, but ONLY on "Fully Loaded). This version, unlike the one released on one of the "lost MGM albums" ("Another View" or "VU"), has an excellent acoustic guitar backing that gives it almost a folk feel, which suits the song better than the other (and more known) lounge-style accompianment.All in all:1. "Loaded" was and is a viable album
2. Buy "Fully Loaded", if considering buying "Loaded" to begin with.The "Fully Loaded" variant is filled out with the extra tracks, and also allows you to compile some demo tracks without having to buy the boxed set.Reccomended."
Patrick W. Schubert | Santa Ana, California United States | 11/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This record has always seemed to divide many velvets fans. To some, its the band's greatest achievement, to other's, its a failed attempt to pander to mainstream tastes. As with most things in life, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. "Loaded" is, in many ways, a blatantly commercial pop record. But, is this necessarily a bad thing? It's not as if "Loaded" is lacking in substance. "Sweet Jane", "Rock and Roll" and "Oh! Sweet Nothing" are timeless, expertly crafted songs that just happen to be alot more accessable than much of the group's earlier material. It's just a shame that Moe Tucker was not on hand to lend her minimalistic, one-of-a-kind style of drumming to this album. This 2-CD set is, in this Velvets fan opinion, absolutely essential. Even if you own the box set, you owe it to yourself to pick this up. It contains a treasure trove of previously unreleased material that is uniformly excellent. I love how disc two features an alternate version of "Loaded" in the same running order as the original. If you are considering purchasing this album, by all means, skip the standard CD version and instead spring the little bit of extra money for the "Fully Loaded" edition. The sound and packaging are superior and you get about 80% more material. Its well worth it."