Japanese-only double SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) paper sleeve pressing of this album. SHM-CDs can be played on any audio player and delivers unbelievably high-quality sound. You won't believe it's the same CD! Univers... more »al. 2009.« less
Japanese-only double SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) paper sleeve pressing of this album. SHM-CDs can be played on any audio player and delivers unbelievably high-quality sound. You won't believe it's the same CD! Universal. 2009.
Clare Quilty | a little pad in hawaii | 03/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a completely fantastic album. Everything about it is just great: the song selections, the groove of the band, Lou Reed's dry, amiable banter ("No one here has school tomorrow?"). It gives the listener about as close a feeling to being at a VU show as, I imagine, we're ever gonna get.No, the sound isn't Mobile Fidelity 24-bit whatever quality. But that's kind of the point. When you listen to "1969" you're listening to a band that never really got the proper appreciation when they were operating so they never really got properly recorded. We can't have it both ways. But it sounds just fine to me. This is what there is and I'm just thankful it exists at all.My favorite songs: a chilled out "Waiting for my Man" that's a mellow shadow of the abrasive original but reinforces, not waters down, the point of the song; a smokin' "What Goes On" that transcends its own washing machine drone over 8:55 and becomes a kind of musical locomotive; "Over You," which is sad and beautiful and tender and, in my opinion, just a perfect love song.My only complaint is not with the music but with the packaging. These are not two separate entities here, but for some reason the record company sells them as such. That may come in handy for those buying music on a budget, but "1969" deserves to be re-packaged as a proper single unit. You wouldn't break up "Exile on Main Street." There isn't a "White Album" volume 1 & 2. Columbia has yet to put out a respectable CD of "Blonde on Blonde" but at least there's not "Blonde 1" and "Blonde 2." "1969" is in a class with all three of those records and should be treated as such."
Changed my life
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Even more than "The Velvet Underground and Nico," this album made me a lifelong VU obsessive. I learned to play guitar because of this album. It redefined how I would listen to all music afterward. It makes me ache with regret because I was too young to ever see this band live. It's ample proof of Lou Reed's songwriting genius--and surprisingly revealing evidence that he's not just a nasty, scary human being (despite his efforts the rest of his career to prove he is). It's where you should go to hear the underrated, quiet heroes of the VU: Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker. It's so essential you won't mind the low-fi sound and tape hiss. It's music that makes you glad to be alive. A Top 5 desert island disc. I could go on...However, as has already been noted often, breaking up the original two-LP set into individual CDs is an injustice. And the cover is one of the all-time eyesores. But who cares?"
Live as it should be, Volume 1
firstname.lastname@example.org | Las Vegas, NV | 04/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, I'll join the bandwagon of those mystified why this original double album, which I proudly still own, was broken down into two separate volumes. This now means I have to write two 5-star reviews instead of one, but with this piece of work I'll gladly do it. I've listened to a lot of double-live albums in my life. Most of them are unlistenable even once. These albums go on and on with extended jams of their songs, and it just gets tedious. This piece of work work does exactly the same thing, but for some reason mesmerizes me. Maybe it's because the songs were too short in their original recording. Maybe it's because they're so good they can go on forever as far as I'm concerned. Or maybe this band just knows how to play a live set. I'll go with the last choice here. As influential as The Velvet Underground is famous for being, they add a new dimension to that praise with this album. They hit home run after home run with songs that were good to begin with, but take on majestic status in their live translation. Much of what they do is not that complex, and is almost primitive in it's repetitiveness. But from Buddy Holly to John Lennon to this band, it's turning something simple into something magic that makes it good rock and roll. If they offered 6 stars, this is one of the few reviews I would give that rating to."
Velvets fan? Buy this.
Joshua D. Mooney | New York, NY United States | 12/31/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'd give this an extra half star if the sound were better. People talk about "lo-fi" as if bad sound were somehow part of the Velvets' game plan. Wrong. What they pumped out live is one thing. What made it onto the tape is another. Fact is, this sounds like a very good bootleg---better than the "Quine Tapes" official release, to be sure. But it could be much, much better. But it ain't! So we have to deal with that. Still, this, and Vol. 2 (which I rank a half-star better), are mandatory for VU fans. It's post-Cale VU, and it's just before Lou Reed split the band. ...(and please get Vol. 2 as well, since it SHOULD be a double CD). All the songs are worth having. "Heroin" stands out---in fact, it jumps out and grabs you by the throat, or somewhere else. But I guess my real passion for this album is based on the extended jam on "What Goes On"---it may be the most vital 9 minutes of rock 'n' roll you'll ever hear. Words fail me---I'm listening to it now (again). Get it!!!"
A wall of sound unbettered in popular music
email@example.com | London, UK | 01/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I was about 17, Edwyn Collins of the then-magnificent Orange Juice told the New Musical Express that this was the best album ever made. He may be right.69 Live was the gorgeous, glamorous oddity with the rude cover in my record collection even before Edwyn's solemn declaration (I think we were all pretty solemn in 1980). It's a double album and, if you want to buy it now, you have to shell out for two separately-packaged CDs, which is a horrible thing to do to such a powerful unity. This is the Velvet Underground after John Cale's departure--less arty, out of Warhol's shadow--but no less melancholy or gloriously nasty for all that. It's a long, grubby recording made on cassette in Texas during one of the Velvets' long tours of college campuses. The quality is, by digital standards, so poor it would never make it to release these days. This is such a defiantly analogue recording that, if you could still buy it, I'd recommend that you buy the cassette and play it too loud on your car stereo.There's a sequence of songs on this album which so perfectly captures the low-life glamour, the elegiac beauty and the kinetic force of the Velvets at their best that it ought to be a compulsory listen for students of rock and roll. Waiting For My Man, Lisa Says, What Goes On, Sweet Jane and We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together--a twenty minute wall of sound unbettered in popular music. This means, that if you're going to buy just one of these CDs, it should be volume one."