White Light/White Heat (album) by The Velvet Underground
In total, there are 12 music albums by The Velvet Underground which appear in the greatest album charts and White Light/White Heat is NOT ranked as the best. The best album by The Velvet Underground is The Velvet Underground And Nico which is ranked number 12 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 51,959.
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|Rare LP The Velvet Underground "White Light/ White Heat" 1st Issue Verve 1968
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|1.||White Light/White Heat||86/100 (97 votes)|
|2.||The Gift||81/100 (55 votes)|
|3.||Lady Godiva's Operation||82/100 (55 votes)|
|4.||Here She Comes Now||83/100 (53 votes)|
|5.||I Heard Her Call My Name||83/100 (53 votes)|
|6.||Sister Ray||86/100 (85 votes)|
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Phenomenal. I'd probably say it's my favorite of theirs. No weak tracks to be found on here.
Nice small album, with a long ending. Sister Ray is fantastic despite its length.
Even if you think this is only noise, which is debatable, who's to say that there's something wrong with that?
just like sister ray said "Great"
Not bad, not great. I liked the title track and Here She Comes Now the most.
Bought this. Kind of disapointed. Like Lou Reeds solo work better, especially Berlin.
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It does have little songwriting (as I said it has nearly, but only nearly, zero songwriting), but the songwriting itself is nothing to get excited about at all!
The thoughts behind the album itself are very limited, I don't think anybody will disagree with that statement, and the result of this album is something that reflects a most likely chaotic lifestyle and a band completely out of control. Out of madness comes genius or what? Is that really the case with this album? Or has its praise something to do with the fact that this might be the first album where drugs had completely drawn a band away from the music? This album is different, yes, but only because of its noisier sound and masturbating drive. Something that arguably have inspired many bands, okay, but WHY IS IT GREAT? After all it is in our top 200 OF ALL TIME! Not very far from our top 100 when you think about it!
Sorry if I seem mad, I know this comment will get a lot of negative votes. But I really have a suspicion that people are bandwagoning with this album, a case where the image is bigger than the music. It just frustrates me that so many bands and artists have put really much thought and energy into an album to perfect it and make it really great, and then there is this band who just hurries into a studio (I've read on Wikipedia that the album was recorded in two days) and make this soulless piece of nonsense!
Drugged out album which involves nearly zero songwriting, the sound of a band that doesn't give a fuck! I can't see its experimental nature, all The Velvet Underground ever did on this record was to turn up the volume and allow the created feed-back and noise to be maintained in the mix. The poem on "The Gift" sounds goofy, most songs consist of monotonous rhythm patterns and the variety on this album is minimal.
I get that most people see this as a groundbreaking wall of noise, but I think the band were lacking discipline in the creating of the album to make it anywhere near great. Besides the opener, which works fine as opener but nothing more, and the idea of a long track to end the album, this album is nothing but free play!
I wasn't looking for a pleasant pop-album, but even from an avant-garde music lover's point of view, I wouldn't be able to see the greatness from this album. After all it isn't very experimental, it's only a pumping rhythm section that never stops, where each member play whatever they want to. We've already seen this from free-form jazz!
So why is this album ranked and rated so high? My guess is because of The Velvet Underground's completely exaggerated image. It's not because I'm scared of the album's dissonant and unstructured composition, but this band's discography and especially this album is like a complex joke: If you don't get it, you're probably just stupid. Hurry up laughing, or someone else will notice!
F*cking amazing noise. Every track sounds great, from The Gift's droning voice-over to Sister Ray's noisy, long jams to Lady Godiva's Operation's perfect vocal and guitar union.
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