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The Velvet Underground And Nico (album) by The Velvet Underground 

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The Velvet Underground And Nico
The Velvet Underground And Nico by The Velvet Underground (1967)
Overall rank: 10th   Overall chart history
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1967 (2nd)
Top 10 albums of the 1960s (4th)
Top 10 albums of all time (10th)

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The Velvet Underground And Nico is ranked as the best album by The Velvet Underground.

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Members who like this album also like: Revolver by The Beatles, Abbey Road by The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles.

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This album was the first to show that sing-songy pretty clean music is not always the answer. One of the most unique albums of its time. The songs sound very unpolished and it works perfectly. It doesn't tell, it shows. Great album.
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From LimpLimbs 06/18/2016 16:27
There are some of the greatest songs ever on this album ("Heroin" and "Femme Fatale"). But unfortunately, there are also some fillers (the last 2 songs). Not flawless, but very interesting.
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From konzolfan 06/17/2016 08:28
My favorite album of all time, every song is perfect. I can't imagine any music in the future, that will be better than this.
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From souplipton 06/14/2016 03:04
I've been having some difficulty reviewing this album properly, so instead I'll just offer some of my thoughts on the album.
First off, I hate Nico's vocals. It would have been better if The Velvet Underground and Nico had just been The Velvet Underground. From what I've read, she was added at Andy Warhol's request, much to the dismay of the band, and I agree with the band over Warhol here.
Second, I think the proto-punk work on the album, such as "I'm Waiting for the Man", "Run Run Run", and "Heroin", is way better than the avant-garde stuff here, although "Heroin" does trail off into the avant-garde stuff near the end, which in my view isn't a improvement. As for the pop stuff, "Sunday Morning" is impeccable, but "I'll Be Your Mirror" and "Femme Fatale" aren't, mostly because Nico. I really hate her vocals. "Femme Fatale" is still pretty good, in spite of Nico, and the best part of "I'll Be Your Mirror" are the backing vocals.
Third, I think way too much is made of the daring themes of the album. There is some stuff here that would have seemed somewhat shocking, but it had been in literature and poetry for some time, and in blues music for even longer. Maybe it was surprising to pop audiences, but
beyond that, it seems over blown to me.
Fourth, why does "The Black Angel's Death Song" exist on this album?? Feels out of place and is a track that does very little for me. "European Son" at least sort of makes sense on the album, but the preceding track seems like it was from a different recording.
Fifth, it's a good album, but overall seems to have accrued a reputation that far outstrips the quality of the work itself. It gained such a reputation of being an underrated and overlooked masterpiece, that it seems to me that it has become very overrated.
In closing, I think there's some incredible stuff here if you stick to the Lou Reed proto-punk material, but there's not enough of that there for me to think of this as being a top 25 album of all time, and definitely not close to being a top 10 album.
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From JLAwesome1 05/21/2016 02:47
Sunday Morning is one of my favorite songs ever, first of all.

Second, I remember hearing so many of my favorite, modern albums on the first listen of this thing and being blown away at the extremely visible influences.

Third, hard to pick between this and Sgt. Pepper's for best album of '67, which is saying A LOT.

Fourth, check it out. It's pretty rad.
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From aidanstickyguin 05/07/2016 22:42
Best rock album of all time, because of the sheer diversity of songwriting and sound
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From garycottier 05/05/2016 19:37
One of the most important and influential albums ever. It's an absolutely genius record. How they manage to combine atmosphere, attitude, experimentalism, and a melodic pop mentality all at the same time is incredible. The songs are just sublime; heroin, all tomorrows parties, Sunday morning, I'm waiting for the man, all stunning. To be honest, I still think, European son, is crap, the album should have ended after, the black angels death song, but that's a personal quibble. It doesn't take anything away from a masterpiece. Excellent.
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From LAF2 05/02/2016 02:26
You can add Sgt. Pepper's, Abbey Road, Revolver, Dark Side, and OKC to that list too and I'd be cool with it.

*ducks from tomatoes*

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From jackbrown8786 04/23/2016 01:28
wow, grats on moving up past LZ4.... holy sh&^

belongs above nevermind and MAYBE kid a too????
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From crimson 04/19/2016 19:09
Agurably the best album of all time.
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