The Velvet Underground (album) by The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground by The Velvet Underground
Year: 1969
Overall rank: 106th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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86/100 (from 1,374 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1969 (6th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1960s (23rd)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (106th)
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The Velvet Underground (Lou Reed) - The Best of the Velvet Underground (CD)
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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 87 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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86/100 (from 1,374 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 85.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 86.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.8.

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From 05/27/2020 21:17
I prefer Candy Says and After Hours. Good Album deserves it´s place under the top 500.
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From 05/09/2020 18:48
Pale Blue Eyes is one of the most beatiful songs ever written
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From 02/19/2020 03:07
put jelly on your shoulder
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From 12/29/2019 19:34
Heartbreaking and intimate.
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80/100
From 10/02/2019 17:25
A much tamer, more accessible album than what the band had previously released. There is no doubt that this is because of the absence of John Cale, the avant-garde leg of the band. It’s amazing that the Velvet Underground are able to almost completely depart from their original, gritty sound and make something so clean without having much of a drop in quality. But, there is a drop in quality, in my opinion, compared to their previous two albums. The refusal to follow any rules, as was evidenced on their first two albums, is what drew me to them and what fascinated me about them. While they still refuse to follow most rules, it’s clear that they were trying to reach a broader audience with this release. That being said, the guitars sound fantastic and the lyrics are as strong, if not stronger, than their debut. The direction that Lou Reed took the band in was a good one but I prefer their material with Cale.
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From 08/22/2019 20:31
The perfect album to listen to when you're in bed with a heavy cold.
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From 08/16/2019 18:23
Awesome stuff, as per usual with VU. Lou Reed gives his finest vocal performances here.

Favorites: Candy Says, Pale Blue Eyes, Jesus.
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85/100
From 04/19/2019 19:52
Mais folk, mas sem perder o experimentalismo! Extraordinário!
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45/100
From 02/25/2019 19:26
I'm afraid, I'm much too young to understand, why this should be such an extraordinary record. There's one great song: Pale Blue Eyes... and one interesting spoken word experiement, the rest is just average, boring, singer-songwriter-stuff…
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From 02/17/2019 21:00
Some albums are indisputable classics, very important elements for the history of music (this is the case of the debut album Velvet Underground, called "The banana album"). Other albums are fundamental albums, favorites of a listener, of a life. The third album of the Velvet Underground, called "The album sofa" which is perhaps not an absolute masterpiece for everyone but is, for me, an extraordinary album, a friend. The songs on the album are ballads that do not hesitate to bite. They are toxic but are wrapped in charming airs. This album is absolutely genial, Lou Reed is a genius! Yes, The Velvet Underground is my favorite band ...

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Best track: "Pale Blue Eyes"
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