Velvet Underground, the - Loaded

Velvet Underground, the - Loaded

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Loaded was a fitting end for the mighty Velvet Underground. Lou Reed had penned an album seemingly loaded with hits, but by now, four lps into the Velvets’ career, a sad few record buyers appreciated the band. After recording the album, Reed called it quits and crawled to his parents’ home in the suburbs—the ultimate anti-rock statement. Resignation permeates the album. Reed’s voice is noticeably ragged, and bassist Doug Yule ended up recording many of the vocals for the final mix. Drummer Moe Tucker was pregnant, and Yule’s brother Billy sat in on drums for most of the Loaded sessions, further alienating Reed from the already disintegrating band. This was no longer the art-rock Velvet Underground, but a far more accessible version, relying on Reed’s songwriting over the band’s overall musicality. accordingly, the songs are either retreats into the faux innocence of parental ideals (Head Held High), or autobiographical pieces of teenage rebellion (Sweet Jane). Rock and Roll, for instance, reads like text-book angst, where everything your parents do is, well, “it ain’t happening at all”. The album appropriately sounds like Reed’s final bit of energy for the band. there’s the saddened tone of Oh! Sweet Nuthin’, in which the heroes walk with their “head[s] down”, and New Age, in which they mingle with “over the hill” movie stars. Loaded closed a chapter in Lou Reed’s chronicles, and solidified the Velvet Underground’s significant niche in rock history.

Tracklist

A1 Who Loves The Sun
A2 Sweet Jane
A3 Rock & Roll
A4 Cool It Down
A5 New Age
B1 Head Held High
B2 Lonesome Cowboy Bill
B3 I Found A Reason
B4 Train Round The Bend
B5 Oh Sweet Nuthin'