Velvet Underground | White Light/White Heat | Album
Velvet Underground "White Light/White Heat" (1968)
LP (NEW) - Vinyl, Vinyl Lovers, Europe, 2008, 900044, 8013252900044, Remastered, 180g Vinyl, Reissue
White Light/White Heat, originally released in 1968, is the Velvet Underground's second studio album, released a mere ten months after their seminal debut The Velvet Underground & Nico. "The quintessence of articulated punk" was how Lou Reed described his band's second album. Recorded in a short flurry of studio sessions in September 1967, the band’s final studio album with co-founder and multi-instrumentalist John Cale boasted none of the louche charm of the Velvets’ 1967 debut, nor did it contain any of the hushed melodicism heard on the band’s self-titled 1969 LP, and it was utterly devoid of any instant classic-rock anthems like “Sweet Jane” and “Rock and Roll” from 1970’s Loaded. With its needle-pinning assault of overdriven instruments, and lyrics about methamphetamine abuse (title track), botched medical procedures (“Lady Godiva’s Operation”), grisly violence (“The Gift”), cries from beyond the grave (“I Heard Her Call My Name”) and heroin-dealing drag queens (“Sister Ray”), White Light/White Heatwas all about pushing the boundaries of sound and taste. Five stars.
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