Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Velvet Underground
"She'll Make You Cry"

The Velvet Underground
Squeeze
LP
(Polydor, 1972)

My goodness, what a naughty cover!

If you look at the release date, you'll note it's 1972, the same year that Lou Reed hit the charts with Take a Walk on the Wild Side. But, wait, Lou was the leader of The Velvet Underground! What gives?

For the folks who don't already know, this is Doug Yule's Velvets. He replaced John Cale after the second Velvets album, White Light/White Heat. When Lou left two albums later, he proceeded to replace Lou. Squeeze was released only in the UK, and Doug played most of the instruments himself, as Sterling and Moe were also gone by the time it was recorded. If you find yourself wanting to set fire to a recording studio whilst listening, however, that's 'cause you're hearing Ian Paice, of Deep Purple, (uncredited) on the skins. Lotta folks hate this album, and I can understand why. I, on the other hand, have grown to like it over the years. I will say, though, that I'm glad I bought it for $4 rather than a crazy collector price. If I had spent a lot on it, I just might hate it, too.

1 biased opinion:

Biki said...

oh gawds NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!