The Velvet Underground Reveal 'The Complete Matrix Tapes' Box Set

The Velvet Underground Reveal 'The Complete Matrix Tapes' Box Set
Though the Velvet Underground's forthcoming, 45th anniversary deluxe edition of 1970's Loaded LP hasn't even hit stores yet, another box set release is on the way from the classic art rock outfit. A sizable portion of live recordings are set to arrive on the upcoming The Velvet Underground: The Complete Matrix Tapes.

Due November 20 via Polydor/Universal Music Enterprises, the four-CD box set features material recorded during two concerts back in November 1969, while the band was holding a residency at San Francisco pizza shop-turned-venue the Matrix. The concert hall was started up by the Jefferson Airplane's Marty Balin.

Parts of these four-track-captured recordings had seen release in the past, via 1974's 1969 The Velvet Underground Live, the Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: The Quine Tapes from 2001, and the more-recent "Super Deluxe" version of the band's self-titled album.

All told, The Velvet Underground: The Complete Matrix Tapes contains 42 tracks, with nine of these being previously unreleased. The rarest material includes unheard versions of "Some Kinda Love," "Sweet Jane," "After Hours" and more. You'll find a full breakdown of the tracklisting down below.

As previously reported, the Velvet Underground's Loaded: Re-Loaded 45th Anniversary Edition lands October 30. It features a remastered version of the landmark LP in stereo and mono, a disc full of demos and rarities, and also tacks on the Live at Max's Kansas City concert LP.

The Velvet Underground: The Complete Matrix Tapes:

Disc One:

1. I'm Waiting For The Man (Version 1) 
2. What Goes On (Version 1)
3. Some Kinda Love (Version 1)
4. Heroin (Version 1)
5. The Black Angel's Death Song
6. Venus In Furs (Version 1)
7. There She Goes Again (Version 1)
8. We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 1)
9. Over You (Version 1)
10. Sweet Jane (Version 1)
11. Pale Blue Eyes (Version 1)
12. After Hours (Version 1)

Disc Two:

1. I'm Waiting For The Man (Version 2)
2. Venus In Furs (Version 2)
3. I Can't Stand It (Version 1)
4. There She Goes Again (Version 2)
5. Some Kinda Love (Version 2)
6. Over You (Version 2)
7. After Hours (Version 2)
8. We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 2)
9. Sweet Bonnie Brown/Too Much 
10. Heroin (Version 2)
11. White Light/White Heat (Version 1)
12. I'm Set Free
 
Disc Three:

1. We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 3)
2. Some Kinda Love (Version 3)
3. There She Goes Again (Version 3)
4. Heroin (Version 3)
5. Ocean
6. Sister Ray
 
Disc Four:

1. I'm Waiting For The Man (Version 3)
2. What Goes On (Version 2)
3. Some Kinda Love (Version 4)
4. We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 4)
5. Beginning To See The Light
6. Lisa Says
7. New Age
8. Rock and Roll
9. I Can't Stand It (Version 2)
10. Heroin (Version 4)
11. White Light/White Heat (Version 2)
12. Sweet Jane (Version 2)
 
 

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