Published Oct 01, 2013Last year, the Velvet Underground's debut album, 1967's The Velvet Underground & Nico, received a deluxe reissue for its 45th anniversary. In time for the holidays, their sophomore album White Light/White Heat is now set to receive similar treatment. It's due out on December 3 via Universal.
The so-called White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition isn't quite as lavish as the one for The Velvet Underground & Nico, since it consists of three discs rather than six. It was curated by the band's own Lou Reed and John Cale, and includes the remastered album in both mono and stereo.
The bonus material consists of alternate versions and new mixes, plus tracks recorded during Cale's final session with the group. There's also a previously unheard live set recorded in New York on April 30, 1967, in addition to new liner notes.
Reed said in a statement [via Rolling Stone], "No one listened to it. But there it is, forever — the quintessence of articulate punk. And no one goes near it."