Velvet Underground and Nico
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Velvet Underground and Nico by The Velvet Underground ranked # 13 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums list.
The Velvet Underground and Nico is sometimes referred to as the "banana album" as it features a Warhol print of a banana on the cover. Early copies of the album invited the owner to "Peel slowly and see"; peeling back the skin revealed a flesh-colored banana underneath. Persistent rumours that the sticker was impregnated with LSD were untrue. The 2002 Deluxe 2CD re-issue of the album once again features a peelable banana.
As well as the band (which at this time consisted of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen "Moe" Tucker), the record features Nico on four tracks ("Sunday Morning", "Femme Fatale", "All Tomorrow's Parties" and "I'll Be Your Mirror"). She was added on the instigation of their mentor, Andy Warhol.
The bulk of the songs that would become The Velvet Underground and Nico were recorded in a two-day stint in a decrepit New York City recording studio, Scepter Studios, in April of 1966. The recording session was financed by Warhol and Columbia Records sales executive Norman Dolph, with the intention of selling the finished product to a willing record company.
The album is acclaimed as one of the albums that have been considered the greatest ever. In 1998 Q magazine readers voted The Velvet Underground and Nico the 71st greatest album of all time; in 2003 the TV network VH1 placed it at number 19. Rolling Stone placed it at number 13 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Albums" list.
- Sunday Morning
- I'm Waiting For The Man
- Femme Fatale
- Venus In Furs
- Run Run Run
- All Tomorrow's Parties
- There She Goes Again
- I'll Be Your Mirror
- The Black Angel's Death Song
- European Son
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