The Velvet Underground released their fourth studio album, Loaded, in November of 1970. It marked a defining moment in the band's history as it was the last studio LP to feature Lou Reed as a member of The Velvet Underground. He left the band before its official release.
On October 30, 2015, a box set titled Loaded: Re-Loaded 45th Anniversary Edition will be released, containing a 5 CD / 1 DVD collection of demos, early versions, and alternate mixes from that band's era. It will also have a remastered and re-edited version of Live At Max's Kansas City along with the Loaded album remastered in both stereo and mono. Above, you can listen to a mono mix of "Rock & Roll."
This mono version follows the same uptempo energy and rock attitude as the one found on the well-known stereo album, but there are significant differences. There is a noticeable difference in brightness and clearness in this version. Doug Yule's bass is thicker, and Reed's vocals sound sharper. The mono version is also 1 minute 40 seconds shorter, missing the guitar freakout section halfway through the track and the repeated first verse that leads into the climactic finale.
In late 2014, The Velvet Underground also released a 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of their self-titled third album. Stream it and read our review here on Zumic.
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