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VU by The Velvet Underground
Released: May 1987
Label: Universal Motown Records Group
While the Velvet Underground met with widespread commercial indifference during their lifetime, their reputation kept growing in stature as everyone from Television to R.E.M. to Orange Juice cited them as a major artistic influence. So, in 1985, the tracks from the band's final (unreleased) MGM album were dusted off and targeted to alternative rock fans. The plan worked and VU actually sold more than any of the band's original releases did the first time around. Filled with amazing songs (many of which would show up on Lou Reed's solo albums in different forms), VU is highlighted by "Foggy Notion," "I Can't Stand It Anymore" and two "[Girl] Says" cuts.
Nick Dedina
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