December saw the reissue of The Velvet Underground's landmark album White Light/White Heat. Big news was the inclusion of a rare 1967 song "I'm not a young man anymore" which you can listen to here (along with a tracklist of the new package. If you like the "noisy" Velvets period with John Cale, this was the last stop before the Velvets morphed into a bit more of a softer, but almost as weird rock and roll ensemble. Everything gets reissued to rob record geek cash these days in so-called dee-luxe packages, but at some point you could do far worse than to invest in some of this superior cacophony. You can read music critic David Fricke's "behind the scenes" historical take on the album here.
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