The Velvet Underground, who, over the past quarter century have
gone from being one of the most reviled bands in all of rock to one of the most
revered, get the royal treatment again on Feb. 18. That's the day Rhino Records
will release Loaded (Fully Loaded Edition) a re-vamped, two-disc set of
the band's final studio release with Lou Reed at the helm. This, after the band
got the really royal treatment on the 1995 five-disc set, Peel Slowly
The first CD of the Loaded set features the entire
original Loaded album, including the "hits" "Sweet Jane" and "Rock and
Roll," plus previously unreleased outtakes and alternate mixes of "I'm Sticking
With You," "Rock and Roll" and "Head Held High."
The second disk has over
an hour of bonus music from the Loaded sessions, including an entire
alternate version of the album and early versions of "Sweet Jane," "Cool It
Down," "Head Held High," "Lonesome Cowboy Bill" and "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'." Plus
previously unissued alternate mixes and demos of songs like "Ocean," "Satellite
of Love," "I Love You," "Who Loves the Sun" and "I Found a Reason."