Classic Velvet Underground Album Due Soon

Loaded (Fully Loaded Edition) will include a complete alternate version of one of the greatest rock albums of all time.

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

and See.

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."