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Velvet Underground's 'Loaded' in 45th-anniversary set

Velvet Underground's 'Loaded' in 45th-anniversary set

Velvet Underground, "Loaded: Re-loaded 45th Anniversary Edition" (Rhino/Warner Music). The fourth album by the Velvet Underground is the most polarizing of the lot and far removed from the classic grit of "Venus in Furs," the mesmerizing freakout "Sister Ray" or any of vocalist Nico's delicately morose ballads. Recorded after both she and founding member-bassist-violaist John Cale had split from singer-guitarist Lou Reed, drummer Moe Tucker and guitarist Sterling Morrison, "Loaded" has more in common with the Grateful Dead's melodic folk-guitar songs than with Andy Warhol-sponsored abrasiveness. There's energy in propellant tracks...

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