The Velvet Underground’s self-titled third LP is getting a “super deluxe” reissue for its 45th anniversary, and part of the bonus material is an entire unreleased album the band recorded in 1969 to get out of their contract with MGM. As Pitchfork reports, much of the material later ended up on VU swan song Loaded and Lou Reed’s Transformer. The box set contains 65 tracks over six CDs in total. Two of the other discs are a stereo remaster by MGM house engineer Luis Pastor “Val” Valentin and the so-called “Closet Mix,” described by Reed as recordings that “get directly to somebody, unfiltered… it’s like sitting across from you.” Disc 3 is a “promotional mono mix,” disc 4 is the lost album, and discs 5 and 6 are live recordings from VU’s shows at The Matrix in San Francisco on November 26 and 27, 1969.
The “super deluxe” reissue is out 11/24 on Polydor.