The Velvet Underground – “I’m Waiting For The Man” (Live At The Matrix) (Stereogum Premiere)

Among the goodies in the massive 45th anniversary reissue of the Velvet Underground’s self-titled LP are two discs of live material recorded at San Francisco club the Matrix in November 1969. Although the Matrix material has been available since the 1974 release of double-LP 1969: The Velvet Underground Live, the new reissue presents a fresh mix that cuts through the original release’s garbled static. It’s a marked improvement; for an example, check out the punched-up version of set opener “I’m Waiting For The Man” below.

The Velvet Underground reissue is out 11/24 on Universal. Pre-order it in Standard, Deluxe, and Super Deluxe formats. The Matrix material is only included in the Super Deluxe edition, which looks like this: