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1969 — The Velvet Underground Live

Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, May 1974

THE LAST YEAR has seen sufficient scholarly exegeses on the subject of Lou Reed to see us through the decade; and the release of 1969, two records of live Velvet Underground performances from that year, will certainly spawn countless others. I don't intend, however, to analyze any lurid Lou Reed lyrics with regard to their cosmodynamic deco-significance in light of his post-Bowie Berlin Transformation; the exciting thing about 1969 for me is its once-and-for-all demonstration that the Velvet Underground was a truly great rock 'n' roll band.

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