Gold (The Velvet Underground album)

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Gold
Greatest hits album by The Velvet Underground
Released June 14, 2005 (2005-06-14)
Recorded 1966–1969
Genre Rock
Language English
Label Polydor
Producer Andy Warhol, Tom Wilson, The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground chronology
Squeeze
(1973)
Gold
(2005)
The Velvet Underground Story
The Velvet Underground Story, European re-issue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (9.3/10) [2]

Gold is a two-CD compilation album by The Velvet Underground. It was released for the North American market on June 14, 2005, by Polydor, the record label that oversees the band's Universal Music Group back catalogue.

The album is a greatest-hits compilation, drawing from the band's first three albums, two outtake compilations and a live album on Polydor Records and several co-owned labels (Verve, MGM and Mercury).

Gold also includes two Nico solo tracks, co-written and played by Velvet Underground members Lou Reed, John Cale and Sterling Morrison, taken from her 1967 debut album for Polydor, Chelsea Girl. Two songs from the VU outtake compilation—"Temptation Inside Your Heart" and "Stephanie Says"—are included in their previously unavailable original 1968 mixes. (The latter even includes some different instrumental and vocal parts.)

On May 29, 2006, the album was re-issued in Europe as The Velvet Underground Story with different artwork but featuring the same track listing.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks performed by the Velvet Underground except † performed by the Velvet Underground & Nico and ‡ performed by Nico. All titles written by Lou Reed except as noted.

Disc one
  1. "I'm Waiting for the Man"
  2. "Femme Fatale"†
  3. "Venus in Furs"
  4. "Run Run Run"
  5. "All Tomorrow's Parties"†
  6. "Heroin"
  7. "There She Goes Again"
  8. "I'll Be Your Mirror"†
  9. "Sunday Morning" (Reed, Cale)†
  10. "Chelsea Girls" (Reed, Morrison)‡
  11. "It Was a Pleasure Then" (Reed, Cale, Päffgen)‡
  12. "White Light/White Heat"
  13. "I Heard Her Call My Name"
  14. "Sister Ray" (Reed, Cale, Morrison, Tucker)

(1–9) taken from The Velvet Underground & Nico; (10–11) taken from Chelsea Girl; (12–14) taken from White Light/White Heat.

Disc two
  1. "Temptation Inside Your Heart" (alternate, original mix)
  2. "Stephanie Says" (alternate, original mix)
  3. "Hey Mr. Rain" (version one) (Reed, Cale, Morrison, Tucker)
  4. "Candy Says"
  5. "What Goes On"
  6. "Some Kinda Love"
  7. "Pale Blue Eyes"
  8. "Beginning to See the Light"
  9. "Foggy Notion" (Reed, Morrison, Yule, Tucker, Weiss)
  10. "I Can't Stand It"
  11. "One of These Days"
  12. "Lisa Says"
  13. "New Age" (live)
  14. "Rock and Roll" (live)
  15. "Ocean" (live)
  16. "Sweet Jane" (live)

(1–2) first appearance, regular mixes available on VU; (3) taken from Another View; (4–8) taken from The Velvet Underground; (9–12) taken from VU; (13–16) taken from 1969: The Velvet Underground Live.

Personnel[edit]

The Velvet Underground
Additional musicians
  • Nico – lead vocals on "Femme Fatale", "All Tomorrow's Parties", "I'll Be Your Mirror", "Chelsea Girls" and "It Was a Pleasure Then", backing vocals on "Sunday Morning"
Technical staff

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