The Best of The Velvet Underground: Words and Music of Lou Reed

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There are Velvet Underground compilation albums with similar titles: The Best of The Velvet Underground: The Millennium Collection (2000) and The Very Best of The Velvet Underground (2003).
The Best of The Velvet Underground: Words and Music of Lou Reed
Greatest hits album by The Velvet Underground
Released October 1989 (1989-10)
Recorded 1966–1970, New York City and Hollywood, United States
Genre Rock
Language English
Label Verve
Producer Various
The Velvet Underground chronology
Squeeze
(1973)
The Best of The Velvet Underground: Words and Music of Lou Reed
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

The Best of The Velvet Underground: Words and Music of Lou Reed is a compilation album by The Velvet Underground. It was released in October 1989 by Verve Records.

The Best of The Velvet Underground concludes the mid-1980s re-issue series by Verve Records of their Velvet Underground material (the first three albums plus VU and Another View).

The record tried to capitalise on the new public awareness of Lou Reed,[citation needed] who had issued his critically acclaimed comeback album New York the previous year. Accordingly, the record contains only songs written by Reed alone.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks were written by Lou Reed.

Side one
  1. "I'm Waiting for the Man"
  2. "Femme Fatale"
  3. "Run Run Run"
  4. "Heroin"
  5. "All Tomorrow's Parties"
  6. "I'll Be Your Mirror"
  7. "White Light/White Heat"
  8. "Stephanie Says"

(1–6) taken from The Velvet Underground & Nico; (7) taken from White Light/White Heat; (8) taken from VU.

Side two
  1. "What Goes On"
  2. "Beginning to See the Light"
  3. "Pale Blue Eyes"
  4. "I Can't Stand It"
  5. "Lisa Says"
  6. "Sweet Jane"
  7. "Rock and Roll"

(1–3) taken from The Velvet Underground; (4–5) taken from VU; (6–7) taken from Loaded.

Personnel[edit]

The Velvet Underground
Additional musicians
  • Nico – vocals on "Femme Fatale", "I'll Be Your Mirror" and "All Tomorrow's Parties"
  • Adrian Barber – drums on "Sweet Jane"
Technical staff

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