The Velvet Underground discography

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The Velvet Underground discography
Releases
Studio albums 5
Live albums 5
Compilation albums 13
Singles 7
Box sets 2
For individual discographies, see articles for Lou Reed and John Cale, and main entries on Maureen Tucker and Doug Yule.

The discography of the American rock band The Velvet Underground consists of five studio albums, five live albums, thirteen compilation albums, two box sets and seven singles.

The first line-up was formed in New York City consisting of Lou Reed on vocals and guitar, John Cale on several instruments, Sterling Morrison on guitar and Angus MacLise on percussion (later replaced by Maureen Tucker). On March 12, 1967 they released the debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico featuring German singer Nico. The album charted in the United States and originally peaked at number 171 on the Billboard album charts and produced two singles, "All Tomorrow's Parties" and "Sunday Morning", which did not chart anywhere. The album, produced by artist Andy Warhol,[1] recharted in 2013 peaking at number 129.

VU released their second studio album White Light/White Heat, which peaked at number 199 of the Billboard charts. The album was more experimental than their first album, featuring a loud and aggressive musical style. The album was produced without Warhol and Nico for the first time.[2] On March 1969 they released the third studio album The Velvet Underground. It did not chart upon its original release. However, when reissued in 1985 it peaked at number 197 in the Billboard chart.[3] One year later, Loaded was released by Atlantic Records, the first time by a major label. Compared with VU first releases, Loaded was produced for the mainstream, without thematize sex and drugs. Although the songs were successful and popular in several music radios, neither singles, nor the album itself peaked in any music chart.[4] It was the last album featuring Lou Reed, the founder of VU. After his departure, Doug Yule became the new frontman of The Velvet Underground and released together with Willie Alexander (keyboard), Walter Powers (bass guitar) and Maureen Tucker (drums) their fifth and last album, Squeeze.[5] After their break-off, several compilation albums were released, some of which feature outtakes from their previous studio sessions, most notably VU, which peaked at number 85 on Billboard and 47 on the UK Albums Chart.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[6]
AUS
[7]
AUT
[8]
CAN
[9]
FRA
[10]
DE
[11]
NLD
[12]
NZ
[13]
NOR
[14]
UK
[15]
1967 The Velvet Underground & Nico 129[A] 59 UK: Platinum [16]
1968 White Light/White Heat
  • Released: January 30, 1968
  • Label: Verve
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
199
1969 The Velvet Underground
  • Released: March 1969
  • Label: Verve
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
197[B]
1970 Loaded
  • Released: September 1970
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
202[C]
1973 Squeeze
  • Released: February 1973
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Notes

  • A^ Upon its release in 1967 the album peaked at 171. Shortly after the death of Lou Reed in 2013 it recharted for one week and peaked at 129.
  • B^ The album did not chart in its original release in 1969, but did chart on its reissue in 1985 when it peaked at 197.
  • C^ The album appeared on Billboard's Bubbling Under the Top LPs chart for the week of Jan. 30, 1971.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[6]
AUS
[7]
AUT
[8]
CAN
[9]
FRA
[10]
DE
[11]
NLD
[12]
NZ
[13]
NOR
[14]
UK
[15]
1972 Live at Max's Kansas City
  • Released: May 30, 1972
  • Label: Cotillion
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
1974 1969: The Velvet Underground Live
  • Released: September 1974
  • Label: Mercury
  • Format: CD, LP
31
1993 Live MCMXCIII
  • Released: November 26, 1993
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, CS
180 70
2001 Final V.U. 1971–1973
  • Released: August 2001
  • Label: Captain Trip
  • Format: CD
The Quine Tapes
  • Released: October 16, 2001
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilations[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[6]
AUS
[7]
AUT
[8]
CAN
[9]
FRA
[10]
DE
[11]
NLD
[12]
NZ
[13]
NOR
[14]
UK
[15]
1971 Andy Warhol's Velvet Underground featuring Nico
  • Released: 1971
  • Label: MGM
  • Format: LP
1973 Velvet Underground
  • Released: 1973
  • Label: MGM GAS-131[17]
  • Format: LP
1985 VU
  • Released: February 1985
  • Label: Verve
  • Format: CD, LP
85 16 47
1986 Another View
  • Released: September 1986
  • Label: Verve
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
1989 The Best of The Velvet Underground: Words and Music of Lou Reed
  • Released: October 1989
  • Label: Verve
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
UK: Silver
1991 Chronicles
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Mercury
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
1995 The Best of Lou Reed & The Velvet Underground
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Global Rad
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
56 UK: Silver
1997 Fully Loaded
  • Released: February 18, 1997
  • Label: Rhino
  • Format: CD
2000 The Best of The Velvet Underground: The Millennium Collection
  • Released: October 2000
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD
2001 Rock and Roll: an Introduction to The Velvet Underground
  • Released: July 2, 2001
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD
2002 The Velvet Underground & Nico (Deluxe Edition)
  • Released: June 25, 2002
  • Label: Verve
  • Format: CD, LP
40[A] 59[A]
2003 The Very Best of the Velvet Underground
  • Released: March 31, 2003
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD
2005 Gold
  • Released: June 14, 2005
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD
2008 Playlist Plus
  • Released: April 29, 2008
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.
  • A ^ 2002 reissue

Box sets[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[6]
AUS
[7]
AUT
[8]
CAN
[9]
FRA
[10]
DE
[11]
NLD
[12]
NZ
[13]
NOR
[14]
UK
[15]
1993 What Goes On
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Raven
  • Format: CD
1995 Peel Slowly and See
  • Released: September 26, 1995
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD
2012 The Velvet Underground & Nico 45th Anniversary
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD
2013 White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Song
(A-side and B-side)
Album Ref(s)
1966 "All Tomorrow's Parties" (edit) b/w "I'll Be Your Mirror" The Velvet Underground & Nico [18]
"Sunday Morning" b/w "Femme Fatale" [18]
1968 "White Light/White Heat" b/w "Here She Comes Now" White Light/White Heat [18]
"I Heard Her Call My Name" b/w "Here She Comes Now" [18]
1969 "What Goes On" (edit) b/w "Jesus" The Velvet Underground [18]
"The Velvet Underground" (radio ad distributed to radio stations with excerpts from The Velvet Underground) [18]
1971 "Who Loves The Sun" b/w "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" Loaded [18]
"Who Loves The Sun (mono)" b/w "Who Loves The Sun (stereo)" [18]
"Who Loves The Sun" b/w "Sweet Jane" (UK-only release) [18]
1973 "Sweet Jane" b/w "Rock and Roll" (UK-only release) [18]
"I'm Waiting for the Man" b/w "Run Run Run" b/w "Candy Says" (UK-only release) [18]
"I'm Waiting for the Man" b/w "Candy Says" b/w "White Light/White Heat" (NLD-only release) [18]
1985 "Foggy Notion" (edit) b/w "I Can't Stand It" (promo) VU [18]
1988 "I'm Waiting for the Man" b/w "Heroin" (UK-only release) non-album singles [18]
"Venus In Furs" b/w "All Tomorrow Parties" (UK-only release) [18]
1993 "I'm Waiting for the Man" b/w "Pale Blue Eyes" b/w "White Light/White Heat" b/w "Sweet Jane" (UK-only release, promo) [18]
"Venus In Furs" b/w "I'm Waiting For The Man" (FRA-only release) Live MCMXCIII [18]
1994 "Venus in Furs" (live edit) b/w "Sweet Jane" (Live) b/w "Heroin" (Live) b/w "I'm Waiting for the Man" (Live) non-album singles [18]
2009 "We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together" b/w "If You Close The Door (After Hours)" [18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  16. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certified-awards/search.aspx
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