What Goes On (album)

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What Goes On
Box set by The Velvet Underground
Released 1993 (1993)
Recorded 1966–1970, United States
Genre Rock
Language English
Label Raven
Producer Various
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Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

What Goes On is a box set by The Velvet Underground. It was originally released in 1993 by Australian record company Raven Records.

Recording and collection[edit]

After The Velvet Underground's back catalogue had been re-issued, thanks to their rising popularity among the new wave community, on vinyl and compact disc during the 1980s, the next logical steps were to issue a best-of album and a box set. Verve Records released The Best of The Velvet Underground: Words and Music of Lou Reed (1989) and the latter by compiling a box set simply called The Velvet Underground (1986). This box set came with an entire album's worth of unreleased material but quickly became inessential when that bonus album was issued separately later that same year as Another View.

The independent record company Raven Records requested and received permission from both Polygram and Atlantic Records to compile their own box set for the Australian market. Compiler Dominic Molumby took a documentary-like approach to the project, interspersing original album cuts with rarities and spoken word intermezzos. Because of the many rarities, the box set was a favourite on import of the Velvet Underground fan community.

Although largely superseded by 1995's Polydor box set, Peel Slowly and See, What Goes On still houses tracks unique to this set (the documentary bits, the acetate version of "Ride into the Sun" and two 1969 live tracks, "After Hours" and "I'm Sticking with You").

Track listing[edit]

Tracks prefixed with * are spoken-word "documentary" bits. All musical tracks written by Lou Reed except as noted.

Disc one
  1. *"Andy Warhol Presents"
  2. "Melody Laughter" (live fragment) (Reed, Cale, Morrison, Tucker, Päffgen)
  3. "Heroin" (mono mix)
  4. "I'm Waiting for the Man" (mono mix)
  5. "Sunday Morning" (mono mix) (Reed, Cale)
  6. "I'll Be Your Mirror" (mono mix)
  7. "Run Run Run" (mono mix)
  8. "All Tomorrow's Parties" (mono mix)
  9. "Venus in Furs" (mono mix)
  10. "Femme Fatale" (mono mix)
  11. "It Was a Pleasure Then" (Reed, Cale, Päffgen)
  12. *"From the Music Factory"
  13. "White Light/White Heat"
  14. "Lady Godiva's Operation"
  15. "I Heard Her Call My Name"
  16. *"Untitled (Index)"
  17. *"EPI Ad"

(3–10) taken from The Velvet Underground & Nico; (11) taken from Chelsea Girl; (13–15) taken from White Light/White Heat.

Disc two
  1. "Sister Ray" (Reed, Cale, Morrison, Tucker)
  2. "Here She Comes Now" (Reed, Cale, Morrison)
  3. "Guess I'm Falling in Love" (instrumental version) (Reed, Cale, Morrison, Tucker)
  4. "Stephanie Says"
  5. "Hey Mr Rain" (version two) (Reed, Cale, Morrison, Tucker)
  6. "Candy Says"
  7. "Some Kinda Love"
  8. "Pale Blue Eyes"
  9. "Beginning to See the Light"
  10. "I'm Set Free"
  11. "The Murder Mystery"
  12. "Foggy Notion" (Reed, Morrison, Yule, Tucker, Weiss)
  13. "I Can't Stand It"
  14. *"Radio Ad"

(1–2) taken from White Light/White Heat; (3, 5) taken from Another View; (4, 12–13) taken from VU; (6–11) taken from The Velvet Underground.

Disc three
  1. "Ocean"
  2. "One of These Days"
  3. *"Introductions"
  4. "It's Just Too Much" (live)
  5. "Sweet Jane" (live)
  6. "New Age" (live)
  7. "Over You" (live)
  8. "What Goes On" (live)
  9. "After Hours" (live)
  10. "I'm Sticking with You" (live)
  11. "Train Round the Bend"
  12. "Head Held High"
  13. "Who Loves the Sun"
  14. "Rock and Roll"
  15. "Ride into the Sun" (acetate transfer) (Reed, Cale, Morrison, Tucker)
  16. "After Hours" (live)
  17. *"No More Reunions"
  18. *"Thanks, Andy Warhol"
  19. *"I Love The Velvet Underground"

(1–2) taken from VU; (4, 9–10, 15) first appearance; (5–8) taken from 1969: The Velvet Underground Live; (11–14) taken from Loaded; (16) taken from Live at Max's Kansas City.


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