Peel Slowly and See

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Peel Slowly and See
Box set by
ReleasedSeptember 26, 1995 (1995-09-26)
RecordedJuly 1965 – August 23, 1970
GenreRock, proto-punk
ProducerGeoff Haslam, Shel Kagan, The Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol, Tom Wilson
The Velvet Underground chronology
Peel Slowly and See
Final V.U. 1971-1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[2]
Rolling Stone[3]

Peel Slowly and See is a five-disc box set of material by the Velvet Underground. It was released in September 1995 by Polydor.


The name of this box set comes from the instruction presented on vinyl copies of the band's debut album to peel back the banana sticker featured on the cover. The set includes all four studio albums by the Lou Reed-era line-ups of the Velvet Underground, alongside demo recordings and live performances, some of which had been previously bootlegged, and some of which had never before been released. Squeeze, recorded after Reed's departure from the band, is not included. The Velvet Underground, the band's self-titled third album, uses the "closet mix", Lou Reed's mix of the album that gives more emphasis to the vocals, and was the mix used on the original release.[4] The band's fourth album, Loaded, is presented with "full-length versions" of three of its tracks, "Sweet Jane", "Rock & Roll" and "New Age".

Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke wrote extensive liner notes in an accompanying booklet, which also pictured many items of Velvet Underground memorabilia from the collection of guitarist Sterling Morrison.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Lou Reed except as noted.

All tracks performed by the Velvet Underground except † by the Velvet Underground & Nico; and ‡ by Nico.

With the exception of "Prominent Men", the tracks on Disc One feature multiple takes of each song.

Disc one (All tracks previously unreleased)
1."Venus in Furs" (demo) 15:33
2."Prominent Men" (demo)Reed, Cale4:53
3."Heroin" (demo) 13:34
4."I'm Waiting for the Man" (demo) 9:50
5."Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" (demo) 15:50
6."All Tomorrow's Parties" (demo) 18:26
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1."All Tomorrow's Parties" (single version†) Single A-side2:49
2."Sunday Morning†"Reed, CaleThe Velvet Underground & Nico2:54
3."I'm Waiting for the Man" The Velvet Underground & Nico4:38
4."Femme Fatale†" The Velvet Underground & Nico2:37
5."Venus in Furs" The Velvet Underground & Nico5:10
6."Run Run Run" The Velvet Underground & Nico4:19
7."All Tomorrow's Parties†" The Velvet Underground & Nico5:58
8."Heroin" The Velvet Underground & Nico7:10
9."There She Goes Again" The Velvet Underground & Nico2:39
10."I'll Be Your Mirror†" The Velvet Underground & Nico2:12
11."The Black Angel's Death Song"Reed, CaleThe Velvet Underground & Nico3:12
12."European Son"Reed, Cale, Morrison, TuckerThe Velvet Underground & Nico7:47
13."Melody Laughter" (live edit†)Reed, Cale, Morrison, Tucker, PäffgenPreviously unreleased10:43
14."It Was a Pleasure Then‡"Reed, Cale, PäffgenChelsea Girl8:02
15."Chelsea Girls‡"Reed, MorrisonChelsea Girl7:24
Disc three
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1."There is No Reason" (demo)Reed, CalePreviously unreleased2:12
2."Sheltered Life" (demo) Previously unreleased2:52
3."It's All Right (The Way That You Live)" (demo)Reed, CalePreviously unreleased2:48
4."I'm Not Too Sorry (Now That You're Gone)" (demo)Reed, CalePreviously unreleased2:17
5."Here She Comes Now" (demo)Reed, Cale, MorrisonPreviously unreleased2:46
6."Guess I'm Falling in Love" (live)Reed, Cale, Morrison, TuckerPreviously unreleased4:10
7."Booker T." (live)Reed, Cale, Morrison, TuckerPreviously unreleased6:30
8."White Light/White Heat" White Light/White Heat2:45
9."The Gift"Reed, Morrison, Cale, TuckerWhite Light/White Heat8:17
10."Lady Godiva's Operation" White Light/White Heat4:54
11."Here She Comes Now"Reed, Cale, MorrisonWhite Light/White Heat2:02
12."I Heard Her Call My Name" White Light/White Heat4:46
13."Sister Ray"Reed, Cale, Morrison, TuckerWhite Light/White Heat17:27
14."Stephanie Says" VU2:49
15."Temptation Inside Your Heart" VU2:30
16."Hey Mr. Rain" (version one)Reed, Cale, Morrison, TuckerAnother View4:40
Disc four
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1."What Goes On" (live) Previously unreleased5:34
2."Candy Says" The Velvet Underground "Closet Mix"4:04
3."What Goes On" The Velvet Underground "Closet Mix"4:35
4."Some Kinda Love" The Velvet Underground "Closet Mix"3:39
5."Pale Blue Eyes" The Velvet Underground "Closet Mix"5:42
6."Jesus" The Velvet Underground "Closet Mix"3:24
7."Beginning to See the Light" The Velvet Underground "Closet Mix"4:47
8."I'm Set Free" The Velvet Underground "Closet Mix"4:04
9."That's the Story of My Life" The Velvet Underground "Closet Mix"2:02
10."The Murder Mystery" The Velvet Underground "Closet Mix"8:55
11."After Hours" The Velvet Underground "Closet Mix"2:09
12."Foggy Notion"Reed, Morrison, Yule, Tucker, WeissVU6:47
13."I Can't Stand It" VU3:22
14."I'm Sticking with You" VU2:28
15."One of These Days" VU4:00
16."Lisa Says" VU2:57
17."It's Just Too Much" (live) Previously unreleased2:59
18."Countess from Hong Kong" (demo)Reed, CalePreviously unreleased3:17
Disc five
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1."Who Loves the Sun" Loaded2:45
2."Sweet Jane" (full-length version) Loaded4:06
3."Rock & Roll (full-length version)" Loaded4:43
4."Cool It Down" Loaded3:04
5."New Age" (long version) Loaded5:07
6."Head Held High" Loaded2:56
7."Lonesome Cowboy Bill" Loaded2:43
8."I Found a Reason" Loaded4:15
9."Train Round the Bend" Loaded3:21
10."Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" Loaded7:25
11."Satellite of Love" Previously unreleased2:58
12."Walk and Talk" Previously unreleased2:23
13."Oh Gin" Previously unreleased2:44
14."Sad Song" Previously unreleased3:30
15."Ocean" Previously unreleased5:43
16."Ride into the Sun"Reed, Cale, Morrison, TuckerPreviously unreleased3:20
17."Some Kinda Love" (live) Previously unreleased10:22
18."I'll Be Your Mirror" (live) Live at Max's Kansas City2:06
19."I Love You" Previously unreleased2:03


The Velvet Underground
Additional musicians
  • Nico – lead vocal on "All Tomorrow's Parties" (both single and LP versions), "Femme Fatale", "I'll Be Your Mirror", "Melody Laughter", "It Was a Pleasure Then" and "Chelsea Girls"; backing vocals on "Sunday Morning"
  • Adrian Barber – drums on "Who Loves the Sun" and "I Found a Reason"
  • Tommy Castanaro – drums on "Cool It Down" and "Head Held High"
  • Billy Yule – drums on "Lonesome Cowboy Bill", "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'", "Ocean", "Some Kinda Love" (live) and "I'll Be Your Mirror" (live).

Boxset Design-Spencer Drate, Judith Salavetz, Sylvia Reed, Smayvision

Technical staff
  • The Velvet Underground – producers (disc 1; disc 3: 1–7, 14–16, disc 4, disc 5: 17–18)
  • Andy Warhol – producer (disc 2: 1–12)
  • The Velvet Underground & Nico – producers (disc 2: 13)
  • Tom Wilson – producer (disc 2: 14–15, disc 3: 8–13)
  • Geoff Haslam, Shel Kagan and The Velvet Underground – producers (disc 5: 1–10, 15–16)
  • Adrian Barber – producer (disc 5: 11–14, 19)
  • Brigid Polk – engineer (disc 5: 17–18)


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Jeremy Reed (13 Oct 2014). The Life and Music of Lou Reed. Music Sales Limited. p. 58. ISBN 9781783231898.