The Best of The Velvet Underground: The Millennium Collection
- There are Velvet Underground compilation albums with similar titles: The Best of The Velvet Underground: Words and Music of Lou Reed (1989) and The Very Best of The Velvet Underground (2003).
|The Best of The Velvet Underground: The Millennium Collection|
|Greatest hits album by|
|Recorded||1966–1969, New York City, Hollywood and San Francisco, United States|
|Producer||Andy Warhol, Tom Wilson, The Velvet Underground|
|The Velvet Underground chronology|
|Classic Velvet Underground|
Classic Velvet Underground, European release
The Best of The Velvet Underground: The Millennium Collection is a compilation album by The Velvet Underground. It was initially released for the North American market by Polydor in October 2000 as part of their "20th Century Masters" series of budget compilations celebrating the turn of the century. The album was subsequently released with varying titles and covers in Europe.
About the album
The Best of The Velvet Underground: The Millennium Collection is a straight, chronologically-sequenced trawl through the studio and live albums that the band recorded for Verve Records, MGM Records and Mercury Records (now all under the Universal Music Group umbrella). The record's budget scope did not allow for inclusion of Atlantic Records-owned Loaded tracks, so Polydor, the UMG label that oversees the reissuing of Velvet Underground back catalogue material, resorted to their usual tactic of including live substitutions of "Sweet Jane" and "Rock and Roll".
The album includes Velvet Underground signature tune "Sister Ray"; however, its sheer length of 17:22 meant that other possibly equally valid selections could not make the cut. Additionally, the compilation disregards contributions Nico made to the band's debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico.
The Best of The Velvet Underground: The Millennium Collection was initially released in the United States and subsequently in the same configuration for the European market. In the United Kingdom, the album was quickly superseded by another budget compilation, Rock and Roll: an Introduction to The Velvet Underground, which had its own selection of tracks.
A number of other European countries (re-)released The Best of The Velvet Underground: The Millennium Collection with different titles and cover art, yet always with the same track listing. These include Classic Velvet Underground (Polydor/UMG's European edition of the album, in the Universal Masters Collection series), Millennium Edition (Germany), and Velvet Underground (France). Both the American and European editions were simultaneously released for the European market, differing only in cover art (and catalogue number).
- "I'm Waiting for the Man" – 4:38
- "Run Run Run" – 4:20
- "Heroin" – 7:10
- "White Light/White Heat" – 2:44
- "Sister Ray" – 17:22
- "Beginning to See the Light" – 4:38
- "What Goes On" – 4:52
- "Pale Blue Eyes" – 4:38
- "I Can't Stand It" – 3:21
- "Sweet Jane" (live) – 3:58
- "Rock and Roll" (live) – 6:02
Tracks 1–3 taken from The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
Tracks 4-5 taken from White Light/White Heat (1968)
Tracks 6-8 taken from The Velvet Underground (1969)
Track 9 taken from VU (1985, recorded May 1969)
Tracks 10–11 taken from 1969: The Velvet Underground Live (1974, recorded October 1969)
- The Velvet Underground
- Lou Reed – vocals, guitar, piano on "White Light/White Heat"
- Sterling Morrison – guitar, backing vocals
- Maureen Tucker – percussion
- John Cale – viola, bass guitar, backing vocals, organ on "Sister Ray" (1–5)
- Doug Yule – bass guitar, backing vocals, organ on "What Goes On" (6–11)
- Technical staff
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. The Best of The Velvet Underground: The Millennium Collection at AllMusic
- Discogs - Classic Velvet Underground - 2000 compilation CD, Polydor (549 318-2) Europe
- Discogs - Velvet Underground - 2001 compilation reMastered CD, Les talents du siècle, Universal (549 318-2) France