The Velvet Underground, the influential 70s rock band, is reissuing its album Loaded, which will be available on October 30th in celebration of the album’s 45th anniversary. From jamming in Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory to inspiring the formation of experimental rock bands worldwide, such as German rock band known as Can, The Velvet Underground is now considered an invaluable relic of the era.
Billboard Magazine wrote an article about the band’s influence in memory of its recently deceased lead member, Lou Reed, jokingly titled “What If Everyone Who Bought The First Velvet Underground Album Did Start A Band?” Strangely enough, the band was not popular in its beginning stages. Billboard states:
According to Nielsen SoundScan, which tracks sales since 1991, ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ sold 560,000 copies – well above the thousands or tens of thousands they sold in their time.
The album will be released in a six-disc set that will include a remastered album in stereo and mono, a miscellaneous collection of mixes, a remastered version of Live at Max’s Kansas City LP, audio recordings of three separate album mixes, and an unreleased live set from a 1970 concert in Philadelphia. Surely, the robust selection of album variations ensures fans will get their fill. For the track listing of each disc, visit Glide Magazine’s website.