At number 13 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest albums is “The Velvet Underground” by The Velvet Underground and Nico.
I am not that familiar with this album, I do not own it but decided to listen to it through one of the online streaming services. I have one Velvet Underground album, “White Light, White Heat”, the second of their five studio albums. Although I had not heard this album before, I was familiar with two of the songs on it, “I’m Waiting for the Man” and “Heroin”. Both songs I like a lot.
I am, however, a fan of Lou Reed, owning several of his solo albums including his most famous, “Transformer” and “Berlin”. It is clear from what Rolling Stone Magazine says about this album that they consider it to have been hugely influential on later music. As we are now deep in the top 20 of this list that will become an increasingly common feature of the albums – they are rated highly not because of their popularity in copies sold, but rather because of the influence they have had on the music of the time and the music that followed them.
Here is the song “Heroin” from the album.
Does anyone who is familiar with this album agree with the statement that this albums is “the most prophetic rock album ever made”? What is your favourite Velvet Underground song?