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Velvet Underground Live Recordings from 1969 Available on Four-CD Set

The Velvet Underground - The Complete Matrix Tapes SetTwo of the 18 shows The Velvet Underground played in San Francisco in late November/early December 1969 have been captured on The Velvet Underground — The Complete Matrix Tapes.

The band played a couple of venues during their San Francisco stint, most notably, The Matrix club. The Complete Matrix Tapes is compiled from four-track recordings made at the club on Nov. 26 and 27, 1969. Bassist Doug Yule was a fairly new member of the band for these shows, and on the set he can be heard playing “The Black Angel’s Death Song” for the first time. Other highlights from the four CD set include a 40-minute version of “Sister Ray” and early versions of the classic, “Sweet Jane.”

Check out this version of “White Light/White Heat”:

The Complete Matrix Tapes is available on CD and as a digital download (iTunes and Amazon MP3).

The Complete Matrix Tapes Track List:

Disc 1:

  1. I’m Waiting For The Man (Version 1)
  2. What Goes On (Version 1)
  3. Some Kinda Love (Version 1)
  4. Heroin (Version 1)
  5. The Black Angel’s Death Song
  6. Venus In Furs (Version 1)
  7. There She Goes Again (Version 1)
  8. We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 1)
  9. Over You (Version 1)
  10. Sweet Jane (Version 1)
  11. Pale Blue Eyes
  12. After Hours (Version 1)

Disc 2:

  1. I’m Waiting For The Man (Version 2)
  2. Venus In Furs (Version 2)
  3. I Can’t Stand It (Version 1)
  4. There She Goes Again (Version 2)
  5. Some Kinda Love (Version 2)
  6. Over You (Version 2)
  7. After Hours (Version 2)
  8. We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 2)
  9. Sweet Bonnie Brown/Too Much
  10. Heroin (Version 2)
  11. White Light/White Heat (Version 1)
  12. I’m Set Free

Disc 3:

  1. We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 3)
  2. Some Kinda Love (Version 3)
  3. There She Goes Again (Version 3)
  4. Heroin (Version 3)
  5. Ocean
  6. Sister Ray

Disc 4:

  1. I’m Waiting For The Man (Version 3)
  2. What Goes On (Version 2)
  3. Some Kinda Love (Version 4)
  4. We re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 4)
  5. Beginning To See The Light
  6. Lisa Says
  7. New Age
  8. Rock And Roll
  9. I Can’t Stand It (Version 2)
  10. Heroin (Version 4)
  11. White Light /White Heat (Version 2)
  12. Sweet Jane (Version 2)