White Light/White Heat [Remaster] by The Velvet Underground

10 ratings (10 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating: Excellent
5 stars
8
4 stars
2
3 stars
2 stars
1 star
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

whooooweeee

Apr 5, 2002
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:musical influences for the ages

Cons:none if you don't appreciate good music culturing.

The Bottom Line: musical influence that is unparalleled.


Once you tame this wild, noisy, amphetamine-fueled, out-of-control beast of an album, it will be your best friend for a lifetime. Few albums are as off-putting on initial hearing; fewer still will reward you more after hundreds of spins. Inexplicably, its chaos, noise, and howling confusion will become comforting. But it takes awhile...

For example, I doubt anyone ever thought they'd play side two (for those who remember vinyl) a second time after weathering the "I Heard Her Call My Name"/"Sister Ray" barrage...but if you can brave Lou Reed's paint-stripping lead guitar and John Cale's shrieking organ a second and then third time, slowly the initial repulsion will turn to compulsion. And the mysteries will unfold...20 or 30 years later, you'll still be trying to figure out "Lady Godiva's Operation" or "Sister Ray"...or at least basking in their glorious noise.

Songwise, it's not the best music the Velvets, Reed, or Cale ever made, but it's probably the most influential--would Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Jesus & Mary Chain, Pavement, My Bloody Valentine, the lo-fi movement, etc., ever have happened without it?

"White Light/White Heat" is the sound of smart, cool, frustrated, and heavily amped (in all senses of the word) people coming apart and making as loud a noise as possible while they still could. And it's timeless because to this day it still irritates and scares people even after we've all been numbed by decades of hardcore, shock rock, and death metal.

Finally--the louder you play it, the clearer it gets. Volume is the key to this swamp creature of an album emerging from the murk...and the creature wants to be your friend despite its initially scary face.


Recommend this product? Yes


Great Music to Play While: Waking up


Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

This Heat - Out Of Cold Storage [remaster] - Cd Boxset

This Heat - Out Of Cold Storage [remaster] - Cd Boxset

Composer: This Heat.This Heat: Charles Bullen (clarinet); Gareth Williams, Charles Hayward (bass instrument).Audio Remasterers: Charles Hayward ; Char...
eBay

$76.51

+$2.99 shipping
The Very Best Of Canned Heat (Remaster)

The Very Best Of Canned Heat (Remaster)

The Very Best Of Canned Heat (Remaster)
Walmart.com

$11.88

+$4.97 shipping
Heat In The Street [remaster] By Pat Travers (cd, Feb-2004, Majestic Rock)

Heat In The Street [remaster] By Pat Travers (cd, Feb-2004, Majestic Rock)

HEAT IN THE STREET is the remastered reissue by blues and hard rock guitarist Pat Travers, including Heat In The Street and Killer's Instinct.
eBay

$13.25

+$2.98 shipping
Boston (Remaster)

Boston (Remaster)

Boston (Remaster)
Walmart.com

$7.00

+$4.97 shipping
Arp - In Light [remaster] - Cd

Arp - In Light [remaster] - Cd

In Light's opener, St. Tropez, the simplest and sparsest piece on an album notable for its simplicity and sparseness, consists entirely of a single tw...
eBay

$12.76

+$2.99 shipping
Graham Parker & The - Heat Treatment [remaster] - Cd

Graham Parker & The - Heat Treatment [remaster] - Cd

Digitally remastered with new sleeve notes from Parker, bonus tracks, expanded booklets and photos.
eBay

$9.05

+$2.99 shipping
Guitar Town (Remaster)

Guitar Town (Remaster)

Guitar Town (Remaster)
Walmart.com

$5.98

+$4.97 shipping
Eldorado [remastered] [remaster] By Electric Light Orchestra Brand Mint

Eldorado [remastered] [remaster] By Electric Light Orchestra Brand Mint

Electric Light Orchestra: Jeff Lynne (vocals, guitar, Moog synthesizer); Richard Tandy (guitar, Moog synthesizer); Mik Kaminsky (violin); Hugh McDowel...
eBay

$12.00

+$2.50 shipping
Chicago V (Remaster)

Chicago V (Remaster)

Chicago V (Remaster)
Walmart.com

$5.00

+$4.97 shipping
Canned Heat - Historical Figures And Ancient Heads [remaster] - Cd
eBay

$8.42

+$2.99 shipping