BECK/THE VELVET UNDERGROUND Record Club No. 1: The Velvet Underground & Nico (2009) & The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)



Record Club No. 1:
The Velvet Underground & Nico
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
A Record Club That Can’t Screw You

Even if you don’t like Beck, and even if you don’t like The Velvet Underground, you have to like this idea. Beck and his pals have started a record club and the concept is a simple one; pick a famous album, record it live in the studio in one day and then release a weekly track on the Internet machine. Including videos of the live sessions. This is the first album in the series, a recreation of 1967’s The Velvet Underground & Nico. “Black Angel’s Death Song” is a standout, but you can hear “I’m Waiting For The Man” below, just because I thought it was funny. Compare it to the original. Beck & The Boys have already started on #2, Songs of Leonard Cohen, and a few videos are already up at Beck’s website. Nice price, too.


Sunday Morning (3:15)
I’m Waiting For The Man (4:04)
Femme Fatale (2:42)
Venus In Furs (5:22)
Run Run Run (4:25)
All Tomorrow’s Parties (5:16)
Heroin (6:40)
There She Goes Again (3:02)
I’ll Be Your Mirror (2:33)
Black Angel’s Death Song (3:43)
European Son (3:26)
Heroin (Bonus Alternate Version) (5:05)

12 Comments

  • 1
    RevolutionaryBum
    September 24, 2009 - 21:37 | Permalink

    Hey, This is great !!! I've been putting together a compilation of V.U. tribute stuff and this will complete it. Thanks for the info and of course the post ! My favorite is a tribute album from South America called
    Tributo Argentino a:The Velvet Underground & Nico, it's truly brilliant. If you haven't heard it I'll upload and post the link for you and the rest of your readers…
    Thanks again !

  • 2
    winkingtiger
    September 25, 2009 - 00:21 | Permalink

    Didn't The Smithereens do this 'Record Club' idea first? They're already on their third in the series.

    Love Beck, thanks for the post, Willard. :)

  • 3
    Capt. Willard
    September 25, 2009 - 04:05 | Permalink

    Wasn't aware of that. I know they covered Meet The Beatles and Tommy, but those were sold in stores, right? Or are you referring to other projects?

  • 4
    Art Ducko
    September 25, 2009 - 05:00 | Permalink

    Hilarious concept. You've gotta love the guy. My vote for #3 would either be the Rolling Stones "Beggar's Banquet", or the Monkees' soundtrack to "Head". Are you listening, Beck?

  • 5
    winkingtiger
    September 25, 2009 - 07:21 | Permalink

    Yes, those two, plus 'Beatle B-Sides.' I was being slightly facetious, sorry (also sad, because I don't like what The Smithereens have become.)

    Thanks again for all the great posts. :)

  • 6
    Capt. Willard
    September 25, 2009 - 07:23 | Permalink

    Gotcha. Thanks, didn't know about that one.

  • 7
    Mona
    September 25, 2009 - 10:16 | Permalink

    Apparently Wilco and Beck doing Skip Spence's OAR has already been done as well.
    Regards/

  • 8
    lee
    September 26, 2009 - 04:50 | Permalink

    really enjoyed this. thanks!

  • 9
    Anonymous
    September 26, 2009 - 19:35 | Permalink

    i was dubious at first, but now think this is a great idea… love what was done to "european son"… this could be a great series… would like to see them do maybe dylan's "highway 61 revisited"… or can you imagine if elliott smith was still alive and participating? i bet he would have done nico's "the marble index" THAT would have been interesting. would like to see them cover marianne faithfull's "broken english" as well.

  • 10
    Capt. Willard
    September 26, 2009 - 19:52 | Permalink

    R.Bum, sorry, I forgot to thank you for the link.

  • 11
    Anonymous
    December 30, 2009 - 17:25 | Permalink

    BECK
    Beck's Record Club Vol 1: The Velvet Underground & Nico
    (Beck's Record Club)

    1. Sunday Morning
    Bass: Bram Inscore
    Drums: Joey Waronker
    Glockenspiel: Giovanni Ribisi
    Keyboard / Synthesizer: Brian Lebarton, Chris Holmes
    Produced by: Nigel Godrich
    Tambourine: Joey Waronker
    Vocals: Beck Hansen
    Vocals (Background): Thorun Magnusdottir

    2. I'm Waiting For The Man
    Bass: Bram Inscore, Brian Lebarton
    Berimbeau: Beck Hansen
    Drums: Joey Waronker
    Glockenspiel: Giovanni Ribisi
    Guitar (Acoustic): Beck Hansen, Chris Holmes
    Guitar (Electric): Giovanni Ribisi
    Keyboard / Synthesizer (Yamaha DX-7): Nigel Godrich
    Percussion: Bram Inscore
    Sitar: Thorun Magnusdottir
    Vocals: Beck Hansen

    3. Femme Fatale
    Bass: Bram Inscore
    Celeste: Brian Lebarton
    Drums: Nigel Godrich
    Guitar (Acoustic): Beck Hansen
    Vocals: Beck Hansen
    Vocals (Background): Brian Lebarton, Nigel Godrich, Thorun Magnusdottir

    4. Venus In Furs
    Drums: Brian Lebarton
    Flute: Joey Waronker
    Guitar (Acoustic): Beck Hansen
    Guitar (Electric with Violin Bow): Nigel Godrich
    Sitar: Chris Holmes
    Tambourine: Thorun Magnusdottir
    Vocals: Beck Hansen

    5. Run Run Run
    Drums: Nigel Godrich
    Keyboard / Synthesizer: Bram Inscore, Brian Lebarton
    Vocals: Beck Hansen
    Vocals (Background): Thorun Magnusdottir

    6. All Tomorrow's Parties
    Bass (Upright): Bram Inscore
    Cello: unknown
    Drums: Joey Waronker
    Keyboard / Synthesizer: Beck Hansen, Joey Waronker
    Oud: Chris Holmes
    Percussion: Brian Lebarton
    Vocals: Thorun Magnusdottir

    7. Heroin
    Drums: Brian Lebarton
    Keyboard / Synthesizer: Nigel Godrich
    Percussion: Nigel Godrich
    Piano: Chris Holmes
    Vocals: Brian Lebarton

    8. There She Goes Again
    Drums: Joey Waronker
    Guitar (Acoustic): Beck Hansen
    Keyboard / Synthesizer: Chris Holmes
    Toy Piano: Brian Lebarton
    Vocals: Beck Hansen

    9. I'll Be Your Mirror
    Bass: Joey Waronker
    Drums: Nigel Godrich
    Guitar (Acoustic): Beck Hansen, Giovanni Ribisi
    Keyboard / Synthesizer: Chris Holmes
    Vocals: Beck Hansen
    Vocals (Background): Thorun Magnusdottir

    10. The Black Angel's Death Song
    Bass: Bram Inscore
    Guitar (Acoustic): Beck Hansen
    Vocals: Beck Hansen

    11. European Son
    Bass: Brian Lebarton
    Drums: Joey Waronker
    Guitar (Acoustic): Beck Hansen
    Percussion: Bram Inscore
    Vocals: Beck Hansen, Thorun Magnusdottir

    12. Heroin (alternate version)
    Vocals: Beck Hansen

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    W
    March 29, 2011 - 23:10 | Permalink

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