The Velvet Underground – Pre-VU

Velvet Underground
‘Pre-VU’

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This fan-released set contains all known recordings by three members of the VU before the formation of the band.

Disc 1

01: Leave Her For Me (Lewis Reed) – The Jades
02: So Blue (Phil Harris / Lewis Reed) – The Jades
~~Single, Time 1002, USA, 1958
03: Your Love (Lewis Reed) – Lewis Reed
04: Merry Go Round (Lewis Reed) – Lewis Reed
~~Unissued sides, 1962
05: The Ostrich (Reed / Sims / Vance / Phillips) – The Primitives
06: Sneaky Pete (Reed / Sims / Vance / Phillips) – The Primitives
~~ Single, Pickwick City PC9001, December 1964
07: Why Don’t You Smile (Philips / Vance / Reed / Cale) – The All Night Workers
~~Single, Round Sound RS-1, 1965:
08: I’ve Got A Tiger In My Tank (Motta / Philips / Sims / Vance / Reed) – The Intimates
~~Single, Epic 5-9743, 1965:
09: Ya Running, But I’ll Getcha (Phillips / Reed / Sims / Vance / Phillips) – The J Brothers
~~LP: The Four Seasons / Johnny Rivers / Neil Sedaka – The J Brothers – Design SDLP 185, 1964:
10: The Rose (Phillips / Reed / Sims / Vance) – Terry Phillips
11: Flowers For The Lady (Irby, Jr. / Phillips / Reed / Sims / Vance) – Terry Phillips
12: Wild One (Phillips / Reed / Sims / Vance) – Terry Phillips
~~LP: Swingin’ Teen Sounds Of Ronnie Dove & Terry Phillips – Design SDLP 186, 1965
13: Don’t Turn My World Upside Down (Reed / Phillips / Vance / Sims) – The J Brothers
14: Soul City (Reed / Phillips / Vance / Sims) – The Hi-Lifes
15: Teardrop In The Sand (Reed / Phillips / Vance / Sims) – The Hollywoods
16: Wonderful World Of Love (Reed / Phillips / Vance / Sims) – The Liberty Men
17: You’re Driving Me Insane (Reed / Phillips / Vance / Sims) – The Roughnecks
18: First Impression (Reed / Phillips / Vance / Sims) -The Hi-Lifes
19: I’m Gonna Fight (Reed / Phillips / Vance / Sims) – The Hi-Lifes
20: I’ve Got A Tiger In My Tank (Motta / Philips / Sims / Vance / Reed) – The Beachnuts
21: Cycle Annie (Reed / Phillips / Vance / Sims) – The Beachnuts
22: Johnny Won’t Surf No More (Reed / Phillips / Vance / Sims) – Jeannie Larimore
23: It’s Hard For A Girl In A World Full Of Men (Reed / Phillips / Vance / Sims) – Connie Carson
~~LP: Soundsville – LP, Design SDLP 187, early 1965:
24: Tell Mama Not To Cry (Vance / Sims / Reed / Phillips) – Robertha Williams
25: *Maybe Tomorrow (Vance / Sims / Reed / Phillips) – Robertha Williams
~~Single, Uptown 707, early 1965
25: *Maybe Tomorrow (Phillips / Vance / Sims / Reed) – Ronnie Dickerson
26: Merry Go Round (Phillips / Vance / Sims / Reed) – Ronnie Dickerson
~~LP: Irma Thomas / Maxine Brown / Ronnie Dickerson – Grand Prix KS-426, 1965
27: Strip-Tease (Gainsbourg / Goraguer) – Nico
~~unissued demo, December 1962
28: I’m Not Sayin’ (Lightfoot) – Nico
29: The Last Mile (Oldham / Page) – Nico
~~Single (UK), Immediate IM-003, 20 August 1965
30: Why Don’t You Smile (Phillips / Vance / Reed / Cale) – The All Night Workers
~~bonus track. Sped up one tone. See if you prefer it.
31: Little Deuce Coupe – The Surfsiders
32: Surfin’ is the Life For Me – The Surfsiders
~~LP: The Surfsiders Sing the Beach Boys, Songbook Design SDLP-208, USA, 1965 (rumored to be Lou Reed on lead vocals).

Disc 2

1: Hot Scoria – John Cale (guitar) and Angus MacLise (cimbalom) – 2 March 1964 or 1965
2: Day Of Niagra – John Cale, Tony Conrad, Angus Maclise, La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela – 25 April 1965
3: Stainless Steel Gamelan – John Cale and Sterling Morrison (cembalet/fretless guitar) – Mid 1960s
4: At About This Time Mozart Was Dead And Joseph Konrad Was Sailing the Seven Seas Learning English – John Cale (wollensak), John Cale and Sterling Morrison (viola, guitar) – May 1967

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