Wednesday, October 21, 2009

29. The Velvet Underground - Sister Ray (1967)

This song is VU at their zenith. It has everything that the band did best.....the simple organ line, the driving and pounding drum beat, the wild screeching guitars, and Lou Reed's debauched, mad lyrics and vocals. This is also probably the shortest 17-minute song I've ever heard, as the drums just pound away giving you something to focus on while the organ, guitar and Lou just go to town. On the fairly strange (even in Velvet Underground terms) White Light/White Heat, this song makes up for all the only decently successful experiments on the rest of the album. Also, try to find a live version of this....the song never sounds the same on any recording, and it's great every time.

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