The last studio album from The Velvet Underground. Never released on CD or reissued after initial run. Tracks: "Little Jack" – 3:25 "Crash" – 1:21 "Caroline" – 2:34 "Mean Old Man" – 2:52 "Dope … see full wiki
Doug Yule records one more album under the Velvet Underground banner.
May 7, 2009
Doug Yule, Sterling Morrison, Maureen Tucker and the newly recruited bassist Walter Powers continued to tour as The Velvet Underground when Lou Reed quit the band. Yule played lead guitar and took over on vocals. This line up recorded a two track demo (Friends & She'll Make You Cry) in hopes of a second album with Atlantic. But record label didn't want to spend anymore money on the band and released Live at Max's concert album. A few months later after a tour, Sterling decided to quit the band a pursue a career in academics. Doug hired a former band mate and friend Willie Alexander (keyboards) as his replacement.
After a successful tour of the U,K, and The Netherlands, the popularity of the band was much larger than in the states. To capture the moment, the band's manager Steve Sesnick managed to secure a record deal with Polydor Records. In order to keep the cost of recording down, Sesnick brought only Doug Yule in to record the album leaving Tucker, Powers and Alexander in the cold. Yule along with some drumming assistance from Ian Paice (Deep Purple), an unnamed sessions player and female vocalist recorded the tracks for the album.
My favorite tracks on the album are Caroline (written about Miss Christine of The GTOs). Dopey Joe (a strung out drug addict who hustles for money) Jack & Jane (part two of Sweet Jane), Louise (a baroque pop song that will make your toes tap along), She'll Make You Cry ( a girl who knows how to push a guy's buttons) and Friends ( a guy who wants to more than friends with a girl).
To promote the album Doug Yule hired three new band mates and toured the U.K. But their was a problem with not only the tour (Sesnick bailed out on them) but the master tapes were lost. When the album was finally released it didn't sell very well and so did the fortunes of the Velvet Underground. Many fans of The Velvet Underground don't include this album in the band's discography. I don't know why, it's not a classic by it's on par with the fourth album and much better than the third one. Ever since it's initial run no other discs have been released except some bootlegs and nobody knows what happened to the original master tapes.
I feel that this a very good record and knowing that Doug Yule wrote and recorded all the tracks make it even more impressive. I also feel that the album should be included with the rest of the Velvet Underground discography. Like it or not, it's part of it's history.