Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Evening Brew | Library of Congress adds VU

Library of Congress announced earlier today "...an eclectic collection of 25 recordings deemed among the most culturally and politically important to the United States were selected for preservation in a special sound archive.
Among the recordings are President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Dec. 8, 1941, address to Congress to obtain a declaration of war against Japan the day after the Pearl Harbor attack, one of the Rolling Stones' most famous songs and Paul Simon's "Graceland," much of which was recorded in South Africa."
(text courtesy of AP)

One of the notable addition is: "Velvet Underground and Nico," Velvet Underground (1967)

For decades this album has cast a huge shadow over nearly every sub-variety of avant-garde rock, from 1970s art-rock to No Wave, New Wave and Punk. Referring to their sway over the rock music of the '70s and '80s, critic Lester Bangs stated, "Modern music starts with the Velvets, and the implications and influence of what they did seem to go on forever." Otherworldly vocals by the international model and actress Nico appear on three of the songs. John Cale's hard-edged electric viola playing adds an eerie quality to singer and guitarist Lou Reed's frank lyrical depictions of sex and addiction. Percussionist Maureen Tucker and guitarist Sterling Morrison make additional noteworthy contributions. (text courtesy of Library of Congress)

Read the full article and what got added ovah here.

Also check out WFMU's Beware of the Blog as some of the mp3s of the acetate version of the album are available.

YouTube: Velvet Underground- "Sunday Morning"


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