By Tom Sinclair
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:46 AM EDT

The Velvet Underground Bootleg Series Volume I: The Quine Tapes

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”This is gonna go on for a while,” warns Lou Reed, introducing one of three versions of ”Sister Ray” on this welcome compendium of vintage live Velvets. He’s not kidding — the longest runs 38 minutes. Recorded by guitarist Robert Quine (Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Matthew Sweet) at several shows in 1969, these three CDs capture the band at a white-hot peak. Present and accounted for are their most notorious songs — ”Heroin,” ”Venus in Furs,” ”I’m Waiting for the Man” — as well as such arcana as a 17-minute ”Follow the Leader.” While The Quine Tapes are a fan’s dream, they’re something of an audiophile’s nightmare — the tape hiss actually takes on the quality of another instrument. Still, between Reed’s droll stage banter and the shambolic glory of the band’s playing, this is a potent shot of some kinda love.

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The Velvet Underground Bootleg Series Volume I: The Quine Tapes

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