Previously unheard Velvet Underground tracks to feature on ‘White Light/White Heat’ reissue

A three-disc version of the album will be released on December 2

The Velvet Undergound’s second album ‘White Light/White Heat’ is to be reissued as part of a three-disc 45th anniversary boxset.

The 30-track set will feature remastered versions of both the original stereo and mono releases of the 1968 album, with bonus tracks including alternative versions, unreleased outtakes, John Cale’s final studio sessions with the band, and a live recording of the band’s gig at The Gymnasium in New York, which was recorded on April 30, 1967. The set also includes five previously unreleased performances from John Cale’s personal copy of the album including unheard versions of ‘Beginning To See The Light’ and ‘The Gift’. It will be released on December 2.

Both Lou Reed and John Cale were involved in the creation of the boxset. Speaking about the album in a statement, Reed says: “No-one listened to it. But there it is, forever – the quintessence of articulated punk. And no-one goes near it.”

The ‘White Light/White Heat’ anniversary box-set reissue tracklisting:

[b]Disc One –’White Ligh/White Heat’ stereo version

‘White Light/White Heat’
‘The Gift’
‘Lady Godiva’s Operation’
‘Here She Comes Now’
‘I Heart Her Call My Name’
‘Sister Ray’
‘I Heard Her Call My Name’ (alternate take)
‘Guess I’m Falling In Love’ (instrumental version)
‘Temptation Inside Your Heart’ (original mix)
‘Stephanie Says’ (original mix)
‘Hey Mr Rain’ (version one)
‘Hey Mr Rain’ (version two)
‘Beginning To See The Light’ (previously
unreleased early version)

Disc Two ‘White Light/White Heat’ mono version:

‘White Light/White Heat’
‘The Gift’
‘Lady Godiva’s Operation’
‘Here She Comes Now’
‘I Heart Her Call My Name’
‘Sister Ray’
‘White Light/White Heat’ (mono single mix)
‘Here She Comes Now’ (mono single mix)
‘The Gift’ (vocal version)
‘The Gift’ (instrumental version)

Disc three ‘Live At The Gymnasium’

‘Booker T’
‘I’m Not A Young Man Anymore’ (previously unreleased version)
‘Guess I’m Falling In Love’
‘I’m Waiting For The Man’ (previously unreleased version)
‘Run Run Run’ (previously unreleased version)
‘Sister Ray’ (previously unreleased version)
‘The Gift’ (previously unreleased version)[b]