New ‘The Velvet Underground: The Complete Matrix Tapes’ box set announced

Collection includes nine previously-unreleased recordings

Live recordings of the The Velvet Underground‘s 1969 residency at The Matrix, a small club in San Francisco, will be released as a four-disc box set, ‘The Velvet Underground: The Complete Matrix Tapes’.

Recorded on a tape deck by guitarist Robert Quine, the 42-track set features material from two gigs that took place in November 1969. As pointed out by Pitchfork, many of the tracks have been released before, but this new collection features nine previously-unreleased recordings and marks the first time all of the tapes will be available as a unified release.

‘The Velvet Underground: The Complete Matrix Tapes’ is due out November 20 via Polydor/Universal Music Enterprises. Meanwhile, the band’s 1970 album ‘Loaded’ is also to receive a lush reissue. The six-disc set – released to celebrate the LP’s 45th anniversary – is due out October 30 and will feature the original album remastered in stereo and mono, as well as previously-unreleased demos, outtakes and alternate mixes.


Also included in the ‘Loaded’ reissue will be two live albums. The first is a version of ‘Live at Max’s Kansas City’, which features recordings of Lou Reed’s last shows with the group, and secondly, an unreleased (though widely bootlegged) set recorded in Philadelphia in 1970. It follows 45th anniversary box sets for ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’, ‘White Light/White Heat’ and ‘The Velvet Underground’.

Last year saw the release of an early version of ‘Sweet Jane’. The song was originally released on ‘Loaded’ but this previously unreleased version was recorded at The Matrix Club in November 1969 and featured on the six-disc reissue of The Velvet Underground’s self-titled album.