Tuesday 9 April 2019

The Matrix Tapes Again

It was one of those kind of weekends when I just wanted to play the Velvets and not any old Velvets, I was in the mood to listen to the whole of the Matrix Tapes from start to finish, A question posed on Twitter got me reaching for this,  the second most essential box set. It is a question that floats about Twitter all the time "if you had to pick any band artist to see live who would it be?" and always without hesitation I would pick the Velvets and the post Cale line-up and I can even be more specific than that. If I were ever to get in tow with the Dr then this would be my one stipulation, I'll help you save the Earth from the Daleks mam,  but you will have to take me back to San Francisco on 26th November 1969 and let me hang about 3138 Fillmore Street for a couple of days.

I know that a lot of folk don't like live albums, I do I love them, I love to hear the tweeks from the studio versions or even better something that barely resembles the version that took usually a few takes to get on tape.

After posting that I was listening to the Matrix Tapes, I received a reply from @Kevd99 that he thought that there were 5 good live albums which got me thinking and the rest of the weekend was spent playing only live recordings and I can confirm that in my little world there are considerably more than 5 great live albums which also threw up another idea for a little series, if I can get my lazy arse sorted out.

Until then here are two versions of Over You which don't appear anywhere else other than on the Quine Bootleg and one version on Live 1969.

The Velvet Underground - Over You (version 1)

The Velvet Underground - Over You (version 2)


The Swede said...

I certainly hope that 'It's Alive' by The Ramones turns up in your series.

Artog said...

If I could see any artist live it'd be Jimi Hendrix. In some tiny basement club in London in 1966. Like most of the people you've spoken to though I generally don't really go for live albums. I do however prefer many outtake versions of songs to the final cuts, that's sort of similar.