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The Velvet Underground - The Complete Matrix Tapes mp3 album

  • Performer: The Velvet Underground
  • Title: The Complete Matrix Tapes
  • Genre: Rock
  • Country: Europe
  • Released: 2015
  • Style: Avantgarde, Experimental, Psychedelic Rock, Rock & Roll
  • MP3 album: 1992 mb
  • FLAC album: 1647 mb
  • Rating: 4.7/5
  • Votes: 349
The Velvet Underground - The Complete Matrix Tapes mp3 album

The Complete Matrix Tapes is a live album by the New York City-based experimental rock band the Velvet Underground, released on November 20, 2015. It features unexpurgated recordings of the band's two-night stint on November 26 and 27, 1969, at San Francisco club The Matrix, owned and operated by Jefferson Airplane's Marty Balin

Much of the material the Velvets performed over a series of shows at the Matrix club in San Francisco in November 1969 has crept out before – on the Live 1969 album, The Quine Tapes box (in extreme lo-fi) and last year’s reissue of the third album.

As can be heard, the shows were intimate, and features early versions of yet-to-be-recorded songs like ‘Sweet Jane,’ ‘New Age’ and ‘Rock & Roll.

In November and December 1969, in between the release of the eponymous Velvet Underground album and 1970’s Loaded, Lou Reed and co played a residency at The Matrix in San Francisco, an ex-pizza parlour turned venue owned by Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin. These tapes are culled from several nights of performances, the four CDs featuring multiple versions of tracks like Heroin and I’m Waiting For The Man – though fortunately, like snowflakes, these versions vary from performance to performance. Nico and John Cale had departed at this point, the latter replayed by Doug Yule, while Andy Warhol.

The Complete Matrix Tapes, 2015. The Complete Matrix Tapes, 2015. The Velvet Underground. The Black Angel's Death Song, 06:19. I Can't Stand It, 07:53. There She Goes Again, 02:50. Sweet Bonnie Brown (It's Just Too Much), 07:50.

Believe the hype-the sound is very clean like a studio album but with the intensity of a live album. Mo's drums are pounding. Sterling's guitar is crystal clear. THE MATRIX TAPES is a must, music fans! The Velvet Underground was very influential to a generation of Alternative Rock bands and in these San Francisco recordings you can hear why. So simple yet So original led by Lou Reed's already prolific songwriting.


Set One
1-1 I'm Waiting For The Man (Version 1) 13:07
1-2 What Goes On (Version 1) 8:53
1-3 Some Kinda Love (Version 1) 4:58
1-4 Heroin (Version 1) 8:07
1-5 The Black Angel's Death Song 6:20
1-6 Venus In Furs (Version 1) 4:38
1-7 There She Goes Again (Version 1) 3:13
1-8 We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 1) 3:20
1-9 Over You (Version 1) 2:24
1-10 Sweet Jane (Version 1) 5:12
1-11 Pale Blue Eyes 6:05
1-12 After Hours (Version 1) 2:58
Set Two
2-1 I'm Waiting For The Man (Version 2) 6:33
2-2 Venus In Furs (Version 2) 5:11
2-3 Some Kinda Love (Version 2) 4:04
2-4 Over You (Version 2) 3:02
2-5 I Can't Stand It (Version 1) 7:54
2-6 There She Goes Again (Version 2) 2:50
2-7 After Hours (Version 2) 2:30
2-8 We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 2) 3:40
2-9 Sweet Bonnie Brown/Too Much 7:50
2-10 Heroin (Version 2) 10:05
2-11 White Light/White Heat (Version 1) 9:27
2-12 I'm Set Free 4:48
Set Three
3-1 We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 3) 3:15
3-2 Some Kinda Love (Version 3) 4:38
3-3 There She Goes Again (Version 3) 2:59
3-4 Heroin (Version 3) 8:28
3-5 Ocean 10:59
3-6 Sister Ray 36:54
Set Four
4-1 I'm Waiting For The Man (Version 3) 5:31
4-2 What Goes On (Version 2) 4:31
4-3 Some Kinda Love (Version 4) 4:03
4-4 We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together (Version 4) 3:24
4-5 Beginning To See The Light 5:30
4-6 Lisa Says 6:00
4-7 New Age 6:28
4-8 Rock & Roll 6:54
4-9 I Can't Stand It (Version 2) 6:52
4-10 Heroin (Version 4) 8:18
4-11 White Light/White Heat (Version 2) 8:43
4-12 Sweet Jane (Version 2) 4:20

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – The Velvet Underground Trust
  • Licensed To – Universal Music Enterprises
  • Copyright (c) – Universal Music Enterprises
  • Recorded At – The Matrix
  • Mixed At – Mr. Toad's
  • Mastered At – Universal Republic Studios
  • Pressed By – Arvato – 56220363
  • Pressed By – Arvato – 56220445
  • Pressed By – Arvato – 56220463
  • Pressed By – Arvato – 56220469


  • A&R [UMe], Coordinator [Project Coordinator] – Jaime Feldman
  • Art Direction – Vartan
  • Bass, Organ, Backing Vocals – Doug Yule
  • Compilation Producer – Bill Levenson
  • Design – Meire Murakami
  • Guitar, Backing Vocals – Sterling Morrison
  • Liner Notes [Essay, Rolling Stone June, 2015] – David Fricke
  • Mastered By – Kevin Reeves
  • Mixed By – Tardon*
  • Percussion – Maureen Tucker*
  • Product Manager – Dan Rose
  • Production Manager – Monique McGuffin Newman
  • Recorded By – Peter Abram
  • Research [Archivist], Production Manager [Production Assistance] – Sal Mercuri
  • Research [Photo Research Assistance] – Alfredo Garcia*, Lau Buur Nielsen, Oliver Landemaine
  • Vocals, Guitar – Lou Reed
  • Written-By – John Cale (tracks: 1-5, 3-6), Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker* (tracks: 3-6), Sterling Morrison (tracks: 3-6)


Issued in a cardboard sleeve with a 24-page booklet.

All mixes previously unreleased, except: 1-6, 1-7, 1-11, 1-12, 2-3, 2-4, 2-12, 3-6, 4-1, 4-2, 4-4 to 4-6, 4-8 to 4-12
1-6, 1-7, 1-11, 1-12, 2-3, 2-4, 2-12, 3-6, 4-1, 4-2, 4-4 to 4-6, 4-8 to 4-12 appears on The Velvet Underground (3rd album) Super Deluxe Edition
1-3, 1-10, 2-6 to 2-8, 3-1 to 3-3, 4-3 previously unreleased performance
1-2, 1-8, 1-9, 2-1, 2-3, 2-5, 2-9, 2-10, 3-4, 3-5, 4-5 to 4-8, 4-11, 4-12 performance appears on 1969: The Velvet Underground Live
1-1, 1-4, 1-5, 2-2, 2-11, 3-6, 4-8 performance appears on The Quine Tapes Box Set

Recorded live by [...] at The Matrix, San Francisco, November 26 & 27, 1969.
Mixed by [...] at Mr. Toad's, San Francisco, CA, Summer/Fall 2014.
Mastered by [...] at Universal Republic Studios, New York, NY.

Special thanks to Christopher Whent, Bruce Resnikoff, Jane Ventom, Steve Wengert,
Andrew Daw and Andrew Labarrere.

Additional thanks to Peter Abram, James Healy, Howard Wolf and Pat Thomas
for their assistance in acquiring the legendary Matrix Recordings.

℗2015 The Velvet Underground Trust under license to Universal Music Enterprises,
a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
©2015 Universal Music Enterprises, a Division
of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Made in the EU.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 02547 54901 3
  • Barcode (String): 602547549013
  • Mastering SID Code (CD 1 to CD 4, Variant 1 & 2 ): IFPI LP 73
  • Mould SID Code (CD 1 - stamped, Variant 1): IFPI 0767
  • Mould SID Code (CD 1 - stamped, Variant 2): IFPI 0721
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 1, Variant 1 & 2 ): [Universal logo] 56220363/00602547635136 21 arvato
  • Mould SID Code (CD 2 - stamped, Variant 1): IFPI 0767
  • Mould SID Code (CD 2 - stamped, Variant 2): IFPI 0721
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 2, Variant 1 & 2 ): [Universal logo] 56220445/00602547635143 21 arvato
  • Mould SID Code (CD 3 - stamped, Variant 1): IFPI 077Y
  • Mould SID Code (CD 3 - stamped, Variant 2): IFPI 0721
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 3, Variant 1 & 2 ): [Universal logo] 56220463/00602547635150 21 arvato
  • Mould SID Code (CD 4 - stamped, Variant 1): IFPI 0783
  • Mould SID Code (CD 4 - stamped, Variant 2): IFPI 0721
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 4, Variant 1 & 2 ): [Universal logo] 56220469/00602547635167 21 arvato
  • Rights Society: BIEM/SDRM

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
none The Velvet Underground The Complete Matrix Tapes ‎(42xFile, WAV) Universal Music Enterprises none Europe 2015
UICY-77609/12 The Velvet Underground The Complete Matrix Tapes ‎(4xCD, Comp + Box) UMe, Universal Music Group International UICY-77609/12 Japan 2015
B0023 955-02 The Velvet Underground The Complete Matrix Tapes ‎(4xCD, Album + Box) Universal Music Enterprises B0023 955-02 US 2015
none The Velvet Underground The Complete Matrix Tapes ‎(4xCDr, Promo) Universal Music France, Polydor none France 2015

Reviews about The Velvet Underground - The Complete Matrix Tapes (6):
anyone listening to rock music should hear this.this is really stunning music. they seem to have so much fun in playing live and together.you really hear them enjoy this themselves.Recommended !!
Really one of the best Live release ever. A very young band at the peaks of its creativity and at its afterglow as well.
This screams to be released on vinyl, we need this!
Yeah ! The world is screaming for a 8 vinyl box where sister ray is cut in half or squeezed on one side. Seriously...
Having seen The Velvet Underground many times, mostly at The Second Fret in Philadelphia. And with that in mind, I’d like to propose that they were one of those bands who’s work always seemed to be not so much in flux, more that it was constantly being reworked, reshaped, and revitalized. And that’s proven true here on The Matrix Tapes, a staggering four disc collection that primarily focuses on two nights at The Matrix [a club opened by The Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin] on November 26th and 27th of 1969 ... captured at both The Matrix and The Family Dog venues on a four track recorder.This was not the first time The Velvet Underground found themselves in California, a land they disdained, preferring the gritty streets of the east coast. Nevertheless, their first venture into the land of sun and surf was with Andy Warhol’s sojourn back in May of 1966, where it’s been documented that they were received rather poorly, and nearly demolished the home that had been provided for them.One could spend a lifetime listening to all of these tracks before deciding on which versions are best, and perhaps compiling a personal favorites collection from this presentation. Remember, this was lo-fi at it’s inception, this was when shows were what we called ‘Happenings’, this was where the audience was as involved as the artists, and I’m sure that anyone who was there for even one of the eighteen residency dates still remembers it as if it happened yesterday. Several of the songs extend into thirty plus minute jams of music, distortion, and graphic lustful fascination, where the band finds a groove, locks into it, and doesn’t let go.Yes, nearly all of this material has been released in one fashion or another over the years, with some being much better than others ... though I doubt that there’s much room for improvement here, where the entire package has been digitally remastered and presented as a single unit of astonishment.Review by Jenell Kesler
The entire four hours of tapes from the Matrix Club, Nov 1969 with all the material included in last year's 'Super Deluxe' reissue of the third album.... plus a ton of extra tracks - nine tracks never previously released or heard before.... not even as bootlegs.There's a big crossover between this and 1969 Live - the difference being that the sound quality here is unbelievably good. The Matrix had its own built-in studio recording desk and this set far supercedes versions heard on 1969 (and on The Quine Tapes).Lou is on fine form throughout - obviously enjoying himself. He takes well-known VU classics and improvises lyrics, taking the songs in new directions (especially on the first Waiting For the Man). His introductions are dry and droll.... especially the 'serious music' intro. You get some rare performances too - like The Black Angel's Death Song, rarely played during this era and with Doug Yule summoning a modal scale from his organ.... emulating Cale's viola as best he could. The band stretch out on some epic versions.... the two White Light/White Heats go well beyond 8 minutes, I'm Waiting For the Man clocks in at 13 minutes and an immense Sister Ray nearly breaks the 40 minute barrier.Drawbacks - well (to be picky).... I'm not sure the CDs comprise the setlists for the two nights as played... even though the CDs are billed as Set One, Set Two etc.Some of the spoken intros seem to be missing (even from the Super Deluxe versions for some strange reason.... kept on there but missed off here.... what's going on?)The whole crossover with the Super Deluxe is a bit of a mystery (or just a record company capitalising on VU completists ... that's never happend before lol).The booklet is a bit sparse. 24 pages comprising an essay by David Fricke and a couple of black and white photos. The essay is ok but only took me about 5 minutes to read (big print). There's (at least) two glaring mistakes in the booklet. Getting the year of Lou's death wrong is unforgivable.If you get this box and the second night of End of Cole Avenue bootleg then you will have the whole of 1969 Live in superior quality, with a whole bunch of extra essential tracks. (Don't get the first night of End of Cole Ave - it's rotten quality).Release of 2015? For me - yes!

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