Universal Music Enterprises and Castle Face Records have joined forces for the release of the 45th Anniversary of The Velvet Underground & Nico with a tribute album featuring indie artists Ty Segall (“Femme Fatale”), Thee Oh Sees (“European Son”), White Fence (“Run Run Run), The Fresh and Onlys (“All Tomorrow’s Parties”) among others. Brian Eno famously said “the album may not have sold many copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band.” This partnership between UMe and Castle Face Records is a true testament of the influence of The Velvet Underground.
In anticipation of the 45th Anniversary, The Velvet Underground & Nico by Castle Face And Friends will be available November 6th on vinyl only, but starting on October 15th and continuing to October 29th; fans will be able to download a song a day for from the tribute album on various participating sites.
On October 30th The Velvet Underground & Nico will be available in a limited edition six CD Super Deluxe box set featuring 30 previously unreleased tracks, including a previously unavailable November ’66 live concert performed by the Velvets’ original, five-person lineup—Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Moe Tucker and Nico—at the Valleydale Ballroom in Columbus, Ohio, and Nico’s Chelsea Girl, an album released in October 1967 (seven months after the Velvets’ disc) which included all the members of the band as well as a teenage folksinger named Jackson Browne. The box set also includes an 88-page booklet featuring a new essay by band biographer Richie Unterberger. Additional formats include a brand-new two-CD Deluxe Edition which includes a stereo version of the album along with a separate disc of the Factory rehearsals and Scepter Studios sessions. There will also be a digital exclusive and a one-CD original stereo album remaster in both physical and digital form.
Castle Face Records is a San Francisco record label started by John Dwyer (the force of nature behind Thee Oh Sees and formerly of Coachwhips and Pink And Brown) with Brian Lee Hughes and Matt Jones. Now that the rest of the world knows about Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, and The Fresh & Onlys, it’s not quite a hometown secret, but Castle Face started as a way for Dwyer to put out his friends’ records he enjoyed. These days, the tight-knit scene in San Francisco has been especially prolific and fertile and it’s grown and mutated into a sort of family. Matt Jones says “covering The Velvet Underground & Nico in its entirety sounded like a great idea, and since we had already planned a label wide sleepover it just felt right. If you listen closely you can hear that most of the percussion is the sound of popcorn kernels and empty nitrous canisters being shaken in the box my digital delay came in.”
Full tracklisting below:
- Sunday Morning – Kelly Stoltz
- I’m Waiting For The Man – Warm Soda
- Femme Fatale – Ty Segall
- Venus In Furs – Blasted Canyons feat. Jeremy Cox (of Royal Baths)
- Run Run Run – White Fence
- All Tomorrow’s Parties – The Fresh & Onlys
- Heroin – Burnt Ones
- There She Goes Again – The Mallard
- I’ll Be Your Mirror – Here Comes The Here Comes
- The Black Angel’s Death Song – K. Dylan + The Black Angel’s Death Songsmen
- European Son – Thee Oh Sees