The Velvet Underground & Nico Scepter Studios Acetate LP
The rare April 1966 Scepter Studios recordings captured on acetate featuring
early, alternate versions of songs later issued on The Velvet underground & Nico
Norman Dolph's original acetate recording of the Scepter Studios material
contains several recordings that would make it onto the final album, though many
are different mixes of those recordings and three are different takes entirely.
The acetate was cut on April 25, 1966, shortly after the recording sessions.
It would resurface decades later when it was bought by a collector of Montreal,
Canada in 2002 at a flea market in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City for
a few coins. It was then sold on E-Bay from that collector for over $25k.
Although ten songs were recorded during the Scepter sessions, only nine appear
on the acetate cut. Dolph recalls "There She Goes Again" being the missing song
(and, indeed, the version of "There She Goes Again" that appears on the final LP
is attributed to the Scepter Studios session).
This recording represents the first studio session of The Velvet Underground at
Scepter Studios in New York City during April 1966, these tracks represent the
original versions of such legendary songs as Heroin, Venus In Furs and Waiting
For The Man, before they were re-recorded at TTG Studios in Los Angeles and
remixed for release on Verve in 1967 as The Velvet Underground And Nico.
• Scepter Studios Sessions - Alternate versions/mixes
1. European Son (Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Maureen Tucker)
2. The Black Angel's Death Song (Lou Reed, John Cale)
3. All Tomorrow's Parties (Lou Reed)
4. I'll Be Your Mirror (Lou Reed)
1. Heroin (Lou Reed)
2. Femme Fatale (Lou Reed)
3. Venus in Furs (Lou Reed)
4. I'm Waiting For the Man (Lou Reed)
5. Run Run Run (Lou Reed)