Label
Rhino Atlantic
Release date
18 Feb 1997
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
40:23

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Who Loves The Sun (LP Version) 2:45 2,279
2 Sweet Jane (LP Version) 4:06 2,771
3 Rock And Roll (LP Version) 4:42 2,537
4 Cool It Down (LP Version) 3:02 2,036
5 New Age (LP Version) 5:05 1,794
6 Head Held High (LP Version) 2:55 1,829
7 Lonesome Cowboy Bill (LP Version) 2:43 1,744
8 I Found A Reason (LP Version) 4:17 1,991
9 Train Round The Bend (LP Version) 3:20 1,709
10 Oh! Sweet Nuthin' (LP Version) 7:28 2,129

About this album

Loaded is the fourth album by The Velvet Underground, released in November 1970, by Atlantic Records’ subsidiary label, Cotillion. The album was the final album recorded featuring Lou Reed, though he had departed from the band shortly before the album’s release. In 2003, Loaded was #109 on Rolling Stone’s reissue of their 500 greatest albums of all time.

Loaded was a commercial effort aimed at radio play, another step away from the Warhol-influenced days. The album’s title refers to Atlantic’s request that the band produce an album “loaded with hits”. Doug Yule said, “On Loaded there was a big push to produce a hit single, there was that mentality, which one of these is a single, how does it sound when we cut it down to 3.5 minutes, so that was a major topic for the group at that point. And I think that the third album to a great extent shows a lot of that in that a lot of those songs were designed as singles and if you listen to them you can hear the derivation, like this is sort of a Phil Spector-ish kind of song, or this is that type of person song.”

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  • rhayader18

    It's amazing how Loaded -the Velvet Underground's half-finished throwaway commercial album- sweeps the floor with every other big-budget famous commercial album I've heard.

    13 Feb 11:42am Reply
  • rhayader18

    v I envy you. You haven't discovered White Light/White Heat's greatness yet, but when you do, you're in for a huge treat

    13 Feb 11:38am Reply
  • maccrash

    I think this is better than White Light/White Heat

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    what's wrong with doug yule, anyway? this is a great album.

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Maglor_T

    Sorry guys. I fucking love Doug Yule's voice and this whole album [3]

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Estranged_Ann

    how can this one be a favourite?lou isnt even singing on every track. oh my god i hate doug yule. (2)

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • Punching_joe

    good album but The Velvet Underground & Nico, White Light/White Heat and self-titled LP are so much better

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • silverlage

    Love the cosmic country tracks....t7b

    14 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    Sorry guys. I fucking love Doug Yule's voice and this whole album [2]

    17 Jan 2013 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    I've always liked this one a lot. Sure, it's not as groundbreaking as some of their other work but there are some great songs on here. I feel sorry for anyone who likes their other records but can't get into this one because it's "too poppy."

    25 Dec 2012 Reply
  • johnnyaway

    one of the best albums of all time. so much love for this one!

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Lord_Kur

    bunch of my favorite songs are on this one

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • felipemaiden

    I love the whole album <3

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • IamFlood

    Sorry guys. I fucking love Doug Yule's voice and this whole album.

    17 Jun 2012 Reply
  • zepp69

    so good

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • ShuyinArg

    this is really great, i don't like the nico album at all

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • GreenKamo

    I'm glad VU&N is chock full of plague, skuzzie

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • Skuzzie

    Whatever, it's still my fave album, specifically because of the lack of those experimental "songs" that plagued VU&N and VU.

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • SpaciousDiaper

    V this will never be underrated. it's the most banal/popular record they released.

    2 Mar 2012 Reply
  • crackityjones92

    Underrated u_u

    19 Jan 2012 Reply
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