Burger Records is honoring the 45th anniversary of the Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat with its very own version of the 1968 classic. On December 10, the Fullerton, California label will issue The Velvet Underground — White Light/White Heat Tribute Album, a full-length homage to the Greatest Alternative Album of the 1960s. The tribute will only be available on cassette (and also drops the same day that Universal Music Enterprises is set to release a triple-disc "Super Deluxe Edition" of White Light/White Heat), but SPIN has shared streams of the compilation's first five songs: Natural Child's rendition of the title track, the Memories' cover of "The Gift," Mozes and the Firstborn's take on "Lady Godiva's Operation," Curtis Harding's version of "Here She Comes Now," and Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel's approach to "I Heard Her Call My Name."
That only leaves "Sister Ray," a seedy, 17-minute epic that gets a space-age makeover by Gap Dream, a.k.a. synth wizard Gabe Fulvimar. In the hands of the late Lou Reed, "Sister Ray" reveled in the underbelly of New York City, with a wall of feedback that chugged and wheezed like an accordion. Under the direction of Fulvimar, it leaves earth's orbit. Hear Gap Dream's "Sister Ray" below, and scroll down further for SPIN's extensive coverage on Reed and his legacy.
SPIN's exclusive Lou Reed coverage:
Goodbye, Lou Reed: New Yorkers Lovingly Celebrate His Life and Music
Lou Reed, R.I.P.: Hear His Legacy in 15 Tracks
Lou Reed: A Critical Discography
The SPIN Interview: Lou Reed
Lou Reed's New York City: The Velvets' Stomping Grounds, Today
Five Great Rap Songs That Sample Lou Reed or the Velvet Underground
Toesucker Blues: Robert Christgau's Farewell Salute to Lou Reed
Dave Hickey on Lou Reed: 'We Have Lost the Master of the Mundane and the Malicious'
The Little Giant: John Cameron Mitchell Remembers His Neighbor, Lou Reed
The Top 100 Alternative Albums of the 1960s