The Velvet Underground’s classic second album, White Light/White Heat, turned 45 this year, and to commemorate the occasion, on December 10, Universal Music Enterprises will release a triple-disc “Super Deluxe Edition” of the record, which, by the way, topped SPIN’s list of the Top 100 Alternative Albums of the 1960s. Burger Records is joining in the celebration as well, teaming up with Universal to release The Velvet Underground — White Light/White Heat Tribute Album, a full-length homage to the Velvets’ avant-rock masterpiece. Also due on December 10, the upcoming tribute features covers by Natural Child, the Memories, Mozes and the Firstborn, Curtis Harding, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel, and Gap Dream.
Over the next few days, SPIN will be premiering every single song on the White Light/White Heat tribute, beginning with Natural Child’s noodling, almost-six-minute version of the album’s title track. Stream the tune below, and scroll further for SPIN’s exclusive coverage on the late Lou Reed and the Velvets’ legacy.
SPIN’s coverage of Lou Reed and his legacy:
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