In November 1970, The Velvet Underground released their fourth album, Loaded, under pressure to create an album "loaded" full of radio hits, hence the name.
This is the first album I've listened to by The Velvet Underground, and honestly, I'm not really into it. I think there is significance in the fact that the band was established in New York, which is pretty huge in a time when so many of the major rock bands were from the U.K.. Since I haven't heard their first three albums, I don't really know whether Loaded is a good representation of their work or not. I've read that Andy Warhol was the band's manager in the early days, which is pretty cool. But Loaded was released after their management by Warhol ended, and as a result, it was supposed to be created with a more mainstream sound.
To me, the first side of the album is much better than the second. In particular, I love "Sweet Jane". In fact its one of the only songs on the album that I really love. The others are okay, but overall, not great. And to me, the only track on Side Two that is really worth mentioning is "Head Held High", which has a sound that reminds me of the Stones and The Beatles combined.
I feel like I don't understand this album or something. What do you think of The Velvet Underground? I know they have a pretty big following now, so what do you love about their tunes? Do you think I don't like them just because this isn't their best album? I'd love to hear your thoughts, so give Loaded a listen and let me know!