Disc 1 Running time 66m 36s / Disc 2 Running Time 56m 30s
Notes: Review: Sometimes archival material which first appeared on a bootleg album will later find
authorized release with improved sound quality, but the Velvet Underground's boot Live at End Cole
Ave. is a rare example of this process working in reverse.
In 1969, the Velvet Underground played a few dates at a club in Dallas, TX, called the End of Cole
Avenue, and a fan who worked as a recording engineer brought a tape machine and mics and recorded
two nights of their stand. Years later, some of the End of Cole Avenue's tapes were combined with
recordings from 1969 shows in San Francisco for the album 1969: Velvet Underground Live, but by the
time Mercury Records got their hands on the Dallas recordings, they were several generations removed
from the original source material.
Live at End Cole Ave. (as a grammatically challenged bootlegger has chosen to call it) was mastered
from the original first generation tapes of the October 18 & 19 1969, End of Cole Avenue recordings,
and the differences in the sound quality are dramatic--louder and clearer, as with the others in
this remastered series. Plus the absence of the blanket of hiss which has usually hovered over these
performances is more than welcome; this is certainly one of the very best-sounding Velvets live
recordings extant (though the levels tend to fluctuate in mid-song).
Also, a number of performances which didn't make the cut for the 1969: Velvet Underground Live album
are here, and if these tapes capture the band in relatively subdued form, the performances are
committed and emphatic, and add further evidence to the theory that this band never played a song
the same way twice. This is a fascinating bit of Velvet Underground arcania and great rock & roll
in its own right; now would someone care to dig up the unedited versions of the San Francisco tapes
from 1969: Velvet Underground Live and give them an airing as well?
Mark Deming, All Music Guide
Info: Limited numbered edition, packaged in a violet velvet pouch. Reissued in 1994 without number.
There is also a 1994 reissue, Aulica Deluxe 9430.22, limited numbered edition in Chinese silk box
without photos or liner notes but with different pictures on the disc. Small club recording with
excellent sound quality - part of this set was used for the official 1969 Live album. Definitely
01 - I'm Waiting For The Man (7:26)
02 - It's Just Too Much (2:54)
03 - I'll Be Your Mirror (2:56)
04 - Some Kinda Love (4:25)
05 - Femme Fatale (3:27)
06 - Beginning To See The Light (5:58)
07 - I'm Set Free (4:41)
08 - Afterhours (2:49)
09 - I'm Sticking With You (2:40)
10 - One Of These Days (3:29)
11 - Pale Blue Eyes (6:23)
12 - Ocean (6:02)
13 - What Goes On (6:22)
14 - Heroin (7:17).
01 - Sister Ray (17:47)
02 - Lisa Says (3:39)
03 - Rock'n'Roll (5:06)
04 - Blue Velvet Jazz Jam (30:13)