"Melody Laughter" as written by Lou Reed, John Davies Cale, Sterling Morrison, Christa Paeffgen and Maureen Tucker....

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    General CommentGreat live jam that just keeps going and going and going.

    Liner notes from the "Peel Slowly and See" box-set:

    "The November '66 mono audience recording of 'Melody Laughter' in this collection (an excerpt from a longer performance recorded at Valleydale Ballroom in Columbus, Ohio and first issued on a bootleg album in 1981) stands as a rare document of the VU's nightly flights of improv-daring, of what they were capable of achieving with just a handful of loosely agreed-on chords. (It is a song of sorts, enough so that the band gave it an actual title.) It is also a startling look at how the supposedly jarring contrasts on 'The Velvet Underground and Nico' were part of a very deliberate whole. You can hear the kind of pneumatic pulse that underscores 'All Tomorrow's Parties,' the come-hither heat cloaked in Nico's frosty, wordless aria, even lick fragments of what would eventually become 'Sister Ray' on 'White Light/White Heat'."
    Anarchitecton March 23, 2008   Link

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