The Velvet Underground - Loaded
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Based on 2 reviews
1970 Ratings: #6 / 92
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Based on 335 ratings
1970 Ratings: #19
September 1, 1970 / Release Date
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Cotillion / Label
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AllMusic

Sterling Morrison once said of Loaded, "It showed that we could have, all along, made truly commercial sounding records," but just as importantly, it proved they could do so without entirely abandoning their musical personality in the process. It's a pity that notion hadn't occurred to anyone a few years earlier.

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90
The Velvet Underground ditches their experimentation in favor of a completely mainstream sound on "Loaded". Does that mean it fails as a VU record? No. It still has the charisma, writing and fun of the past few records and, while there are a couple of cuts that fall a little bit short of the mark, it's a massively enjoyable "sellout" album overall.

Fav Tracks: Rock & Roll, Oh! Sweet Nuthin', Who Loves The Sun, Sweet Jane, I Found A Reason, Lonesome Cowboy Bill

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ChukPizel
85
In many ways you could say that this is a “sellout” album. Yet it still is true to the velvet underground’s sound and still has its charms.
Ian_Kal
98
No matter what way you see it, The velvet underground have a pretty much perfect discography, its like picking which pile of cash you'd rather have, A 1000 dollars, B 1000 dollars, C 1000 dollars, of D 1000 dollars, seriously
StellaTheDiver
89
Loaded, pff, more like Loaded with fun!.. Loaded leaves behind any sort of experimental and avant-garde sound, and instead embraces full pop rock. It's simply a laid back album, with alot of catchy tune, and playful lyrics and instrumentation. Velevt really manages to get a smile on a face in this record.

Favs: Rock and Roll, Sweet Jane, Oh! Sweet Nuthin'
ChesterPaccini
97
This is the album were Lou Reed and most of the original Velvet Underground said "F*** you" to the music industry and made a clean and mainstream rock n roll album after years of people saying they only do weird/Avantgarde music and can't make commercially successful music. This is about as tight as a rock n roll album can be, although it compromises on some of the creative aspects that made TVU who they were.
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Track List

  1. Who Loves The Sun
  2. Sweet Jane
  3. Rock And Roll
  4. Cool It Down
  5. New Age
  6. Head Held High
  7. Lonesome Cowboy Bill
  8. I Found A Reason
  9. Train Round The Bend
  10. Oh! Sweet Nuthin'
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