Polydor/UMeAn expansive six-CD version of The Velvet Underground‘s critically acclaimed self-titled third album will be released November 24. The Velvet Underground: 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition features two separate stereo mixes of the 1969 album, as well as a mono mix, a disc of 1969 recordings originally intended for the influential rock act’s fourth release, and two CDs of live tracks from a pair of November 1969 San Francisco concerts.

Prior to the recording of The Velvet Underground, the Lou Reed-led band had welcomed new singer/bassist Doug Yule, who replaced founding member John Cale. The album, which found the group moving away from the noisy experimental sound featured on many songs on its first two records, was populated with such sonically delicate, introspective tunes as “Pale Blue Eyes,” “Candy Says,” “Jesus,” and “I’m Set Free.”

The CD containing the aforementioned 1969 sessions includes mostly previously unreleased mixes of songs that appeared on the rarities collections VU and Another View, which were issued in 1985 and 1988, respectively. Among the songs are early versions of tunes that eventually appeared on some of Reed’s solo albums, including “Andy’s Chest,” “Ocean,” “I Can’t Stand It,” and “Lisa Says.”

The two live discs boast songs the band’s from the band’s November 26 and 27, 1969, shows at San Francisco’s The Matrix, a club owned by Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin. Most of these tracks also have not been released before.

The updated Velvet Underground album also will be sold in several other configurations, including a two-CD set featuring a remastered version of the album and a disc of select recordings from the Matrix concerts; a single CD; and digital editions of the single-disc record and the Super Deluxe set.

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