CD-2 from "The Velvet Underground, Bootleg Series 1: The Quine Tapes". CD-2 in its entirety. The Series 1 set contains 3 CDs. CD-2 contains recordings from The Matrix club, San Francisco, Nov.-Dec., 1969
1. Follow the Leader 17:05 11-27-69
2. White Light/White Heat 10:03 12-01-69
3. Venus in Furs 5:14 12-01-69
4. Heroin 8:11 11-23-69
5. Sister Ray 37:04 12-03-69
The Velvet Underground's 1969 Lineup (John Cale & Nico had left the band):
-Lou Reed -- vocals, rhythm and lead guitar
-Sterling Morrison -- lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals
-Doug Yule -- bass guitar, organ, backing vocals
-Maureen Tucker -- percussion
These recordings come from audience tapes recorded by Robert Quine, then a fan of The Velvet Underground. Years later, Quine came to prominence himself as an admired guitarist in Richard Hell & the Voidoids, & eventually got to play guitar with Lou on two Lou Reed albums, "The Blue Mask", & "Legendary Hearts", & he toured with Lou as part of his band in the 1980s.
From Quine's original CD liner notes:
QUOTE: "In 1968, I became a rabid Velvet Underground fan and spent countless hours on headphones learning from them...The Velvet Underground came to San Francisco and stayed for nearly a month. They started out with three nights at The Family Dog,
a large Fillmore-type space. A number of hippies brought tambourines and harmonicas to "do their thing" with the group. But the sound
was great for recording - the band was able to play really loud.
After that, they played The Matrix,, a fairly small club, for several weeks, and I taped most of those performances. In the beginning,
there weren't many people in the audience. There were a few nights when they started the first set with only four or five people in the club!
Under those circumstances, the group couldn't help but notice me and they were very friendly, putting me on the guest list every night and
inviting me to hang out with them in the dressing room between sets. They appreciated the fact that I was so serious about recording them,
and Lou Reed would occasionally "warn" me when they were going to do something special, like 'Black Angel's Death Song'. Sometimes,
backstage, they'd ask me to play back a particular song they¹d done in the previous set.
They also invited me to watch their occasional rehearsals at the club. They'd work on arrangements for new songs, such as 'Ride Into The Sun' and
'New Age'. They got along quite well - there wasn't the slightest hint of whatever problems they would experience recording Loaded a few months later.
I got the opportunity to spend quite a few hours talking with Lou Reed about music. We'd sometimes go to this hot dog place across the street from the
club (I think it was called Coney Island Franks) and talk about how incredible it was in 1955 to be a kid and first discover rock & roll - doo wop, rockabilly,
Little Richard, Bo Diddley, etc. Regarding contemporary stuff, Lou was especially fond of the Stones. As for guitarists, he was very enthusiastic about a Byrds
concert he'd seen at the Village Gate in 1966, where McGuinn took an incredible extended solo on 'Eight Miles High'. And he was rightfully quite proud of his
own guitar soloing on songs like 'I Heard Her Call My Name' but was also resigned to the fact that most people weren't ready for it yet. Anyway, the VU gradually
built up an enthusiastic following at The Matrix and by the time they left, the place was always packed...[Thanks go to] the Velvet Underground - for contributing so much to the world of music and for their generosity to a crazed fan a long time ago.
Listening to this stuff all these years later, I'm ultimately the same fan I was in 1969."
-- Robert Quine