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Classic Album Sundays Presents "The Velvet Underground & Nico" in Brussels
Sun, March 26, 2017, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM CEST
March 2017 marks fifty years since the release of one of the most iconic albums of all time. Accompanied by vocalist Nico, the album was recorded in 1966 while the group were featured on Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable multimedia event tour, which gained attention for its experimental performance sensibilities and controversial lyrical topics, including drug abuse, prostitution, sadism and masochism and sexual deviancy.
While it reportedly took over a decade for the album’s sales to crack six figures, glam, punk, new wave, goth, noise, and nearly every other left-of-center rock movement owes an audible debt to this set. While The Velvet Underground had as distinctive a sound as any band, what’s most surprising about this album is its diversity.
Join us in the cosy Bibliotheque of Le Cercle des Voyageurs to hear this album as never before. Of course you can bring food and drink from the bar to the event.
We will begin with a musical lead up to set the album in context.
Next we will feature a presentation of the album, in English, by our special guest, Femke Dekker. Curator, promoter and DJ (Strange Boutique, MyLittleUnderground, Red Light Radio), Femke is also our CAS Amsterdam musical host and she will be on hand to answer questions from the audience.
We then dim the lights, switch off phones and immerse ourselves in this wonderful album, on vinyl, on an audiophile system provided by Avantgarde Acoustic. You will hear the album in a way few ever get to, experiencing it closer to the artist’s original intention. For this session we will be playing the 45th Anniversary version, remastered from original tapes, kindly donated by Universal Records.
Audio Menu: Acoustic Signature Challenger MkIII turntable, Ortofon SPU Royal N cartridge, Audio Innovations Series 800 step-up, Audio Note M1 RIAA (modified) phono preamp, Avantgarde Acoustic XA Integrated amplifier, Avantgarde Duo XD horn loudspeakers.