The Velvet Underground’s landmark 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground and Nico, will be reissued as a deluxe two-CD set on March 5th by Polydor.
The first disc will feature the original stereo version of album, recorded in April and May of 1966. Also included will be five songs from Nico’s Chelsea Girl, recorded during the same sessions with the Velvets — guitarist Lou Reed, drummer Maureen Tucker, guitarist Sterling Morrison and multi-instrumentalist John Cale — serving as the German singer’s backing band.
The second disc will contain the mono mix of the album, the first time it has been issued on CD, as well as “Miss Joanie Lee,” a previously unreleased track from a January 1966 rehearsal. The song is thought to be the Velvets’ earliest recording as a band — the 1995 box set Peel Slowly and See features a collection of 1965 demos recorded in Cale’s loft, but Tucker did not play on them.