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Listen to a Live Version of the Velvet Underground’s ‘I’m Waiting For the Man’

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A little over 45 years ago, the Velvet Underground released their self-titled third album, an record that marked a shift away from the sound of both their debut and the mind-melting ‘White Light, White Heat.’ To celebrate this anniversary of that landmark album, a variety of different editions of the album are being readied for upcoming release. Today, we offer you a preview of one of the extras in the form of a live version of the Lou Reed classic, ‘I’m Waiting For the Man,’ a song that originally appeared on their 1967 debut. Listen to it above.

The version heard here was recorded live at the Matrix Club in San Francisco in November of 1969 as the new lineup of the band — with Doug Yule replacing the departed John Cale — were taking their game on the road. While some of the material recorded at the Matrix on this tour was used for the ‘Live 1969′ album that was released in 1974, the remix here is much clearer — almost startlingly so!

‘The Velvet Underground’ re-issue is set for release on Nov. 25 in a variety of packages. There is the standard single-disc remaster, vinyl LP, two-CD ‘Deluxe Edition,’ and the massive six-CD package, which comes housed in a case-bound book featuring several different mixes of the album (including the legendary ‘closet mix’) as well as unreleased live recordings from the Matrix in 1969.

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