Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes

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Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes
Live album by
ReleasedOctober 16, 2001 (2001-10-16)
RecordedMay, November–December 1969, St. Louis and San Francisco, United States
LabelPolydor Records; and
Universal Records (314 589 067-2)
ProducerThe Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground chronology
Final V.U. 1971–1973
Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes
The Complete Matrix Tapes
Professional ratings
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Robert ChristgauA−[2]
Pitchfork Media(9.4/10)[3]

Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes is a triple live album by The Velvet Underground. It was released on October 16, 2001, by Polydor, the record label overseeing the band's UMG back catalogue. It was recorded by Robert Quine, a fan of the band who would later become an influential guitarist, playing with Richard Hell, Lou Reed, and Lloyd Cole.

The Quine Tapes[edit]

During 1969, the Velvet Underground toured the United States and Canada, playing well over 70 dates. By this time, the band had picked up a sizeable fan base and every now and then a fan would bring along, with consent of the band, recording equipment to record a set. Most of the time, this would mean relatively simple hand-held recorders resulting in lo-fi mono audience recordings, as with this set and the live album Live at Max's Kansas City (1972) (1969: The Velvet Underground Live was the notable exception, using stereo soundboard recordings).

Robert Quine, an avid Velvet Underground fan, used to travel to as many concerts as possible. He became friends with the band and they allowed him to record sets from the audience, occasionally asking for playbacks. Quine recorded many concerts, but as his original musicassette tapes began to wear out, he compiled four reels of what he considered the best material. These "best-of" reels were ultimately released in 2001 as the present The Quine Tapes set. The original musicassettes from which the reels were compiled no longer exist.

Musically, The Quine Tapes finds the band in the same phase in their history as documented on 1969—the two sets even share a performance of "Rock and Roll", recorded at the same concert by both Quine and the Matrix sound personnel. Quine's tapes, although lo-fi audience recordings, capture much more of the music's ambience, especially in the larger venues, such as Washington University in St. Louis. Additionally, The Quine Tapes contains songs that the band only rarely performed by this time, such as "Sunday Morning", "Venus in Furs" and "The Black Angel's Death Song", along with other obscurities such as "Over You", "Ride into the Sun", and "Follow the Leader", which had never even been bootlegged in its original form.

The Bootleg Series[edit]

The Quine Tapes is, to date, the only entry in the Bootleg Series. The second volume was to be a recording of an April 1967 show at The Gymnasium in New York City, which marked the live debut of "Sister Ray". Two songs from the show, "Guess I'm Falling in Love" and "Booker T", appeared on the box set Peel Slowly and See (1995), and the full show was released in December 2013 as part of the "Super Deluxe" reissue of White Light/White Heat. It contains the only known recorded performance of "I'm Not a Young Man Anymore".[citation needed]

Monetary disputes between the band and Universal have apparently put a hold on future entries in the series.[citation needed] This same dispute over a revised contract also kept "Miss Joanie Lee," recorded during a rehearsal at Andy Warhol's Factory, from appearing on the deluxe two-disc reissue of The Velvet Underground & Nico.[citation needed]


All tracks are written by Lou Reed, except where noted.

Disc 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording date and venueLength
1."I'm Waiting for the Man" November 8, 1969, Family Dog Ballroom7:46
2."It's Just Too Much" November 8, 1969, Family Dog Ballroom4:08
3."What Goes On" November 8, 1969, Family Dog Ballroom8:25
4."I Can't Stand It" November 8, 1969, Family Dog Ballroom6:20
5."Some Kinda Love" November 8, 1969, Family Dog Ballroom4:48
6."Foggy Notion"Reed, Sterling Morrison, Doug Yule, Maureen Tucker, Hy WeissNovember 8, 1969, Family Dog Ballroom4:41
7."Femme Fatale" November 7, 1969, Family Dog Ballroom3:14
8."After Hours" November 8, 1969, Family Dog Ballroom3:05
9."I'm Sticking with You" November 8, 1969, Family Dog Ballroom2:48
10."Sunday Morning"Reed, John CaleNovember 9, 1969, Family Dog Ballroom2:56
11."Sister Ray"Reed, Cale, Morrison, TuckerNovember 7, 1969, Family Dog Ballroom24:03
Disc 2
1."Follow the Leader" November 27, 1969, The Matrix17:05
2."White Light/White Heat" December 1, 1969, The Matrix10:03
3."Venus in Furs" December 1, 1969, The Matrix5:14
4."Heroin" November 23, 1969, The Matrix8:11
5."Sister Ray"Reed, Cale, Morrison, TuckerDecember 3, 1969, The Matrix38:00
Disc 3
1."Rock and Roll" November 25, 1969, The Matrix6:49
2."New Age" November 24, 1969, The Matrix11:21
3."Over You" November 25, 1969, The Matrix2:41
4."The Black Angel's Death Song"Reed, CaleNovember 23, 1969, The Matrix5:54
5."I'm Waiting for the Man" November 27, 1969, The Matrix11:37
6."Ride into the Sun" November 24, 1969, The Matrix11:11
7."Sister Ray/Foggy Notion"Reed, Cale, Morrison, Tucker/Reed, Morrison, Yule, Tucker, WeissMay 11, 1969, Washington University28:43


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