The Velvet Underground – Another View

What I Think of When I Think of This Artist (part 4)

I started this blog in September 2019, I think? I took a few months off in the summer of 2020, but let’s call it a year and a half so far. The early days were fairly tedious. Not only did I have to convince myself to carry out this truly stupid undertaking, I also had to navigate the site design and figure out a format for the posts and so forth. Eventually, I needed a name for the site. I wanted it to be music-related but not obvious or dumb or self-aggrandizing (already characteristics of the posts themselves). I don’t remember if I was listening to this album around that time, but I must have been. And while I had owned the album for a bit, I clearly had not paid close attention to it, as “Ride Into the Sun” certainly wasn’t something I was conversant with. But “Ride Into the Sun” has become one of my favorite VU songs, and I thought it made for a good title. It is elegiac and can be interpreted either as hopeful or as foreboding, and the flexibility of the messaging appealed to me. The fact that it’s an instrumental (at least the version on this album is) also means there is no competing narrative to contend with. Ride Into the Sun. I think I will.

What I Think of This Album

Definitely not for anyone but completists, Another View is largely forgettable but still very enjoyable. Comprised of the less compelling missing tracks from 1967-69, it has three John Cale songs (though two of them are basically the same song) and six Doug Yule songs. If none is essential, that is okay. Though I happen to think “Ride Into the Sun” is essential.

“Ride Into the Sun” is a bewitching instrumental, with a crystalline clean lead guitar part followed by an overdriven lead guitar part (a pattern that is repeated) against some chunky rhythm playing. I assume it’s Sterling Morrison on lead and Lou Reed on rhythm, just based on the styles. It is damn near perfect. Another instrumental, the Cale-era “Guess I’m Falling In Love” is a nasty piece, full of energy and grit, with punishing drums from Maureen Tucker. Sandwiched in between is the very fun “Coney Island Steeplechase;” it sounds like Reed’s vocals are run through distortion on this one. Similarly amusing is “We’re Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together,” which amply delivers on its promise, despite its lyrical shortcomings. At a minimum, the early version of “Rock and Roll” (rerecorded for Loaded) is an interesting historical artifact. There are two versions of “Hey Mr. Rain” included, which brings a welcome return of Cale’s histrionic viola; I haven’t spent a lot of time with either version, but I prefer Version II. “Ferryboat Bill” is pure filler, but still better than the six-and-a-half minutes of blues workout “I’m Gonna Move Right In,” which I have no desire to ever hear again. Look, this may be the leftovers of the leftovers, but the band thought highly enough of “Real Good Time” and “Mr. Rain” to include them on their reunion tour set list.

The Best Thing About This Album

Like you had to ask. “Ride Into the Sun.”

Release Date

September, 1986

The Cover Art

I don’t approve of it, but it’s not terrible. The placement and spacing of the text leaves a lot to be desired.

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