Listen To An Unreleased Velvet Underground Song ‘I’m Not A Young Man Anymore’

The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat

Universal Music are celebrating the 45th anniversary of legendary Velvet Underground album White Light/White Heat by reissuing a three-disc set which includes stereo and mono mixes with bonus tracks on both, as well as a live show from 1967. The 30-track reissue was presided over by John Cale and the late (great) Lou Reed, and are packed full of alternative mixes, alternative takes, and many other goodies.

Included is apparently the only known version of the Velvet’s song “I’m Not A Young Man Anymore”. It’s a wonderful pounding blues song, with a guitar line that doesn’t stop moving. Lou Reed’s vocals cut through the mix, infusing the repeated phrase of ‘I’m not a young man anymore’ with an unknown menace and subtle violence. The sound is wonderfully lo-fi and raucous, and it’s a delight to listen to. It seems like the long-lost brother of the mighty “Sister Ray”, the last cut off of White Light/White Heat, and promises a lot of great material from that last disk.

The reissue is due to released on December 3rd, but you can pre-order it here. Check out the tracklist below, then listen to “I’m Not A Young Man Anymore” underneath that.

White Light/White Heat Reissue Tracklist:

Disc One: White Light/White Heat (Stereo Version)
01. White Light / White Heat
02. The Gift
03. Lady Godivas Operation
04. Here She Comes Now
05. I Heard Her Call My Name
06. Sister Ray
07. I Heard Her Call My Name (Alternate Take)
08 Guess I’m Falling in Love (Instrumental Version)
09. Temptation Inside Your Heart (Original Mix)
10. Stephanie Says (Original Mix)
11. Hey Mr. Rain (Version One)
12. Hey Mr. Rain (Version Two)
13. Beginning to See the Light (Previously Unreleased Early Version)

Disc Two: White Light/White Heat (Mono Version)
01. White Light / White Heat
02. The Gift
03. Lady Godivas Operation
04. Here She Comes Now
05. I Heard Her Call My Name
06. Sister Ray
07. White Light / White Heat (Mono Single Mix)
08. Here She Comes Now (Mono Single Mix)
09. The Gift (Vocal Version)
10. The Gift (Instrumental Version)

Disc Three: Live at the Gymnasium New York City, April 30, 1967
01. Booker T.
02. I’m Not a Young Man Anymore
03. Guess I’m Falling in Love
04. I’m Waiting for the Man
05. Run Run Run
06. Sister Ray
07. The Gift

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