The Velvet Underground are preparing a re-issue of their second album, the left-field masterpiece White Light/White Heat. A three-disc edition of the seminal proto-punk album will be available via Universal Music on December 3rd.
Curated by founding Velvets Lou Reed and John Cale, the deluxe edition of White Light/White Heat will include both mono and stereo versions of the album as well as a slew of rare songs like “Hey Mr. Rain.” Alternate versions of songs that would eventually appear on the Velvet Underground’s self-titled third LP will also appear in the collection, as well as the last session John Cale ever recorded with the group (Cale quit the band after White Light/White Heat‘s release). The collection is rounded out by a live performance at the Gymnasium in New York City in 1967, featuring a setlist that predictably leans on the noisier side of the band’s repertoire.
“No one listened to [the album],” Lou Reed said in a statement, “but there it is, forever-the quintessence of articulate punk. No one comes near it.”