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The Classic Years  - Nico (Compilation) - 1965-1974
Label: Polygram 314565185-2 (USA)
Format: CD
From: Germany
My rating: 7/10

Entered: 07/23/2002
Last updated: 07/23/2002

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I bought this compilation to replace my copy of 'Chelsea Girls', which was one of many CDs that I sacrificed when I moved to the USA in 1997. This 19-track disc has four tracks from that album, including the two I like best. It also includes perhaps the most exquisite Velvet Underground tracks: "I'll be your mirror," "Femme fatale," and "All tomorrow's parties."

As an extra bonus, there's both the A and B sides of the single Nico cut in 1965 with Andrew Loog Oldham, 'I'm not saying'. I'm rather taken with the title cut, a jaunty folk-pop song with a great chord sequence.

The final 10 tracks on the compilation are taken from her albums with John Cale, and a bit more hard-going, featuring Nico's work on the harmonium, and lots of bizarre sound effects. One of the more accessible tracks is the piano-driven 'Afraid'. I don't mean to diss the other tracks, which are undeniably powerful and intense. I just don't feel like listening to them right now.

All in all, this is a nice compilation; the inclusion of 'I'm not saying' makes it well worth having.
Nico recommendations at Musical Taste
   Iíll keep it with mine
   roses in the snow
   Iím not saying
   These Days
   Fairest of the seasons
   You forgot to answer
   frozen warnings

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