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White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground

Contributed by Matthijs Sluiter on Jul 1st, 2015. Artwork published in .
    The original 1968 cover art sports Kabel on a black field. In the lower left corner, an even darker image of a tattooed skull.
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    The original 1968 cover art sports Kabel on a black field. In the lower left corner, an even darker image of a tattooed skull.

    White Light/White Heat is the second studio album by American rock band the Velvet Underground, released in 1968 by record label Verve. It was the band’s last recording with violist and founding member John Cale.

    Kenny Wilson blogs:

    Dylan had the thin, mercurial sound but the Velvet Underground had the loud, distorted, grating sound delivered to perfection on this second album. Nico is no longer present and the soft, folky ballads have gone apart from the song Here She Comes Now. The rest of it is self-consciously anti-beauty.

    Later releases of the LP are set in Kabel too, but on a different background image, or in a different composition. Other images, of the CD release (late 1980s?) of this album use the original composition, but are set in ITC Eras, for reasons unknown.

    The original 1968 cover art sports Kabel on a black field. In the lower left corner, an even darker image of a tattooed skull.
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    Back side original USA release. Information set in Futura.

    The original 1968 cover art sports Kabel on a black field. In the lower left corner, an even darker image of a tattooed skull.
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    Cover art for White Light/White Heat alternate UK cover, 1976.

    The original 1968 cover art sports Kabel on a black field. In the lower left corner, an even darker image of a tattooed skull.
    License: All Rights Reserved.

    For the release on cd, the type was changed to ITC Eras.

    The original 1968 cover art sports Kabel on a black field. In the lower left corner, an even darker image of a tattooed skull.
    License: All Rights Reserved.

    Back cover for the cd release.

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