With this two-disc set, Rhino jazzes up a crude-sounding but historic document from the Velvet Underground's summer 1970 stand at Max's Kansas City in New York.

With this two-disc set, Rhino jazzes up a crude-sounding but historic document from the Velvet Underground's summer 1970 stand at Max's Kansas City in New York. First released in 1972 on Atlantic's Cotillion subsidiary, the collection is augmented by half a dozen tracks not on the original LP. When she recorded the Velvets with her mono cassette recorder, Brigid Berlin didn't know she was capturing the great New York band's last gasp. But it's potent stuff: Even with one foot out the door, frontman Lou Reed delivers the goods, backed by guitarist Sterling Morrison and the rhythm section of brothers Doug and Billy Yule. Puissant versions of "I'm Waiting for the Man," "Pale Blue Eyes" and the inevitable "Sweet Jane" (in two versions) highlight a must-have for Velvet Underground enthusiasts.—CM