Peeling the Torso Sticker on the Velvet Underground and Nico?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Supafly, Aug 16, 2012.

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  1. Supafly

    Supafly Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Has anyone tried it? I know people do this with the second state butcher covers. I doubt Ill try it but I am curious if anyone had any success with this.
     
  2. McLover

    McLover Forum Resident

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    I wouldn't! The Torso sticker is pretty rare.
     
  3. lennonfan1

    lennonfan1 Forum Resident

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    don't do it. the thick adhesive on the sticker is bound to ruin what is underneath.
     
  4. floweringtoilet

    floweringtoilet Forum Resident

    Ditto. Don't even try it! Keep in mind, third state butcher covers are more valuable than second state (peeled) ones. Your record is a historical artifact just as it is. Don't mess it up. Leave it as is.
     
  5. John DeAngelis

    John DeAngelis Senior Member

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    What exactly are we talking about here? What's the torso sticker?
     
  6. Yep. I've seen a couple of examples where someone tried to remove the sticker and it was indeed a, uh, butcher job.
     
  7. Raf

    Raf Forum Resident

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    I once tried to peel the skull from the cover of White Light/White Heat. It didn't end well.
     
  8. John DeAngelis

    John DeAngelis Senior Member

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    What's a torso sticker?
     
  9. Alan T

    Alan T Forum Resident

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    No - Don't try to remove it
     
  10. Stone Turntable

    Stone Turntable Dedicated Listener

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    My copy has the top half of the banana peeled off and the half peel was then ripped off and stuck on to the middle of the front cover, and its adhesive has dried to the consistency of concrete and has bonded to the white cover like epoxy. Let it be.
     
  11. Supafly

    Supafly Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I am going to let it be. I was just curious. I know some people with the Butchers cover have specialized in taking them off. I didnt know if this existed with the torso sticker. Man I really wish my banana wasn't peeled though.
     
  12. fortherecord

    fortherecord Forum Resident

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    Don't try it, I ruined one years ago. I didn't think it was going to be a collector's item.
     
  13. John DeAngelis

    John DeAngelis Senior Member

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    Thanks for the "Torso sticker" picture. I bought the album when it first came out. No torso sticker!
     
  14. stereoptic

    stereoptic Anaglyphic GORT Staff

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    So your's looks like this (found on the web)?
     

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  15. John DeAngelis

    John DeAngelis Senior Member

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    Yes.
     
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  16. McLover

    McLover Forum Resident

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    And the mono mix of this classic is definitive. Love it's punch and clarity. It rocks better and hides the warts of the low budget recording sessions best.
     
  17. Stone Turntable

    Stone Turntable Dedicated Listener

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    I peeled off the mono on my copy, revealing the delicious stereo goodness underneath, and have never regretted it.
     
  18. Buckyball

    Buckyball Forum Resident

    They stopped using the sticker once they had re-printed the back cover with the "torso" image air-brushed. This is what the reprinted cover looks like:

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  19. McLover

    McLover Forum Resident

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    Interesting photo. US cover if not with US record meant for export to Germany from the appearances. Is the LP a USA pressing? Thanks for posting this photo of the revised cover.
     
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