''The Velvet Underground & Nico'' is the debut album by American rock band The Velvet Underground and vocal collaborator Nico. It was originally released in March 1967 by Verve Records. Recorded in 1966 during Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable multimedia event tour, ''The Velvet Underground & Nico'' would gain notoriety for its experimentalist performance sensibilities, as well as its focus on controversial subject matter expressed in many of their songs.
Though largely ignored upon release, the record has since become one of the most influential and critically acclaimed rock albums in history, appearing at number thirteen on ''Rolling Stone'' magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time as well as being added to the 2006 National Recording Registry by the Librarian of Congress. - Wikipedia