“Heavenly Wine and Roses . . .”
This is Forced Choice Poll.
When you post, you can give your detailed description of “Well, it depends . . .” but when you vote in the Poll you’ve got to make a stand and choose one or the other.
Before I became familiar with The Velvet Underground, I was turned on to the Cowboy Junkies album The Trinity Session- I was a Freshman in high school, this would have been about two years after the Cowboy Junkies album was first released. So, this was my first introduction to the song- and it has the bridge.
Noteworthy: according to the Wiki page for “Sweet Jane”, Lou Reed considered the Cowboy Junkies’ version to be “the best and most authentic version” he had ever heard.
So, as a high school kid into music I was inspired to now find out about The Velvet Underground (inspiration came also from Jane’s Addiction’s version of “Rock and Roll” which, similarly, I heard before knowing the Velvet Underground version).
I started with The Best of The Velvet Underground: Words and Music of Lou Reed. No Bridge!
I played this CD so much that it was burned into my brain before I ever moved on to seeking out the original albums. It was one of those “This compilation album is so good I’m afraid of being disappointed by the rest of the catalogue” situations. So, by the time I heard any other Velvet Underground recordings the “No Bridge” version was burned into my brain as the “official” version.
Ever since- except for the Cowboy Junkies version- the bridge just sounds like it doesn’t belong. Sometimes I include it when I sing the song myself while playing guitar, and it just doesn’t feel right.
I still love the Cowboy Junkies version- the first version I ever heard- but as a Velvet Underground song I am going to have to vote for “No Bridge”.