Spoiler: Background, explanation and other notes Though the Velvet Underground spent 1969 touring, they made periodic stops at The Record Plant to record some of the new songs they had developed on the road. These recordings likely would have made up their fourth album, had MGM not dumped them and kept ownership of the tapes; moreover, by the time they signed to Atlantic, their musical direction had shifted and they opted to record a brand-new batch of songs instead. The Plant sessions would be shelved until 1985, when they (along with some earlier outtakes) were rediscovered, brushed off, touched up and put out as VU and Another View. These two compilations have been a source of fascination and frustration ever since their release: fascination, because it gives a look at "the lost fourth album"; frustration, because that fabled album is split across two records and with unrelated sessions thrown into the mix. Thus, it's been a popular past-time for Velvets fans to put together their own version of the so-called lost album, using tracks from both compilations. This is my own take on such an endeavour— but, since this is an alternate history site, I've given it a bit of a spin. Instead of being built around what was recorded, this is built around what could have been recorded (based on what the band had written and was performing at the time) had things gone differently. So, the POD: The Velvets aren't prematurely dropped by MGM. Maybe new CEO Mike Curb (who purged the MGM catalogue of underperforming acts, including the Velvets) is brought on a bit later, and/or the Velvets are given a reprieve and allowed to fulfill their contract (since it was almost complete anyway— this would have been the second album in a two-album deal). Whatever the case, this means that the Velvets continue their periodic recording sessions— specifically, that they return to the studio through November and December to record several songs they had been debuting and testing live: "Only You", "New Age" and "Sweet Jane". At this point the band believes they have more than enough material to work with (17 songs total), and were beginning to figure out what they wanted to do with their next album— make it sound like their live shows: energetic and rollicking rock-and-roll, with a bit of an eye to a more 'accessible' and 'catchy' sound. The completed album is named Good Times with The Velvet Underground, in reference to the lead single "We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together" (itself a wry, sardonic joke about being 'more accessible'). Good Times… was a relative hit for the band— peaking at 157 on the Top 200— but nowhere near successful to avoid MGM's washing their hands of them. "Sweet Jane" and "Rock and Roll" would later become minor radio hits in the mid-late 70s, when they became staples of Lou Reed's solo performances.