Given that The Velvet Underground were essentially a far-out R&B band, you can almost imagine “Sister Ray”as a single on Stax in 1968, the 17-minute album version cut down and split into Part 1 and Part 2. Instead, the single went out into instant oblivion on the Pickwick label, the organization Lou Reed was associated with before The Velvet Underground came to be.
Of course, there was no “Sister Ray” single, but there could have been and maybe should have been.
Sister Ray (pt. 1): 3:04
Sister Ray (pt. 2): 3:21