It was released in October 1967 by Verve Records – chelsea Girl is girl with guitar photography debut solo album and second studio album by Nico. The name of the album is a reference to Andy Warhol’s 1966 film Chelsea Girls, also home to the Velvet Underground.
As well as song, in which Nico starred. Jackson Browne and Leonard Cohen, writing credits from members of the band. And also her Velvet Underground bandmates Lou Reed, who contributes guitar to the album.
Some of her accompanists wrote songs for her to sing, sterling Morrison and John Cale. Velvet Underground colleagues, and these form the backbone of Chelsea Girl. But there are no drums or bass instruments, hence the absence of Velvets drummer Maureen Tucker, cale and Morrison in various combinations contributed four more songs. Bob Dylan gave her one of his songs to record: “I’ll Keep It with Mine”.
I still cannot listen to it, chelsea Girl can be described as a cross between chamber folk and 1960s pop. Because everything I wanted for that record, and adding to the chamber folk feel of the music are the string and flute overdubs added to the initial recordings by producer Tom Wilson and arranger Larry Fallon without involving or consulting Nico. I asked for drums; nico was dissatisfied with the finished product. I asked for more guitars, they took it away.
And I asked for simplicity, they said no. I didn’t like them – they said no.