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Customer Reviews

Beauty and fear, rewarding and challenging

Great record lovely songs and challenging primal ones too. It's not perfect which is part of its raw charm.

no fear, no record collection

John Cale was one of the most interesting of performers and writers back in the 70's and this album has a bit of everything, post Velvets psychotic rock and roll to beautiful orchestrally based ballads. He's still writing challenging things but for me this and Paris 1919 were the high points.


Born: 09 March 1942 in Garnant, Wales

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

While John Cale is one of the most famous and, in his own way, influential underground rock musicians, he is also one of the hardest to pin down stylistically. Much has been made of his schooling in classical and avant-garde music, yet much of what he's recorded has been decidedly song-oriented, dovetailing close to the mainstream at times. Terming him a forefather of punk and new wave isn't exactly accurate either. Those investigating his work for the first time under that premise may be surprised...
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