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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

John Cale



4-22-08 John Cale

CD ACADEMY IN PERIL, THE REPRISE US 2079.2

12" ANIMAL JUSTICE ILLEGAL UK IL 003

CD ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE BEGGARS B UK BBL 68CD

CD BLACK ACETATE EMI UK 334378.2

CD CALE STREET pirate GREAT DANE GDRCD 9217

LP CARIBBEAN SUNSET ISLAND/ZE UK ILPS 7024

CD DOWN AT THE END OF LONELY STREET pirate ARCHIVIO IT ARCCD 006

LP DRIFT STUDY pirate PIRATE 13485

CD EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES DANCETERIA DANCD 113

CD FEAR ISLAND UK CID 9301

CD FRAGMENTS OF A RAINY SEASON HANNIBAL US HNCD 1372

LP GUTS (Collection) ISLAND UK ILPS 9459

7" HALLELUJAH / (Leonard Cohen Version) COLUMBIA NL 657664.7

LP HEAR "FEAR" - AN INTERVIEW with JOHN CALE promo ISLAND US IXP 2

CD HELEN OF TROY ISLAND UK IMCD 177

CD HOBO SAPIENS EMI UK 93909.2

CD HONI SOIT A&M UK 394849.2

LP JOHN CALE COMES ALIVE ISLAND/ZE UK ILPS 7026

CD MUSIC FOR A NEW SOCIETY RHINO US R2 71743

CD PARIS 1919 re RHINO UK 74060.2

CD PARIS S'EVEILLE CREPUSCULE TWI 952.2

CD SABOTAGE A&M/SPY CAN CD 004

CDx2 SEDUCING DOWN THE DOOR (Collection) RHINO US R2 71685

CD SLOW DAZZLE ISLAND UK CID 9317

CD SOLO PERFORMANCE, BELGIUM '83 pirate FIRE POWER FP-036

CDx2 ST. VALENTINE'S NIGHT pirate FIRE POWER FP-035

LP VERY DEAD CHICKEN pirate PIRATE EU 763215

CD VINTAGE VIOLENCE re COLUMBIA US CK 65935

CD WALKING ON LOCUSTS HANNIBAL US HNCD 1395

With Eno

CD WORDS FOR THE DYING OPAL US 26024.2

With LCS Soundsystem

7" ALL MY FRIENDS EMI UK 394934.7

With Lou Reed

CD SONGS FOR DRELLA SIRE US 26140.2

I had to cut this list down a bit, only leaving in absolutely essential singles. I’ve seen Mr. Cale lots of times – I still maintain that he was the loudest act I’ve ever seen. Lots of fun, too. I met him once, and many of my original LP’s are autographed.

I really liked his recent studio album “Black Acetate”; I wish his single with LCD Soundsystem “All My Friends” was available on CD, but it doesn’t look like it is. And the recently re-mastered “Paris 1919” is illuminating, and it’s one of my favorite albums, all around.

Still very partial to his “Island Years” – “Fear”, “Slow Dazzle”, “Helen of Troy” and “Guts” (for good measure). “Sabotage” is really great, too – try putting the LP on, turn out the lights, turn it up – and have a beer, standing there is the dark. Magic!

Again, I offer up the scan of some of my many John Cale concert tickets. Yes, I went to all of these shows. Can’t remember which shows were better than others, but…mostly, he was real loud. And good.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Jim Donato said...

I saw Cale twice. Once, a fiasco at Sleep Out Louie's where talk had it, $1K and a certain amount of coke booked the deal. A man who taught English at my former Junior High School had booked the show! I never got a chance to ask him about Cale. I'd heard he'd had to take it on the lam due to a trumped up morals charge...moved to the Pacific Northwest, they said.

But I digress. In 1985 Cale was a mess. He could not play the guitar. He could barely play the piano. It was like watching a slow motion car wreck.

By the late 20th century, I had since become a big Cale fan, thanks to my wife insisting we buy more Cale I happened to have many collaborative albums in my collection and she wanted to hear more. I never bought solo material because of that show. Fear was the first thing she bought on her own and that album pushed me over the brink. We then acquired a lot more Cale and I was amazed at the reach of his art. This one man rendered almost everything else obsolete as he was capable of masterful work in nearly every niche rock had to offer.

10-19-2004 We caw an amazing Cale show at The Orange Peel, where he played a nearly 3 hour show for an audience of about 50. Top 5 show for sure. He played everything I had wanted to hear but it was all incredible. Even the few songs I didn't recognize. "Gun" was performed in an incredible 12 minute arrangement, sadly, not the same one on his otherwise ace "Circus" live 2xCD+DVD. The arrangement on that release frankly, bites.

I have never heard a Cale album I didn't love. Heck, even his album of Dylan Thomas poetry set to classical music is a sterling release. Just hearing the dignity in his voice is inspiring.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Jim Donato said...

P.S.
In either case, Cale was not particularly loud. The loudest show? Killing Joke, maybe?

10:34 AM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

I have seen Cale a real mess a few times (like when I met him in '83 or so). But the Whisky shows from the era of "Sabotage" - loudest thing I ever saw. Louder than Deep Purple.

6:24 PM  
Blogger chas_m said...

Jim -- yeah, the KJ show takes the award. I remember us coming out of there (with Tom?) and YELLING at each other in order to be understood, our ears were buzzing so!! :)

As for Cale, I'm shocked that Ron apparently does not have WRONG WAY UP, my favourite record of that year. Cale really brings out the best in Eno.

I don't have much Cale in my collection, and I really must do something about that. I think I've been waiting for a definitive box set ...

... o' God? :)

4:30 PM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

Chas - Start with Paris 1919, then get Fear, then Slow Dazzle, then Helen of Troy, then Sabotage. Take a deep breath. Then get drunk.

5:03 PM  

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