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  • Audio CD (23 April 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sire
  • ASIN: B000002LKS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,310 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

1 x CD Album
Europe 1990

2Open House4:17
3Style It Takes2:54
5Trouble With Classicists3:41
7Faces And Names4:12
9Slip Away (A Warning)3:05
10It Wasn't Me3:30
11I Believe3:17
12Nobody But You3:45
13A Dream6:33
14Forever Changed4:51
15Hello It's Me3:03

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegy to Warhol 24 Aug 2003
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
Songs for Drella (1990) remains a highlight in both Cale and Reed's lengthy careers- it forms part of Reed's strongest trilogy of albums since the Velvets demise (the others being New York, 1988 & Magic&Loss, 1992) Reed & Cale had infamously fallen out when in The Velvet Underground & had not worked together since- this collaboration, along with Moe Tucker's contribution to New York, would lead to the VU temporarily reforming (the resulting live album containing some wonderful takes on classics like Beginning to See the Light & Femme Fatale). Songs for Drella is one based around a limited musical soundscape (Reed on Vocals/Guitar; Cale on keyboards/vocals/viola) & one that has a sense of improvisation. It was a work primarily written for performance- like Tom Waits recent Alice/Blood Money setz- so perhaps some of the songs are more theatrical than melodic; but I like the whole journey around a fictional take on Warhol's life from people who were once close to him...(the final track on New York leads here...)
The tracks with Cale on lead vocals stand out- Style It Takes (wonderfully performed on Fragments for a Rainy Season),Trouble with Classicists (great guitar from Reed), A Dream & (especially) Forever Changed stand out. Reed also gets to sing some great songs- the amusing Smalltown, the ethos of Work (up there with There is No Time), the spleen-venting I Believe (Valerie Solanis surfacing...) & especially the touching Hello It's Me- which shows that its possible to continue discourse with the dead: "I know it's late in coming but it's the only way I know/Hello it's me- goodnight Andy.../Goodbye Andy"-
Songs for Drella is a more experimental/improvisational work- unlike albums like White Light/White Heat, Berlin, & Paris 1919 which all sounded crafted and meticulously arranged.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a must-have for all serious VU fans 10 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Something of an oddity, this is largely a lyrically-driven album - some of the tracks feel more like poetry with musical backing than actual songs. Most of the time this works, but in places it gets a bit shakey. That said, there are several tracks of absolute genius that make this album a must-have for all serious VU fans. My favourites are 'a dream', which is a hauntingly beautiful interior monologue read by John Cale (that voice!) to a marvellous ambient backing track, and 'forever changed', which features an awesome, driving piano-riff (reminiscent of 'all tomorrow's parties', but more angular) and some lovely, harsh guitar work from Lou Reed. Other stand-out tracks are 'trouble with classicists', 'slip away' and 'hello it's me'.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 11 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album could have been so bad. Take two ex-band members who continually fall out with one another and get them to pen a song cycle about the life, art and death of their late mentor Andy Warhol. Oh yes, and you are only allowed to use three instruments and none of them can be bass, drums or percussion. Despite the impossible odds though, Lou Reed and John Cale pull off a fascinating tribute which is funny, moving, insightful and brilliant.

"Smalltown" is a hilarious semi-fictional account of Warhol's humble origins played out in Cale's trademark morse-code piano. The superb "Open House" then jumps ahead in time with the bizarre chorus "It's a Czechoslovakian custom my Mother passed on to me, the way to make friends Andy is invite them up for Tea". Cale then takes the vocals and his viola for the beautiful "Style it Takes" about Warhol's shameless use of flattery and manipulation in the pusuit of money and success. "Work" recounts an argument with Warhol in the 60's when he demanded to know how many songs Reed had written that day. Reed, having written none says he has written 10 to which Warhol replies "You won't be young forever! You should have written 15". Of course one slowly realises that this is 25 years later and Reed has finally written his 15 songs for Andy in this album. "Trouble With Classicists" depicts Andy's views on art and painting (yet is still melodic and engrossing) while "Starlight" describes his move into art-house cinema. "Faces and Names" then slows the pace down by delving into his claustrophobic love life.

"Images" tries to capture the frenzied reasoning behind his multiple screen prints and contains the great line "You might find that images are boring...and you might find me personally boring".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting tribute to Andy Warhol 12 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"Songs For Drella" is one of the best albums released by either Lou Reed or John Cale - considering their history, that's saying something. "Drella" was a nickname for Velvets cohort Andy Warhol - a cross between Cinderella and Dracula! This record is a haunting tribute to the man, made without sentimentality but struck through with a musical and lyrical beauty. Some of the tracks are harsh and direct but it's on the simpler, acoustic tracks, backed by John Cales viola playing, where the real magic shines through. Stunning stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely gorgeous 15 Nov 1999
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Format:Audio CD
their styles are so opposite (Reed so confrontational and frank, Cale much gentler and more evasive) that they are perfect foils for one another, creating this nearly perfect whole. It's so wordy, so concept heavy and referrential - yet absolutely without elitism or art-snobbery. You don't have to know anything about Warhol to love this album - though it helps. More than once I have found myself in tears somewhere between "slip away" and "dream"... but "smalltown", "trouble with classicists" and "work" are pure joy, bewilderingly funny. I can't say enough about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A best buy!
Published 6 days ago by bmcream
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool cats lament the passing of a cool cat.
5 stars obligatory out of respect for the dead. Fans of the Velvet Underground, Cale and Reed will enjoy it. It is a touching tribute to an artist and the era in which he lived.
Published 8 months ago by Bronstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Judged And Memorably Poignant
Strangely enough, with Lou Reed's recent passing, this album he made in 1990 with John Cale, as a tribute to their former collaborator and mentor Andy Warhol (who had died three... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou & John remember Andy
Since Lou Reed`s recent death, I`ve found myself reassessing his music, in a way I seldom do - or need to do? - with an artist. Read more
Published 10 months ago by GlynLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving
Great eg of Cale and Reed, fantastic lyrics, full of emotion and makes you think. Smalltown brilliant - "you hate it and you know you have to leave".
Published 11 months ago by Arthur's pal
As members of the Velvet Underground Cale and Reed spent a long time with Andreij Warhola in the Factory. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Otto el piloto
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou....Cale...Andy..A Dream Team....
Epic feel like all their best work...almost unbearably sad at times. If you liked "Factory Girl" or" i Sho Andy Warhol" you ought to buy. .. Read more
Published 15 months ago by ronnie jones
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful album
One of Uncle Lou's very best - wry, sardonic, touching, funny.

The album is about Andy Warhol - nickname 'Drella (an amalgam of Cinderella and Dracula). Read more
Published 15 months ago by the dilettante
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Lou Reed and John Cale at their best, wonderfull! Bring back words that mean something in music and make you think
Published 18 months ago by MMR
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