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The Island Years [Box set, Double CD]

John Cale Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Aug 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Double CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000001E9K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,028 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Fear Is A Man's Best Friend 3:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Buffalo Ballet 3:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Barracuda 3:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Emily 4:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ship Of Fools 4:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Gun 8:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Man Who Couldn't Afford To Orgy 4:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. You Know Me More Than I Know 3:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Momamma Scuba 4:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sylvia Said (1995 Remix) 4:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. All I Want Is You 2:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Bamboo Floor 3:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mr. Wilson 3:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Taking It All Away 2:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Dirty Ass Rock 'N' Roll 4:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Darling I Need You 3:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Rollaroll 3:590.59  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Heartbreak Hotel 3:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Ski Patrol 2:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I'm Not The Loving Kind 3:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Guts 3:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Jeweller 4:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. My Maria 3:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Helen Of Troy 4:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. China Sea 2:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Engine 2:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Save Us 2:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Cable Hogue 3:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Keep A Close Watch 3:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Pablo Picasso 3:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Leaving It Up To You 4:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Baby What You Want Me To Do 4:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Sudden Death 4:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. You & Me 2:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Coral Moon 2:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Mary Lou 2:490.79  Buy MP3 

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5.0 out of 5 stars John Cale - A National Treasure 28 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
Just because an artist is great, does not mean the artist will sell a lot of records. Mr Cale (along with Mr Thompson et al) is one of Britain's geatest musical treasures. For almost 40 years now, he has consistently proven himself a highly inventive, original and visionary composer of pop songs and avant-garde instrumental works. He is unique and remarkably at 63, still producing stunning music. I went to see him play this year and although, sadly isn't nearly as manic as he once was (climbing under his keyboard for song or screaming like a lunatic!) seeing and hearing the statesman (for me a first) was still a powerful and wonderful experience. He genuinely appears to be one of the few artists that does not believe in pandering to his audience. It's his world and we can take it or leave it. It's easy to feel dissapointed that such an enduring artist is playing to appoximately 400 people per town and that his records (if ever they were not cult and lacked media attention) are selling mostly to harcore fans only now.

It doesn't matter.

John Cale, like all great artists transcends record sales and popularity polls. We are lucky to be able to enjoy such music from a genuine talent. Celebrate the man.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock n roll nirvana 1 Mar 2007
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If there is one good thing to be said about CD's, this-John Cale's Island anthology- should be exhibit A. All 3 of his Island albums plus a couple of extra tracks, in glorious sound, in a neat 2 CD package. It is among the most invigorating rock'n roll recorded in the 70's, a decade not exactly short of musical contenders. Cale's music in his Island years, to my ears, outstrips them all- yes, even his old buddy Lou Reed's work. Now this might seen like an outlandish claim, but listen to the music again, with the volume turned up loud. Some Dirty A-- Rock n' Roll !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible 8 Mar 2012
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What a magical release! I've had Cale's most accessible album Paris 1919 for some time. I used to play it as a kooky alternative to what I usually listen to (Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Nick Drake et al.) but slowly figured that this guy far outstrips them. I haven't figured out particularly why - it simply feels more truthful, everything from the voice to the arrangements. Check out the jeweller for faux-pas prose poetry. Do yourself a favour and buy it immediately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius 26 Jan 2007
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Lou Reed is far and away the most famous of the former members of The Velvet Underground, a situation that is grossly unfair to at least one of his fellow band members. John Cale has assembled a body of work that should have guaranteed him fame and fortune, but while he has received much critical acclaim, he remains criminally under-appreciated by the wider public.

In the first half of the '70s, he recorded 5 albums that are absolute classics: "Paris 1919", "Vintage Violence", and his 3 Island records ("Fear", "Slow Dazzle" and "Helen of Troy"). This 2CD anthology collects the whole of those Island albums (along with a handful of other tracks recorded at the same time) and shows a musical genius at the height of his powers.

Imagine a compilation including "Hunky Dory", "Ziggy Stardust" and "Aladdin Sane", or "Here Come the Warm Jets", "Taking Tiger Mountain" and "Another Green World". That's how great this music is: it is original, intelligent music of the highest calibre.

Actually, the Eno comparison is apt, as the man himself collaborates with Cale throughout this set. Phil Manzanera is there as well, but the result sounds nothing like Roxy Music. There's a hint of Eno's early solo work (which is exactly contemporaneous with these recordings), but nevertheless the three albums are very much Cale's.

Don't let the fame fool you: buy this anthology and discover the real musical talent behind The Velvet Underground.
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