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4.0 out of 5 stars Cale collection -- some hits, some misses, 20 Sept. 2001
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This review is from: Seducing Down the Door Collect (Audio CD)
"Seducing.."is an overview of the post-Velvets work of John Cale, who has been variously a Welsh bard and classical artiste, a pop music genius, a Godfather Of Punk, and a Burnt-Out Case. It's a delight to old fans: there are some unreleased and rare tracks, and the booklet itself is worth the price of admission. New fans will find most of the crucial songs included, including some of his recent-ish collaborations with Lou Reed and Brian Eno. Cranky old fans will quibble with the selection: brilliant songs like "Wilson Joliet" are ignored, while puffy stuff like "Dirtyass Rock & Roll" makes the cut. Still, it's a good index to a magnificent body of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CALE IS KING, 14 Dec. 2001
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This review is from: Seducing Down the Door Collect (Audio CD)
This dude should not be a cult artist only! This vast swathe of prime cuts from his magnificent oeuvre contains lots of very melodic, even hummable songs that should have ruled the charts. I was pleasantly surprised by those tracks I had not heard before (Protege, Dixieland, Coral Moon, Ooh La La). I bought "The Island Years" compilation at the same time, because "Dirtyass Rock 'n Roll" should be heard as a sequence together with "Roll a Roll" and "Where were you when I needed you" from the Slow Dazzle album. Although "One Word" & "Cordoba" are good choices from the Wrong Way Up abum, I would also have included "Lay My Love" and "The River." Very pleased to have "Soul of Carmen Miranda" from Words For The Dying album ; to me, it's one of his most glorious creations. The following songs are accessible enough to have been top 5 chart material: Paris 1919, Andalucia, Fear Is A Man's Best Friend, Dirtyass R'n R, Guts (perhaps too extreme? -- I love it), Dead Or Alive, Ooh La La, Carmen, One Word, Cordoba. Get this one and The Island Years too -- only about 7 tracks are repeated.
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