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This review is from: Circus: Live (Audio CD)
Don't hesitate. Buy this album. It is magnificent.
New to John Cale? ... this album will make you explore his previous work.
Already know his older work? ....then it gives you such different interpretations of his standards, starting with Venus in Furs.
Feel the drum onslaught hitting your senses when Pablo Picasso segues into Mary Lou. Hear Femme Fatale hypnotically blend into Rosegarden Funeral of Sores.
Listen to Heartbreak Hotel become more chillingly threatening with its less frenetic approach.
Already heard a fan's live recording of this tour? That's like listening wearing earmuffs. Play this version alongside and be in awe. The production combines the technical quality of a studio album with the freshness of a live gig. I'm catching differences on each new listen. Cale's voice will lure you into each track, then the instruments will chug you along.
To add cream on top of this jam the current band gell perfectly with him.
This is ultimately Cale AND band performing.
To paraphrase Cale when he played Wrexham;
"Dai iawn, diolch. Nos da"
Declaration of interest
This is a biased review from a 70's Cale fan who rediscovered him in `06
Tom from Wrexham