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What is beyond doubt is Cale is a great artist , and while "Music For A New Society " is a very fine album there is a very persuasive argument that his masterpiece is "Paris 1919". Released in 1973 Cale titled the album after the 1919 Paris peace conference where the burnished glitterati of the world set out its agenda and order for the 20th Century. There are nine songs spread over 31minutes encompassing powerful themes-ennui, homesickness, turmoil, and the erosion of political boundaries- to ambiguous often imponderable lyrics.
The music is stately and melodiously sumptuous, utilising plump orchestration and tense layers of keyboard. Whether it is the baroque magnificence of the title track or the lilting yet gorgeous ballad "Andalucia" the album is relentlessly brilliant. "Hanky Panky Nohow" is an esemplasitc tower of melancholic melody. "Half Past France" sounds uncannily like a track off Enos "Before And After Science" four years before it was released. "Childs Christmas In Wales "glows with layers of tender instrumentation and effulgent detail. "The Endless Plain Of Fortune" is wonderfully sombre and portentous with a lovely high register guitar counter pointing the monochromatic walls of orchestration. "Macbeth" is by contrast verging on glam rock with a stomping arrangement and juicy scowls of guitar.Read more ›
One obvious point after repeated listens is the curious lack of widespread praise in comparison to the notably patchy nature of Lou Reed's catalogue. Reed, of course, made several worthy albums in Transformer and the underrated Berlin, but nothing comparable in coherence or lasting quality to Cale.
Cale's best songs are here, anyone having sampled his collections or other albums would be pushed to disagree (though his work with Eno and his production roles are key for further investigation). 'Hanky Panky' and 'Andalucia' have a majestic warmth, while 'Half past France' is a reflective masterstroke. The understated touch of the later tracks cannot be mirrored in my understatement for this album. It is a definitive british recording.
Following his exit from the Velvet Underground, Cale flipped between the avant and rock worlds, frequently fusing them together - whether as arranger/uncredited producer on Nico's `The Marble Index', or as producer of The Stooges' debut, or collaborating with Terry Riley (`Church of Anthrax'), or releasing the overlooked and rather splendid `Vintage Violence' (a precursor of the material here). Recorded with a band - Cale alongside Lowell George, Wilton Felder & Richie Hayward - with the UCLA Symphony Orchestra and producer Chris Thomas, `Paris 1919' remains one of Cale's strongest albums - though I'm as enamoured with `Fear', `Helen of Troy' & `Music for a New Society'. This probably is the one, however...
It's pop music, of sorts, `Child's Christmas in Wales' has the studio nous of Steely Dan and operates in a similar plain to the Eno-era work of Roxy Music. `Half Past France' and `Paris 1919' make clear that this is one of those European albums, alongside Nico's `The Marble Index' and `Desertshore' - Cale fusing his classical/avant-classical sensibilities with some gorgeous songs.Read more ›
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Dreadful quality, instead of remastering they just keep repeating same song from ever poorer demos.Published 2 months ago by C Riordan
I love the music I hate this production. I find the sound hollow and tinny with John's voice far in the background. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ms A
Much has, of course, been written about John Cale’s 1973 masterpiece, not least around its many and complex themes (political, artistic, literary, personal, etc), but nothing... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Keith M
You`re having tea with Graham Greene
In the coloured costume of your choice
So begins a jaunty mid-tempo ditty named after the writer mentioned, on this... Read more
i know john cale was a brilliant musician, but this album, ably assisted by Lowell George & Richie Hayward is very enjoyable. Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2014 by Mr. Mfp Torpey
Very pretty tunes, and Cale has a charming deep voice. Don't pay too much attention to the lyrics though - for the most part they make little sense (there are a couple of... Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2014 by J
I used to have this album until I had to sell it. Good to have it back again as a CD.Published on 20 May 2013 by Mr. Mark Baverstock
While this is a terrific album as far as the music is concerned, the actual disk is terrible. There is extreme distortion and fuzz overlaying the music, very noticeable, for... Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2013 by Chris in Virginia