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Paris 1919 Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (19 Jun. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Reprise/Rhino UK
  • ASIN: B000FQVY2C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,194 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Child's Christmas In Wales
  2. Hanky Panky Nohow
  3. The Endless Plain Of Fortune
  4. Andalucia
  5. Macbeth
  6. Paris 1919
  7. Graham Greene
  8. Half Past France
  9. Antarctica Starts Here
  10. Burned Out Affair
  11. Child's Christmas In Wales
  12. Hanky Panky Nohow
  13. The Endless Plain Of Fortune
  14. Andalucia
  15. Macbeth
  16. Paris 1919
  17. Graham Greene
  18. Half Past France
  19. Antarctica Starts Here
  20. Paris 1919
  21. Hidden Track

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Mention the name John Cale in casual conversation and there is a risk you will be discussing the pervasive influence of the Velvet Underground on contemporary music till you eyelids wither from boredom. That or you will be regaled on how "Music For A New Society" is a bleak masterpiece. Or just as likely the other person will look at you like you have suddenly acquired a badger sprouting from your left nostril and enquire "John who?"

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.
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John Cale had a already become a man of indefinable talents long before the release of Paris 1919, yet for me his best work inside or outside the Velvet Underground can be found in this album, part of his peak songwriting period (which includes the darker textures of Fear). The beauty of his lyricism is haunting. Cale's literacy is very much an undervalued weapon and becomes striking in the albums fulcrum and title track, a sly critique of the high authority of the church. The tracks have a historical quality which resonate with wit and cunningly smooth balladeering. The arrangements are exceptional and easy on the ear, making this an essential touchstone for newcomers.
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.
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Rhino are on pleasant form at present, reissuing the original `Nuggets', issuing those legendary Judee Sill albums, releasing the definitive Replacements' compilation, and now reissuing a remastered/expanded version of `Paris 1919', one of Cale's most popular albums. First things first, the packaging and sound is much better, it's nice to see the compact disc look like a Reprise record, but the many bonus tracks are merely curios, like most DVD-extras. The out-take `Burned Out Affair' is rather great, but I'm not sure I'd listen to any of the other versions again - perhaps this is due to the fact `Paris 1919' is kind of perfect anyway?

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.
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Paris 1919 is John Cale's finest album, a one-stop shop embracing orchestral rock (the title track, Child's Christmas in Wales), out and out rock 'n' roll (Macbeth), cod reggae (Graham Greene) and some of the most evocative ballads ever commited to tape (Half Past France, Andalucia). Rejecting this orchestral route, and later dismissing the album as a 'Procol Harum soundalike', Cale went on to make the more biting, but equally brilliant rock albums, Fear and Slow Dazzle, but Paris 1919 is still probably the best introduction to John Cale for the uninitiated, and his regular live shows are testament to the fact that these songs don't require any embellishements to stand the test of time.
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