Saturday, December 24, 2016

John Cale - John Cale Comes Alive (1984 uk, excellent art rock, vinyl edition)

John Cale has been a stalwart of rock's avant-garde since he and Lou Reed founded the seminal New York art-rock band Velvet Underground in the mid-'60s. As a producer, he has worked with Nico, the Stooges, Patti Smith and Squeeze. His output has ranged from fully orchestrated material (The Academy in Peril) to the nihilistic (Fear). On his 14th album, most of it recorded in concert at London's Lyceum last February, Cale reprises some of his better-known songs. 

The stark, bruising sound achieved on these live cuts carries a skewed power that Neil Young seems to have sought on many of his albums. The asperity of such songs as Leaving It Up to You and Waiting for My Man, a junkie's lament, becomes mesmerizing. So does Cale's bleak, despairing cover version of Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel. Of the two studio tracks, Ooh La La is a flimsy parody of rap records, but Never Give Up on You is bright and brisk, Cale's closest flirtation with pop. His backup band is unexceptional—the tempo on Dr. Mudd jumps around more than once. Cale overcomes, though. This record has a visceral quality that sets it apart. (Ze Island) 
1. Ooh La La - 3:25
2. Evidence - 3:26
3. Dead Or Alive - 3:58
4. Chinese Envoy - 3:27
5. Leaving It Up To You - 5:32
6. Dr. Mudd - 3:42
7. Waiting For The Man (Lou Reed) - 4:26
8. Heartbreak Hotel (Tommy Durden, Mae Boren Axton) - 4:16
9. Fear - 3:20
10.Never Give Up On You - 4:58
Words and Music by John Cale unless otherwise written.

*Andy Heermans - Bass, Vocals
*David Lichtenstein - Drums, Electronic Drums
*John Cale - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
*Dave Young - Guitar, Vocals

More John Cale work here:
1971  John Cale And Terry Riley - Church Of Anthrax 
1972  Lou Reed, John Cale And Nico - Live At Bataclan Paris (2013 edition)
1973 Paris 1919
1974 Fear
1975 Slow Dazzle
1975 Helen Of Troy

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