December 30, 2011

Paris 1919 [re-issue] - John Cale [1973]

Stately and abiding eccentricities notwithstanding, Cale's most beautifully accessible opus. Arguably, his chef d'oeuvre. Burned out, nostalgic and dislocated; literary and geographical allusions to loss and wandering. Ugliness crystallised as candy.

Re-issue offers essential alternates and outtakes: two Paris 1919 mixes for strings and piano? Hanky Panky Nohow drone mix? C'mon...

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will_b said...

classic. i'll have to revisit it!

Elliot Knapp said...

Interesting, didn't know there was an extra-filled reissue...must check out! Just wrote about the original album on my music blog. Like your blog!