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Paris 1919 [Bonus Tracks]
     

Paris 1919 [Bonus Tracks]

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by John Cale
 

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One of John Cale's very finest solo efforts, Paris 1919 is also among his most accessible records, one which grows in depth and resonance with each successive listen. A consciously literary work -- the songs even bear titles like "Child's Christmas in Wales," "Macbeth," and "Graham Greene" -- Paris 1919 is close in spirit to a collection of short stories; the songs

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One of John Cale's very finest solo efforts, Paris 1919 is also among his most accessible records, one which grows in depth and resonance with each successive listen. A consciously literary work -- the songs even bear titles like "Child's Christmas in Wales," "Macbeth," and "Graham Greene" -- Paris 1919 is close in spirit to a collection of short stories; the songs are richly poetic, enigmatic period pieces strongly evocative of their time and place. Chris Thomas' production is appropriately lush and sweeping, with many tracks set to orchestral accompaniment; indeed, there's little here to suggest either Cale's noisy, abrasive past or the chaos about to resurface in his subsequent work -- for better or worse, his music never achieved a similar beauty again. [This reissue features 11 bonus tracks in the form of alternate mixes, demos, rehearsals and outtakes from the Paris 1919

Editorial Reviews

The Independent - Andy Gill
Sublime.... Cale has cannily couched these abstruse interests in the most gorgeous settings of his career, enabling the intriguing subject-matter to sidle into one's affections on the back of charming pop melodies.
The Guardian - Dave Simpson
It all sounds fresh and is the ideal place for new recruits to Cale's contrary charms to start to get to know him.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2006
Label:
Rhino/Wea Uk
UPC:
0081227406028
catalogNumber:
274060

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