The Island Years

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This double CD combines all three of John Cale's mid-'70s Island albums Fear, Slow Dazzle, and Helen of Troy into one package, with the addition of some interesting bonus tracks: outtakes from Slow Dazzle and Helen of Troy, the B-side "Sylvia Said," "Leaving It up to You" which only appeared on early copies of Helen of Troy before "Coral Moon" took its place, and "Mary Lou" from the 1977 Guts compilation. This was undeniably one of Cale's most fertile periods. There is also no other body of work from the mid-'70s with such a confluence of listenable FM radio-ready tunes and sneaky, at times subversive experimentation, its eclecticism encompassing art rock, macabre ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This double CD combines all three of John Cale's mid-'70s Island albums Fear, Slow Dazzle, and Helen of Troy into one package, with the addition of some interesting bonus tracks: outtakes from Slow Dazzle and Helen of Troy, the B-side "Sylvia Said," "Leaving It up to You" which only appeared on early copies of Helen of Troy before "Coral Moon" took its place, and "Mary Lou" from the 1977 Guts compilation. This was undeniably one of Cale's most fertile periods. There is also no other body of work from the mid-'70s with such a confluence of listenable FM radio-ready tunes and sneaky, at times subversive experimentation, its eclecticism encompassing art rock, macabre recitations, and Beach Boy pastiches.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/1996
  • Label: Ume Imports
  • UPC: 731452423528
  • Catalog Number: 524235
  • Sales rank: 38,477

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fear Is a Man's Best Friend (3:53)
  2. 2 Buffalo Ballet (3:29)
  3. 3 Barracuda (3:48)
  4. 4 Emily (4:22)
  5. 5 Ship of Fools (4:37)
  6. 6 Gun (8:05)
  7. 7 The Man Who Couldn't Afford to Orgy (4:34)
  8. 8 You Know More Than I Know (3:35)
  9. 9 Momamma Scuba (4:25)
  10. 10 Sylvia Said (4:09)
  11. 11 All I Want Is You (2:57)
  12. 12 Bamboo Floor (3:25)
  13. 13 Mr. Wilson (3:17)
  14. 14 Taking It All Away (2:58)
  15. 15 Dirty Ass Rock 'N' Roll (4:43)
  16. 16 Darling I Need You (3:37)
  17. 17 Rollaroll (3:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Heartbreak Hotel (3:13)
  2. 2 Ski Patrol (2:08)
  3. 3 I'm Not the Loving Kind (3:08)
  4. 4 Guts (3:27)
  5. 5 The Jeweller (4:14)
  6. 6 My Maria (3:51)
  7. 7 Helen of Troy (4:20)
  8. 8 China Sea (2:32)
  9. 9 Engine (2:47)
  10. 10 Save Us (2:22)
  11. 11 Cable Hogue (3:32)
  12. 12 (I Keep A) Close Watch (3:29)
  13. 13 Pablo Picasso (3:23)
  14. 14 Leaving It up to You (4:35)
  15. 15 Baby, What Do You Want Me to Do? (4:51)
  16. 16 Sudden Death (4:39)
  17. 17 You & Me (2:51)
  18. 18 Coral Moon (2:17)
  19. 19 Mary Lou (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Cale Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Clavinet
Geoff Muldaur Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Phil Collins Drums
Phil Manzanera Guitar, Slide Guitar
Richard Thompson Guitar, Slide Guitar
John Wood Synthesizer
Judy Nylon Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Chris Spedding Guitar
Bryn Haworth Slide Guitar
Trevor Burton Bass
Tony Carr Percussion
Doreen Chanter Synthesizer, Background Vocals, Girl's Choir
Irene Chanter Synthesizer, Background Vocals, Girl's Choir
Gerry Conway Drums
Michael Desmarais Drums
Timi Donald Drums
Pat Donaldson Bass
Brian Eno Synthesizer
Andy Mackay Saxophone
Keith Smart Drums
Barry St. John Background Vocals
Liza Strike Synthesizer, Background Vocals, Girl's Choir
Brian Turrington Bass
Archie Legget Bass
Alan Courtney Background Vocals
Fred Smith Drums
Raymond Duffy Drums
Fred E. Smith Drums
Chris E. Thomas Violin, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Technical Credits
John Cale Arranger, Producer
Phil Manzanera Executive Producer
John Wood Engineer, Executive Producer
Hugh Brown Cover Photo
Ben Edmonds Liner Notes, Essay
Brian Eno Executive Producer
Victor Gamm Engineer
Robert Kirby String Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Geoff Gans Art Direction
Steve Fallone Mastering, Remastering
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