Paris 1919

John Cale - Paris 1919
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Based on 2 reviews
1973 Ratings: #28 / 127
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1973 Ratings: #73
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I had a very different, wordier review, but circumstances demanded that it be rewritten and here we are

I'll speed through what was my original and slightly trolly introduction: I haven't listened to much by John Cale, i do like (but not love) VU&N, but the one piece of work of his that i adore is his playing on, and other additions to, the track Northern Sky by Nick Drake. That song is an absolute breath of fresh air and Cale's contributions to the song lend the track an air of mystery ... read more


It sounds like the cover, as if John is a European noble performing his trade in front of high society to provide distraction from the fear brought upon by WWI. The title track is simply gorgeous and majestic and would be one of my highest recommendations for a song you have to hear before you die.


Andalucia is better than the self titled track don't @ me

Track Review

Child's Christmas in Wales 9.5/10
Hanky Panky Nohow 9/10
The Endless Plain of Fortune 9/10
Andalucia 10/10
Macbeth 8.5/10.
Paris 1919 10/10
Graham Greene 9.5/10
Half Past France 9/10
Antarctica Starts Here 8.5/10.

Average: 9.2/10




Before 'Paris 1919' Cale's solo work had been intriguing but you could be forgiven for scratching your head at the lack of any sort of touch of genius you might have expected to find from a key song writer from The Velvet Underground - with this 1973 release he finally delivered on that potential.

The first four tracks make up a near perfect suite of gentle orchestral songs with by turns heartfelt and witty lyrics that betray the huge nostalgia Cale clearly felt for his childhood and the ... read more


Child's Christmas in Wales ~ ★★★★☆
Hanky Panky Nohow ~ ★★★☆☆
The Endless Plain of Fortune ~ ★★★☆☆
Andalucia ~ ★★★★☆
Macbeth ~ ★★★☆☆
Paris 1919 ~ ★★★★☆
Graham Greene ~ ★★★★☆
Half Past France ~ ★★★☆☆
Antarctica Starts Here ~ ★★★☆☆

⏳ new & improved: time-weighted score ⏳

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Track List

  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 
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Added on: March 29, 2013