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Paris 1919 (Exp)
John Cale
Paris 1919 (Exp)
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
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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 Title...  more »


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All Artists: John Cale
Title: Paris 1919 (Exp)
Members Wishing: 9
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino/Wea UK
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 6/19/2006
Album Type: Import, Original recording remastered
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 081227406028


Album Details
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.

CD Reviews

All-time great album, inessential bonus tracks
Robert P. Inverarity | Silicon Valley, California, United States | 08/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I don't know what more I can add to the Paris 1919 discussion. It's arguably the best work by arguably the most unfairly obscure popular music genius of his time. If you don't already own it, stop reading and buy it!

The reissue is what I'm really reviewing, and if I were to rate it on its own I would give it three stars. It's a case of quantity over quality, with unfortunate results.

First, the good. The booklet has great new liner notes by a writer who thoroughly understands the album. Burned Out Affair, despite a flat, possibly drunken vocal, is quite interesting. Though I'm glad it was cut from the album proper, I'm equally glad to hear it. Two alternate versions are fantastic: the Drone Mix of Hanky Panky Nohow and the hidden instrumental take of Macbeth (with masterful electric slide guitar) give new insights into the material and are great listening on their own.

Second, the bad. Pretty much all the other sketches are not particularly interesting at best. The piano mix of Paris 1919, the vocal mix of Antarctica Starts Here, and the informal takes of Endless Plain of Fortune and Graham Green are all good listening, just nothing special or revealing. Some, however, have mumbled partial vocals, muddy arrangements, lyric mistakes, and pitch problems.

Sure, these things happen while recording. This is probably the most honest set of rehearsals and takes I've ever seen on a commercial record -- there appear to be no overdubs or edits of any kind. I'm not at all convinced that's a good thing, however. It seems to me that including alternate versions of every song was overkill, and even undermines the album itself with material that obviously was never meant for public consumption.

If they'd just stuck to new and revelatory versions, we'd have three or four great bonus tracks. As it is, there's an entire alternate album that's not worth more than a couple listens.

Certainly this reissue is worth buying, for the first time or even for the second. Just don't expect anything much of the bonus tracks."
OMG....12 more parts of an absolute classic
B. Margolis | Minneapolis, MN United States | 06/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I couldn't be more excited than if George Martin announced that more previously unknown parts of "Sgt. Pepper" had been found!

The 9 track original LP is just about the best LP to be released in the early 1970's (it was released in 1973) and the lousy sounding Warner Archives CD has remained a good catalog seller after all these years.

Now, UK Rhino has released a 20 track CD (US Rhino is too damn stupid to put it out here....). Even tho at the time of this review, Amazon has not updated their listing. Here's the extra tracks:

10.Burned Out Affair (amazing outtake....slightly flat vocals...could've used another take)

11.Child's Christmas In Wales (alt version)

12.Hanky Panky Nohow (drone mix)

13.The Endless Plain Of Fortune (alt version)

14.Andalucia (rehearsal)

15.MacBeth (alt version)

16.Paris 1919 (string mix)

17.Graham Greene (rehearsal)

18.Half Past France (alt version)

19.Antarctia Starts Here (rehearsal)

20.Paris 1919 (piano mix)

21.HIDDEN TRACK; Macbeth (wild unissued backing track!) these are just plain fabulous....early versions, rough rehearsals, alternative versions of 9 of the greatest pieces of serious pop music ever!)

Anyone who like this classic album needs this reissue.

Wouldn't it be nice for Amazon to update their listing?

Make that twelve!
Daniel P. Whitworth | San Diego, CA United States | 06/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There is an unlisted 21st track-- an instrumental version of 'Macbeth' featuring some fine slide guitar from Lowel George!"