Vintage Violence

John Cale


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Info Label: Columbia CS 1037
Media Condition: VG+
Sleeve Condition: VG
Genre: Rock, Art
Notes: 1970 Terre Haute repressing. Solid copy. Opened, still in shrink, slight wear and discoloration on jacket from age. Plays clean.

If you like: The Velvet Underground and other art rock contemporaries, you’ll enjoy this ex-Velvet’s solo endeavor in particular.
About: While John Cale is one of the most famous and, in his own way, influential underground rock musicians, he is also one of the hardest to pin down stylistically. Much has been made of his schooling in classical and avant-garde music, yet much of what he’s recorded has been decidedly song-oriented, dovetailing close to the mainstream at times. Terming him a forefather of punk and new wave isn’t exactly accurate, either. Those investigating his work for the first time under that premise may be surprised at how consciously accessible much of his output is, at times approaching (but not quite attaining) a fairly “normal” rock sound. There is always a tension between the experimental and the accessible in Cale’s solo recordings, meaning that he usually finds himself (not unwillingly) caught between the cracks: too weird for commercial success, and yet not really weird or daring enough to place him among the top ranks of rock’s innovators.*via Richie Unterberger
A favorite track: Adelaide