John Cale – Vintage Violence

ARTIST: John Cale Vintage_violence

TITLE:  Vintage Violence



SINGLES: Cleo, Big White Cloud


LINEUP: John Cale, Harvey Brooks, Sanford Konikoff, Ernie Coralia, Garland Jeffreys, Stan Szeleste

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Solo album by former Velvet Underground viola / bass player and troublemaker is surprisingly…non-avant garde.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Laying low for a couple of years, Cale recorded this album with a band he called Penguin. No doubt, some were anticipating some weirdness a la “Sister Ray” or “Black Angels Death Song” when this was released. What they got was a pretty normal sounding record.

The lyrics were a bit urbane, and probably over the head of regular rock fans. But it seemed all, normal, for the most part. Definitely not a piece with his earlier works, and not what would follow.

It’s well written, and Cale’s baritone is intriguing. But it’s normal sounding for the most part and I was expecting weirdness, especially because of the cover. Alas.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Cale really thought the songs were simplistic (they are, for him).

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A new mix of one track and an unreleased track.

GRADE: B-: Like expecting a hot chili and only getting mild



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