ARTIST: John Cale
TITLE: Vintage Violence
YEAR RELEASED: 1970
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Cleo, Big White Cloud
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No
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