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  • Audio CD (June 24, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B0015I2PX6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Church of Anthrax
2. The Hall of Mirrors in the Palace at Versailles
3. The Soul of Patrick Lee
4. Ides of March
5. The Protege

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John Cale is best known as a member of the Velvet Underground. Terry Riley is best known for his exploration of avant-garde music. They formed a one time collaboration on Church Of Anthrax. This has been one of the long sought after CD requests for it has never been issued on CD until now! Fans of both of these artists will scarf this one up!

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Comstock on August 16, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Having heard about this legendary collaboration between John Cale and Terry Riley, I was excited to see it finally appear on cd. I expected 'dark', I expected drone, I expected minimalism. What I didn't expect was "Ides of March." This 10 minute jam with keyboards and drums cooks like nothing else this side of the "Crossroads"/"Spoonful" jam on Cream's Wheels of Fire. Good God, buy this if you want your music to transport you to another planet! _
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By applewood on June 29, 2009
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Originally recorded in 1971, this collaborative (mostly instrumental) jam of Cale and Riley is a rare treat. Today it barely fills half a CD, but in that brief spell they bang and pound their way out into the open, on the border between space and density, and show us a work of genius. (It sounds like Riley sets the "tone" with droning percussive patterns, while Cale fills them out with energy, passion and whatever melody the compositions may have.)

This was one of my favorite albums in the late 70's, and I'm surprised how much it still rocks (rhythmically like a small boat tossed desperately on a big sea...) and moves me. The multiple layers of piano, organ, synth, horns, viola, guitar and percussion are a perfect balance of disjointed free fall and driving progressive patterns. And the one lyrical song is wonderfully enigmatic and evocative of a timeless moment in Wales. Ah, wouldn't it be grand if they reunited for a 40th year anniversary...

(from album cover..."...as soon as the time came to go, the dramatic sequence of obliteration took its toll on the landscape; the sky was immune. Gone." - John Cale)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marty Jay on August 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
A Cale collaboration with Terry Riley that works well
and has some good instrumental pieces using
drums, oboe, piano, viola and organ.
There is one track [The soul of patrick Lee] that has vocals on it.
It seems out of place on this album, but is an ok song anyway.
The songs " Ides of March" and "In the Hall of mirrors in the Palace of Versailles" are standouts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By josh on October 21, 2011
Format: Vinyl
This album still has a huge V.U.ghost shadow to it, but better, not one track is like anything you have heard before. Great music to read to or relax. Not hard on the ears or mind. Just the opposite. One of John Cales best of 5.No one will be disappointed. Everyone Ive played Church of Anthrax to has bought their own copy. Enough said????
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I love john cale since his glorydays with Velvets ! old cd hard to find but after years I'm glad I remembered to look for this album. it's not dated, but ya gotta like both of thse guys and I am usually a singular fan of some Artists. I loved PearlsBeforeSwine,Love, PinkDots and PhilipGlass. So, that's my taste. Cale's solo work is very interesting...especially SongsForDrella (w/LouReed) and a few of him in the 80's/90's. There is only one way to describe an artwork that appeals to one's self: "it speaks to me" -rob-
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