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Paris 1919 Import, Original recording remastered

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1973 solo album from the former Velvet Underground member. Features 11 bonus tracks (all previously unreleased): 'Burned Out Affair', 'Child's Christmas in Wales' (Alternate Mix), 'Hanky Panky Nohow' (Drone Mix), 'Endless Plain of Fortune' (Alternate Version), 'Andalucía' (Rehearsal), 'MacBeth' (Rehearsal), 'Paris 1919' (String Mix), 'Grahame Greene' (Rehearsal), 'Half Past France' (Alternate Version), 'Antarctica Starts Here' (Rehearsal) and 'Paris 1919' (Piano Mix). Rhino. 2006.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Child's Christmas In Wales
  2. Hanky Panky Nohow
  3. Endless Plain Of Fortune
  4. Andalucia
  5. Macbeth
  6. Paris 1919
  7. Graham Greene
  8. Half Past France
  9. Antarctica Starts Here
  10. Burned Out Affair (outtake)
  11. Child's Christmas In Wales (alternate version)
  12. Hanky Panky Nowhow (drone mix)
  13. The Endless Plain Of Fortune (alternate version)
  14. Andalucia (alternate version)
  15. Macbeth (rehearsal)
  16. Paris 1919 (string mix)
  17. Graham Greene (rehearsal)
  18. Half Past France (alternate version)
  19. Antarctica Starts Here (rehearsal)
  20. Paris 1919 (piano mix)
  21. Macbeth (different instrumental backing track) - HIDDEN TRACK

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino/Wea UK
  • ASIN: B000FQVY2C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,802 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Robert P. Inverarity VINE VOICE on August 18, 2006
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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.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Larry L. Looney on May 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The cover pic might give it away - John sits in a wicker chair, in a very dapper white suit and vest, staring calmly into the camera (or the eye of the viewer, perhaps). The music on this album is indeed some of the gentlest he ever recorded - pop songs (his own slightly skewed variety, of course...) recorded in Los Angeles in 1973, augmented by some lovely orchestral arrangements. The only song in the set that comes close to a `rock' motif is `Macbeth', Cale's reworking/reprise of Shakespearean tragedy - the rest are slow-or medium-tempo numbers that all fall pretty much into the `mellow' category.
If you read `mellow' as `boring', however, you'd be sadly mistaken - the songs here are built upon some lovely, memorable melodies and arrangements, but they're far from boring. Cale's lyrics here are as wry and intelligent as on any of his more raucous releases - there's insight, humor and irony aplenty in these tunes. He comments on an array of subjects - loneliness, history (and the lessons we either learn or don't, as the case may be), morality, longing, love, pretension, art, religion (this subject being mentioned/invoked more than a couple of times), and more. For instance, in `Hanky panky nohow' Cale sings: `Nothing frightens me more than religion at my door - I never answer panic knocking...' In `Andalucia', a beautiful love song, the image of `castles and Christians' is painted; and in `Paris 1919' which I read as a ghost story of sorts), the perceived threat or terror felt at the encounter with the unexplainable is answered with `I'm the bishop and I've come to claim you with my iron drum'.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By B. Margolis on June 27, 2006
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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?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAME on December 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This classic early solo album is like a collection of short stories and contains some of Cale's most poetic lyrics. There is a subdued, almost melancholic air about most of these, like Child's Christmas and Hanky Panky Nohow. The impressive orchestral backing make it less of a rock album than most of his best later work (like the Island period). An exception is Macbeth - a robust slice of rolling rock. The arrangements may be orchestral, but the melodies are simple and tuneful for the most part, as on the lovely Andalucia. The delightful title track with its edgy arrangement, birdsong and "you're a ghost" refrain is especially evocative, while the swaying reggae beat and trenchant lyrics of Graham Greene make this another classic track, and quite catchy too. Half Past France is a sad slow ballad and Antarctica is a moody piece with subdued, whispered vocals. Paris 1919 is a very "literary" album and Cale at his most accessible.
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