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Paris 1919 [Import, Original recording remastered]

John CaleAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 19, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino/Wea UK
  • ASIN: B000FQVY2C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,781 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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), 'Andalucia' (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.

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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4.9 out of 5 stars
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All-time great album, inessential bonus tracks August 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GENTLE POP SONGS FROM JOHN CALE...? 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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG....12 more parts of an absolute classic June 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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!)

.....wow 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The softer side of Cale 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Strange and unforgettable.
Published 20 days ago by M A Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars John Cale Zenith production
One of my all-time favorites. Was anxious to hear the extra tracks. If JC ever did anything commercial as this is, it still rings true to his artistry and creativity before or... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Uncle Remix
5.0 out of 5 stars Treaty of the Versatile
always loved it, never realized this sometime Velvet Underground musician was inspired to write this with the Treaty of Versailles in mind.
Published 8 months ago by Alexander Besher
4.0 out of 5 stars good
this product is very good,, closed, the sound is perfect, and the delivery time is very good, new lika annoucemente, but the box is broken i need sustitute
Published 18 months ago by soraya reyes
5.0 out of 5 stars late to the party
I have no valid excuse for not having heard this album until a few months ago. I'm in my 50s and have been an avid music addict for decades. Read more
Published on April 1, 2012 by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars One of John Cale's finest albums is available in two editions
Remember The Velvet Underground? You know them as Lou Reed's band. The problem is the average person even if they know who The Velvet Underground IS don't know who John Cale is. Read more
Published on September 4, 2011 by Wayne Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant & melodious
This classic 1973 album has been enhanced by the addition of 11 tracks of demos and alternate takes. Read more
Published on July 4, 2009 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars Something unsettling beneath a beautiful surface
I bought this album on vinyl when it first came out, entranced by the title track ... but I really couldn't appreciate it at the time, because I was simply too naive & callow. Read more
Published on February 26, 2009 by William Timothy Lukeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Album
I bought this CD initially for the Paris 1919 (title) track, and on my first listen I didn't really take to any of the other tracks. Then I kept listening. Read more
Published on April 3, 2008 by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
There is a very good reason this classic has recently been re-released. I put it along side Odessey and Oracle and Village Green Preservation Society as high-minded pop gems that... Read more
Published on February 17, 2007 by Chrome Sitar
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