RARA-AVIS: Re: John Cale, Charles Mingus and hard boiled music (Was: Re: RARA-AVIS: Warren Zevon & hardboiled music)

From: Mark Sullivan ( DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net)
Date: 09 Sep 2003

Brian wrote:

"Not to allow my ignorance to show too vividly, but is the the same John Cale who played with the Velvet Underground?"

Yup, it is. After a couple of relatively laid back rock albums (one made with Garland Jeffreys, one with Little Feat) and a couple of
"serious" albums (one with Terry Riley), Cale returned to harsh rock on a trio of of great records on the Island label -- Fear, Slow Dazzle and Helen of Troy. They were only briefly released in the US, the third not at all; a later compilation, Guts, drew from all three. More recently, the 2CD Island Years compiled all of the tracks from all three albums, plus the non-requisite outtakes, live tracks, etc.

"Man, Lee Marvin deserved an Oscar for what he did in "The Big Heat.""

Indeed he did.


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