There is arguably no band as polarizing as the Velvet Underground. People get real ugly, especially around Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame time, when discussing the merits of Lou Reed and company. But I am not here to discuss the VU. This is about brilliant VU member John Cale.
I have loved Cale's solo work from the first time I heard "Paris 1919," one of the greatest records of all time. I've recently been on a light Cale binge and it occurred to me that any one of his releases would make a great subject for a "Trying Your Patience" post. But, it is also because any one of his records would work, that I chose to create a mix instead. It is the weekend after all, and I couldn't decide on which album to try your patience.
As I mentioned in the last "One Sentence Review," Cale can be a number of things.
Vicious. Romantic. Melodic. Creepy. Sometimes, he is all of those things in one song and those songs are usually the ones that I love most.
This mix is mostly from a very distinct ten year period, 1970-1980, with the exception of a few post 80's tracks. I deliberately stayed away from his classical work, his live albums, his collaborations, his spoken word and his avant-garde records. There are moments of brilliance to be found on all of those records, but if you're unfamiliar with his solo work, I thought keeping it commercial...commercial for Cale, that is... might be the best way to enter into his world.
I created a Spotify playlist as well, which differs slightly due to the absence of a few songs.
I do hope you give the mix a spin. I love this stuff as much as I love any of the usual stuff I gush over.
Dead Or Alive
I Keep A Close Watch
Hanky Panky Nohow
I'm Not The Loving Kind
Big White Cloud
Over Her Head
Leaving It Up To You
Fear Is A Man's Best Friend