Stereogum Hearts Paris

Speaking of Lou Reed’s cameo as a Raconteur (OK, we weren’t, but if we were…), there’s another bit of White Light/White Heat-related news to share. I remember the first time I heard the title track of John Cale’s Paris 1919. It made such an impression on me, I still recall that the MP3 came via Black Yellow Black (Thanks Cory!). Cale’s masterpiece recently got an expanded reissue, and Pitchfork’s Matthew Murphy is as enamored as I am.

John Cale
Paris 1919

[Reprise; 1973; r: WEA International; 2006]
Rating: 9.5

John Cale’s 1973 album Paris 1919 has long been justly celebrated as the most accessible and most purely beautiful record of his storied, multi-faceted career. And despite the album’s abiding eccentricities– the literary and historical allusions, posh orchestration, and abstruse lyricism– it has often seemed to be Cale’s most personal and revealing work as well, a deeply felt meditation on loss, dislocation, and introspective yearning. For this lavish new re-mastered edition, Rhino UK has unearthed 11 previously unreleased rehearsals and alternate takes, including one completed outtake, “Burned Out Affair”, not included on the original album. This wealth of additional material nearly triples the running length of the original, and provides fascinating new insight into the deliberative construction of Cale’s still-vibrant masterpiece.

Buy it! You won’t regret it.

John Cale – “Andalucia” (MP3)