Tuesday, February 27, 2007

JOHN CALE - Caribbean Sunset (1983) for Rex

New Wave, Art Rock

Credits :
John Cale: vocals, keyborads, guitar
Brian Eno : A.M.S. pitch changer
Andy Heermans : bass, vocals
Dave Lichtenstein : drums & boobams
Dave Young : guitar, vocals

Other credits:
Producer: John Cale/Executive producer: John Cale/Associate producer: Tome Roberts at Right Track Recording, NYC/Associate engineers: Tim "Thilby" Crich and David Schectesson/Engineer on Magazines: Andy Heermans for Planet Sound/Design: Rob O'Connor/Cover photo: Risé Cale

Tracklist :

01 Hungry For Love
02 Experiment Number 1
03 Model Beirut Recital
04 Caribbean Sunset
05 Praetorian Underground
06 Magazines
07 Where There's A Will
08 The Hunt
09 Villa Albani

Link to download:

"The Weekend at Bernie's cover and '80s instrumentation suggest that Caribbean Sunset is a pop album, but this impulse is undermined at every turn by the messy performances and dreadful, non-existant production. Apparently all of these songs were recorded in one take - on "Experiment Number 1" Cale actually shouts out the chords as the band scrambles with the changes - and the music suffers as a result. Cale's passionate vocals are intense and often erratic, but the songs themselves are so weak that his fervor seems strange and misplaced."

"Best Cale "covert" album. Although the sound is very...specific, there are great tunes as "Model beirut recital", "Magazines", "Hungry For Love" and wonderful title track. Really great!!!"

"This may be John Cale's worst album. Very cheesy songs with no vision (a first for him). Skip this one."

very short Biography:
John Davies Cale (born March 9, 1942) is a Welsh musician, songwriter and record producer. He is best known for his work in rock music, particularly as a founding member of the Velvet Underground, and he has worked in a variety of styles over the years.


Blogger Nardinho said...

what exactally is "The Weekend at Bernie's cover" ?

is this a band who plays the movie songs ?

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is not my review ,but it means- i think -theres a resemblence between the movie and John Cale as he lying on the sands on the beach and seems happy with his easy-life.And even the title: Caribbean sunsets suggest this is an easy listening LP. So due these reasons think many people this is a happy pop album:)
But if you listen it you will recognise its not a pop album.
So John Cale's band doesent play for this movie.

See these photos for the movie and compare to the cover of Joh Cale's album:


2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Been after this one for ages! Even if it's not one of Cale's best, I love the title track but have never heard the rest.

Many thanks for sharing.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John got the Guts to experiment with Pop, whatever that may be.
I love even his socalled mistakes.
The bad things dont extist without the good things, visa versa!.

5:30 AM  
Blogger zc greenberg said...

you are sooo kind! I have been looking for this everywhere! thanks from Brooklyn xo

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Kill.Waas said...

a great blog!!!

I´ve never heard this album although I know John Cale´s music for more than thirty years now - so I´m very curious

thank you for the presentation.

may your days be sunny : Kill.Waas

10:32 PM  

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