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Music for a New Society Vinyl by John Cale 1Record
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A1 Taking Your Life In Your Hands
A2 Thoughtless Kind
A3 If You Were Still Around
A4 Close Watch
A5 Mama's Song
B1 Broken Bird
B2 Chinese Envoy
B3 Changes Made
B4 Damn Life
B5 Risé, Sam And Rimsky Korsakov
Item No: 887830009317
Album: Music for a New Society Vinyl by John Cale 1Record
# Song Title   Time
1)    Taking Your Life in Your Hands
2)    Thoughtless Kind
3)    Sanctus (Sanities)
4)    If You Were Still Around
5)    Close Watch
6)    Broken Bird
7)    Chinese Envoy
8)    Changes Made
9)    Damn Life
10)    Ris?, Sam and Rimsky Korsakov
11)    Library of Force [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
12)    Chinese Envoy (Outtakes)
13)    Thoughtless Kind (Outtakes)
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: John Cale (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Rise Cale (vocals); Alan Lanier, D.J. Young, David Lichtenstein, John Wonderling, Mike McLintock, Pipe Major Tom Fitzgibbon, Robert Elk.
  • Recorded at Skyline Studios, New York, New York.
  • This 1982 release is one of the most understated, quietly compelling works in John Cale's large and diverse catalog. His knack for bracing arrangement juxtapositions is heard to great effect here. "Taking Your Life in Your Hands" is a keyboard-based composition, with a skittering acoustic slide guitar dancing around the song's chordal structure. "Thoughtless Kind" weds boldly modernist elements--percussive sound effects, multiple voices, complicated mix patterns--to a song of simple poetic strengths. Similarly, "Sanities" is awash in dramatic flourish, but on a near-whispered scale. Cale revisits his own "(I Keep a) Close Watch," casting it in prayerful and heartfelt solemnity, as he sings at his most plaintive over rich piano chords that are underscored by a rhythm section at each chorus. John Cale is a multifaceted composer and performer. This set offers a superlative view of him as an inventive and emotive songwriter, arranger, singer, and musician.
Professional Reviews
Uncut (11/03, p.106) - "...This despairing, furious record - and its musical adventurousness - makes KID A sound like KIDS FROM FAME..."

The Wire (6/00, p.40) - "...One of the most desolate albums ever made..."

NME (Magazine) (3/26/94, p.52) - 9 - Excellent Plus - "...Does the word `masterpiece' mean anything to you?..."
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