Happy Birthday John Cale

John Davies Cale turns 75 today.

Besides co-founding the Velvet Underground, he’s had an extensive solo career, moving around in classical, the avant-garde, and rock ‘n roll.  The drone that he gave VU with his electric viola is particularly contagious.

I was recently given the task of providing some sort of primer, an introduction, to his vast catalogue.  It’ll be a daunting task, but I’m up to it.  It’s going to take me some time, though.   I counted 23 albums that I own, and from his discography, I counted 36 studio albums, plus live albums, film scores, and collaborations.  He has produced at least that many records.  From his collected works, I’ll select 5-10 songs that help to describe his canon.  Until then, there’s this, John Cale – Paris 1919 (Live with orchestra).

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