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).