John Cale

Born 9 March 1942.
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John Davies Cale, OBE (born 9 March 1942) is a Welsh musician, composer, singer-songwriter and record producer who was a founding member of the experimental rock band the Velvet Underground.

Though best known for his work in rock music, Cale has worked in various genres including drone and classical, and studied music at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Since departing from the Velvet Underground in 1968 he has released approximately 30 albums. Of his solo work, Cale is perhaps best known for his album Paris 1919, and his cover version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", plus his mid-1970s Island Records trilogy of albums: Fear, Slow Dazzle, and Helen of Troy.

Cale has produced or collaborated with Lou Reed, Nico, La Monte Young, John Cage, Terry Riley, Hector Zazou, Cranes, Nick Drake, Mike Heron, Kevin Ayers, Brian Eno, Patti Smith, The Stooges, Lio, The Modern Lovers, Art Bergmann, Manic Street Preachers and frontman James Dean Bradfield, Super Furry Animals, Marc Almond, Element of Crime, Squeeze, Happy Mondays, LCD Soundsystem, The Replacements, and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

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  1. Review of Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood

    Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood 2012

    Reviewed by Wyndham Wallace
    A mischievous release from a man accustomed to unconventional records.
  2. Review of Extra Playful EP

    Extra Playful EP 2011

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    Even at 69, Cale is one of today’s music world’s most vital artists.
  3. Review of Circus Live

    Circus Live 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Dirty-ass rock ‘n’ roll indeed…
  4. Review of blackAcetate

    blackAcetate 2005

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Like the wild-eyed bloke muttering next to you on the bus, John Cale refuses to go...
  5. Review of Hobo Sapiens

    Hobo Sapiens 2003

    Reviewed by Nick Reynolds
    Only John Cale would write a jolly song about driving and then put a sound effect of a...
  6. Review of 5 Tracks EP

    5 Tracks EP 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    The man who, in the 70s, used to present one of the most disturbing live shows ever...
  7. Review of Fear

    Fear 1974

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Although it is somewhat overlooked today, Fear demands repeated listening.
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