John Cale

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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 American experimental rock band the Velvet Underground.

Over his five-decade career, Cale has worked in various styles across rock, drone, classical, avant-garde, and electronic music. He studied music at Goldsmiths College, University of London, before relocating to New York City's downtown music scene in the mid-1960s, where he performed as part of the Theatre of Eternal Music and formed the Velvet Underground. Since leaving the band 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, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Animal Collective. He produced the first albums of the Stooges, the Modern Lovers, Patti Smith, Squeeze, and Happy Mondays.

Cale was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Velvet Underground in 1996, and appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Vintage Violence John Cale 2 4
1971 Church of Anthrax John Cale & Terry Riley 3 3
1972 The Academy in Peril John Cale 2
1973 Paris 1919 John Cale 4.5 3
1974 Fear John Cale 1
1975 Helen of Troy John Cale 3 3
1975 Slow Dazzle John Cale 3
1981 Honi Soit John Cale 2
1982 Music for a New Society John Cale 4 2
1984 Caribbean Sunset John Cale 4
1985 Artificial Intelligence John Cale 2
1989 Words for the Dying John Cale 3 2
1990 Songs for Drella Lou Reed / John Cale 5 4
1990 Wrong Way Up Eno/Cale 2 5
1994 Last Day on Earth John Cale & Bob Neuwirth 1
1996 Walking on Locusts John Cale 1
1998 Dance Music John Cale 1
1999 The Unknown John Cale 1
2000 Inside the Dream Syndicate, Volume I: Day of Niagara (1965) John Cale, Tony Conrad, Angus MacLise, La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela 3
2001 Stainless Gamelan: Inside the Dream Syndicate, Volume III: Table of the Elements John Cale 2
2003 HoboSapiens John Cale 3
2005 blackAcetate John Cale 2
2005 Dream Interpretation: Inside the Dream Syndicate Volume II John Cale 1
2009 Cohen Revisited (A Tribute To Leonard Cohen) John Cale 1
2012 Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood John Cale 6
2014 Church of Anthrax John Cale 1
2016 M:FANS John Cale 1
2016 M:FANS John Cale 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Guts John Cale 1
1994 Seducing Down the Door: A Collection 1970 - 1990 John Cale 1
1996 The Island Years John Cale 1
1999 Close Watch: An Introduction to John Cale John Cale 1
2006 New York in the 1960s John Cale 1
2012 Conflict & Catalysis: Productions & Arrangements 1966-2006 John Cale 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 June 1, 1974 Kevin AyersJohn CaleEnoNico 3
1979 Sabotage / Live John Cale 3
1991 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues John Cale 1
1992 Fragments of a Rainy Season John Cale 3
2003 Le Bataclan '72 Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico 4
2007 Circus Live John Cale 1
2010 Live at Rockpalast John Cale 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Paris s'éveille John Cale 1
1993 23 Solo Pieces for La Naissance de L'amour John Cale 1
1995 Antártida John Cale 1
1995 N'oublie pas que tu vas mourir John Cale 1
1997 Eat / Kiss, Music for the Films by Andy Warhol John Cale 1
1999 Le Vent De La Nuit John Cale 1
2005 Process John Cale 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Mercenaries John Cale 1
1991 Hallelujah John Cale 1
1991 One Word Eno/Cale 2 1
2003 Things John Cale 1
2005 Perfect John Cale 1
2006 Jumbo (In Tha Modern World) John Cale 1
2012 I Wanna Talk 2 U John Cale 1
2012 Face to the Sky John Cale 2
2013 Living With You John Cale 1
2013 All Summer Long John Cale 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 5 Tracks John Cale 2
2011 Extra Playful John Cale 3

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Sun Blindness Music: New York in the 1960's, Volume 1 John Cale 3 2
2012 Extra Playful: Transitions John Cale 1
1975-11-05: Drury Lane, London, England, UK John Cale, Chris Spedding, Pat Donaldson, Timi Donald, Chris Thomas & Brian Eno 1

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