10/28/16

John Cale - I Keep A Close Watch / You and Me Fake 7" (1975)



Good idea to request for this re-up. I thought I had done it. It's one of the most beautiful love song in music history, and this version is my fave. I could dedicate it to the one I love but actually the lyrics, rather tormented, do not reflect my relation with her. Anyway, catch it here and enjoy.

In November 1975, Island releases the album Helen Of Troy against Cale's wish, who didn't like some of the songs and considered it was still a demo-to-improve versions of the other ones. More incredible, among them was what will remain one of the best songs of his career and one of the best love songs of music history: "I Keep A Close Watch", and nobody in this record company thought it was necessary to issue it in single. It's true that between 1975 and 1977 Island will not hesitate to litterally assassinate some of their artists by arbitrary and stupid decisions. Cale will be one of the numerous victims. "I Keep A Close Watch" is a gorgeous and moving love song, orchestrated with the grandeur of the best Barry Ryan or Scott Walker songs. Lyrics, melody and arrangements make it one of these great achievements of the history that make you cry and shiver every time you listen to it. It was actually release in single some years later (in 1982), but in a new version that won't reach the summits of this original one. Cale would have liked the song to be covered by Frank Sinatra but I doubt it would have had the emotive power of Cale's version. On the B-side, I added an non-album song only released on the Island Years compilation and called "You& Me". It was recorded during the Helen Of Troy sessions and surely that Cale would have liked to see it on the album rather than some weak song. Very raw, more in the Pablo Picasso vein, this You-Really-Got-Me-riff-based song does a contrasted but welcome addition to the romantic A-side. 




Never win and never lose There's nothing much to choose Between the right and wrong Nothing lost and nothing gained Still things aren't quite the same Between you and me I keep a close watch on this heart of mine I keep a close watch on this heart of mine I still hear your voice at night When I turn out the light And try to settle down But there's nothing much I can do Because I can't live without you Any way at all I keep a close watch on this heart of mine I keep a close watch on this heart of mine

14 comments:

kingpossum said...

Brilliant assessment of Island Records at the time. Strange, because Chris Blackwell was not a stupid man. Guess he hired stupid A&R people though.

Thanks for posting and amplifying the deserved stature of this great Cale piece.

dkelvin said...

Chris Blackwell did very bad things to some of his artists during that years (see Patto's Monkey's Bum record for example). So he's one of the main to blame for Helen of Troy release and the absence of any single with this great song on A-side.
Thx for the comment and support.
dk

kingpossum said...

Yeah, that's not arguable. He did recognize the far wider appeal Marley would have over Toots to expand reggae, though it can be argued that Blackwell didn't so much elevate Marley as simply abandon Toots.

It'd be fun to blame him for Boxer's Below the Belt LP packaging but I guess we have to lay that one on Richard Branson, eh?

Zen said...

Sounds great, but I can't hear it as the link is dead. Could I trouble you for a reup of this one (and, if you care to, the Animal Justice EP)? You do God's work with this blog, you do.

Cheers,

Zen

dkelvin said...

That's done. I reupload all previous Cale posts. And I'll add some non CD reissued later.
dk

Zen said...

You're a saint.

geololo said...

Salut,

arghhh le lien est mort, encore.
Possible de le réactiver, juste pour la face B, siouplaiiiiit ?
Excellent blog, by the way, et encore merci pour le 7'' des fabuleux Saints.
You're a Saint, indeed...

dkelvin said...

Je re-uploaderai tout cela d'ici 10 jours car là je ne suis pas en situation de le faire d'ici là
dk

Joe Fracas said...

Bonsoir!
Très intéressant ton blog, je viens de le découvrir...
J'aurais bien aimé trouver les liens pour le Cale et le Saints mais je ne l'ai pas trouvé.
Mon blog à moi est là: http://fracas64.eklablog.com/accueil-c24684224
à bientôt?
Fracas

dkelvin said...

Les liens sont toujours dans "here" de Catch it here dans le corps du texte. Technique que j'ai adoptée pour être le moins repéré possible par les traqueurs de lien. Ca a l'air de marcher puisque j'attaque la 8ème année bien qu'ayant subi des suppressions de compte.
dk

dkelvin said...

PS. Je mets le lien du blog dans la liste à droite.
dk

Joe Fracas said...

Merci beaucoup!

geololo said...

Salut Didier, merci pour cette grande et belle chanson du Cale (pour cette version aussi), quelle voix, quelle classe! J'adore aussi la version seul au piano, totalement épurée, sur l'album "Fragments Of A Rainy Season". je l'avais vu en concert en Suisse, je sais plus où, il y a une 10aine d'années, en grande partie seul au piano, mais pas que, c'était beau. Bon pas très communicatif, le gaillard!
Et puis la face B, inédite...
Fracas, vraiment bien ton blog également... Ce nom, ça vient du groupe Le Fracas ? Si c'est le cas, Je viens de trouver leur 45t 4 titres, assez rare et excellent, dans une convention de disques à Salon-De-Provence... ;o)

dkelvin said...

@geololo. Non, je n'ai pas de blog qui s'appelle Fracas. Mon autre blog s'appelle Scoptophilia. Il y a confuse.
dk