Often, talking about the Island years of John Cale is tantamount to the 1974-76 period. But there was another Island years period between 1982 and 1984, with 3 more albums, Music For A New Society, Caribbean Sunset and Comes Alives, the latter consisting of 8 songs recorded live at the London Lyceum on the 26 February 1984 and 2 studio versions of new songs, rather awful ones actually, more cos' of this terrible 80's sound than because of their inherent quality. For many, John Cale was only the shadow of himself on stage during these times but listening to this live testimony proves it was not. And it can be confirmed when looking at the Rockpalast concert that was boradcasted and easy to find on internet or in DVD. If the playing is not the one we were used to when Chris Spedding was in, you'll be surprised to discover how strong and powerful are the versions here of "Leaving It Up To You", "Fear" or "Heartbreak Hotel" (this one in a piano version that is one of the best I heard). But there's nothing to be ashamed in this set, at least in the part we are given to listen to. If I didn't post the original album (never released on CD) it's because the cover sleeve was hideous, and the association with the 2 studio songs are a nonsense and weakens the whole. So I created a cover sleeve with pictures taken during this concert and imagined this fake album.