5/23/15

John Cale - Live at the Lyceum (1984)


Second John Cale re-up. With another did-it-myself sleeve, the Lyceum that was released on Comes Alive. Catch it here.

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.



11 comments:

Kaggsy said...

Thanks for this - Cale's various phases all have their interests, even when he was obviously falling apart! Nice blog!

Tom Siler said...

So I can't figure out who or how to buy this download? How will the artist EVER get paid?

dkelvin said...

WITF with that comment? A vinyl LP never released on CD and no more available in vinyl. What do you want? That we obey the record industry and never listen to it? That we wait for an hypothetical release? That we send money to them for help them release it? Moreover "artists get paid" is for me a fucking nonsense. I don't feel to demonstrate it.
dk

Tom Siler said...

I was being sarcastic. ..by the way I found a free download on the google, and it is awesome! If I was Cale, I would put it up on my own site and sell it as a download!

dkelvin said...

OK, I thought you were accusing me to steal the artist's money. Didn't catch the sarcastic dimension. I'm French after all.
dk

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, nice cover :) I'm the one who took these pictures. For what I remember the gig was fantastic but I was a bit dissapointed when the album was released as the sound was a bit tame compared to the concert.

Agree that the original cover was horrible, this one is much better :)

dkelvin said...

Oops. Sorry not to have asked permission. Usually I never do I must say. It's not a commercial use so I take the risk. But sometimes, I do. The problem is that I really didn't remember where I had found them. Thx not to ask to remove them. You should have given me your name, I would have credited. Yes the sound was not very good but it's an important testimony of Cale's shows at this period of his life. You were lucky to be there. I saw him more recently and it was quite boring. Congratulations for the superb pix.
dk

Anonymous said...

No problem, I don't mind you using these pics. I've been waiting for this to be offically released but that seems not to happen.
You can put tommyj as the photographer, you'll find both mine and your pics if you picture google John Cale Lyceum at the top. At least I did it :)
If you want to put my name on the covers you can put tommyj.

I also saw him recently at the Malmoe Opera in Sweden where he was performing Paris 1919 together with a full orchestra. Swedish National Television recorded it so hopefully they will broadcast it soon. The gig in Malmoe was ok but what I have seen on Youtube the Paradiso concert in Amsterdam was better.

Thanks for the kind words on my old pix. Your cover is -again- excellent and much better than the original cover!

tommyj

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Vonnoosh said...

Thank you for posting this! I started really getting into Cale's music in the late 90's and felt compelled to dig out an old record player with a hissing amplifier so I could hear this and Caribbean Sunset which are still 'lost'. Seems like his solo work never got the attention it deserves in the USA. It's my loss but thank you for making this. It's been almost 20 years since I heard these specific live tracks (I bought the Rockpalast CD and DVD sets). I like the version of Heartbreak Hotel on this live album although the band version on the Rockpalast set would have made John Cage proud. He took the song apart then left the pieces on the stage. Deconstructionism at it's finest.

I don't know if you've done this one yet but Jimmy Destri from Blondie fame's first solo album "Heart On A Wall" is excellent as well. The album is hugely underrated. It is also entirely lost. I paid $15 for a cheap CDR someone made off of that record on iOffer. I feel ripped off but at least I don't need to buy a record player to hear it.