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17 November 2009


M.J. Nicholls

Our record collections are eerily similar.

Mostly agreed on your review, though VV does have a naive charm at times which draws me back. The same cannot be said for 1971's "Church of Anthrax."

"Ghost Story" gets a more sympathetic reading during Cale's "reunion" set with Reed/Nico at the Bataclan -- it's a haunting and spare performance.

Of Cale's pop releases I'm more partial to "Helen of Troy" -- it's his "masterpiece" in my opinion.


Ah, well now... Church of Anthrax: watch this space. Can't say I agree about Helen of Troy, as I prefer the live versions of the best songs. But each to their own.

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