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Live At Rockpalast

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Live At Rockpalast
Live At Rockpalast


Even today, JOHN CALE is renowned for having been a member of The Velvet Underground alongside Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker and Sterling Morrison. Though less known to many fans are his early collaborations with avant-garde musicians like John Cage or La Monte Young. His solo works have always been a mixture of classical influenced avant-garde, orchestral works and dynamic, experimental Rock. He has worked as a musician, producer (Nico, Patti Smith, Happy Mondays, to name a few) and arranger. His collaborations with artists such as Brian Eno, Kevin Ayers or Little Feat are legendary. When he was invited for the Rockpalast-Festival on October, 14th 1984, he had just released the desolate masterpiece "Music For A New Society" (1982), "Caribbean Sunset" (1983) and "John Cale Comes Alive" (1984). Compared to the official live album, JOHN CALE's performance at the Rockpalast was far more intense, desperate and wild. He performed the songs with a very hard edge, sometimes even deconstructed them ("Heartbreak Hotel"), receiving a mixed reaction from the audience, that just has survived performances of Level 24, Huey Lewis & The News and Chalice. When JOHN CALE appeared onstage it nearly was 3 o'clock in the morning, the atmosphere in the hall was as tense and menacing as the concert that followed. Starting with the selfironic "Autobiography" (a song that has never been played or released before or after!), this concert represents the rock-musician JOHN CALE, playing highlights from the last studio album "Caribbean Sunset" as well as all-time-classics like "Fear Is A Man's Best Friend", "Paris 1919" and a breathtaking version of the Velvet Underground-classic "Waiting For The Man". Supported by David Lichtenstein (drums), Andy Heermans (bass) and David Young (guitar) JOHN CALE presented the songs in very rough, sparse, nearly minimalistic arrangements, always cutting the edge and strictly coming the point in every song. Up to this day, this performance remains one of the most spectacular concerts in the history of the Rockpalast-Series. In sharp contrast to this performance you will find a second concert at Zeche Bochum from 1983. Here you will find the more introverted JOHN CALE: a man and his piano performing his all-time-classics, including an extremely expressive version of "Fear Is A Man's Best Friend". Altogether, this set perfectly represents the many facettes of the JOHN CALE in the early 80s it is a historic document which stands the test of time. The legendary "Rockpalast"-performance as re-launch with 2 DVDs and 2 CDs Digipack-boxset with booklet, fotos and linernotes. Another gem from the "Rockpalast"-series! One of the most spectacular and noteable "Rockpalast"-concerts, recorded during the 14th Rockpalast-night 1984. In contrast to the rough rocking performance of "John Cale & Band" you will find a second concert of John Cale at Zeche/Bochum 1983, where you can watch and listen John Cale as an introverted solo.


  1. Name
  2. Autobiography
  3. Oh La La
  4. Evidence
  5. Magazines
  6. Model Beirut Recital
  7. Streets Of Laredo
  8. Dr. Mudd
  9. Leaving It Up To You
  10. Caribbean Sunset
  11. The Hunt
  12. Fear Is A Man's Best Friend
  13. Heartbreak Hotel
  14. Paris 1919
  15. Waiting For The Man
  16. Mercenaries (Ready For War)
  17. Pablo Picasso/Love Me Two Times
  18. Close Watch
  19. Ghost Story
  20. Ship To Fools
  21. Leaving It All Up To You
  22. Amsterdam
  23. Child's Christmas In Wales
  24. Buffalo Ballet
  25. Recital
  26. Antarctica Starts Here
  27. Taking It All Away
  28. Riverbank
  29. Paris 1919
  30. Guts
  31. Chinese Envoy
  32. Thoughtless Kind
  33. Only Time Will Tell
  34. Cable Hogue
  35. Dead Or Alive
  36. Waiting For The Man
  37. Heartbreak Hotel
  38. Chorale
  39. Fear Is A Man's Best Friend
  40. Close Watch
  41. Streets Of Laredo
  42. Autobiography (video)
  43. Oh La La (video)
  44. Evidence (video)
  45. Magazines (video)
  46. Model Beiruth Recital (video)
  47. Streets Of Laredo (video)
  48. Dr. Mudd (video)
  49. Leaving It Up To You (video)
  50. Caribbean Sunset (video)
  51. The Hunt (video)
  52. Fear Is A Man´s Best Friend (video)
  53. Heartbreak Hotel (video)
  54. Paris 1919 (video)
  55. Waiting For The Man (video)
  56. Mercenaries (Ready For War) (video)
  57. Pablo Picasso / Love Me Two Times (video)
  58. Close Watch (video)
  59. Ghost Story (video)
  60. Ship Of Fools (video)
  61. Leaving It Up To You (video)
  62. Amsterdam (video)
  63. A Child´s Christmas In Wales (video)
  64. Buffalo Ballet (video)
  65. Antarctica Starts Here (video)
  66. Taking It All Away (video)
  67. Riverbank (video)
  68. Paris 1919 (video)
  69. Guts (video)
  70. Chinese Envoy (video)
  71. Thoughless Kind (video)
  72. Only Time Will Tell (video)
  73. Cable Hough (video)
  74. Dead Or Alive (video)
  75. Waiting For The Man (video)
  76. Heartbreak Hotel (video)
  77. Chorale (video)
  78. Fear Is A Man´s Best Friend (video)
  79. Close Watch (video)
  80. Streets Of Laredo (video)
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