This unique collaboration was originally released in 1971 and saw Cale (fresh from his ground-breaking work as a member of the Velvet Underground and now finding his feet as a solo artist) and Riley (noted for his highly influential works “In C” and “A Rainbow in Curved Air”) create a work of atmosphere and uniqueness. All instrumental, with the exception of the song “The Soul of Patrick Lee”, “Church of Anthrax” was the perfect melding of the experimental genius of two unique musicians. Hard to catagorise, the album was recorded a year prior to its release by Columbia in February 1971 and actually preceded Cale’s first solo album.

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Remastered CD on Esoteric Recordings.

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Church Of Anthrax by John Cale & Terry Riley
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7/10 Clinton 26 June 2014

Originally released back in 1971 this is a collaboration between the ex-Velvet Underground chap and minimalist composer Terry Riley, the latter looking somewhat like comedian Mick Miller on the back sleeve. This album preceded Cale's first truly solo effort, the title track could only have been made in that wild decade known as the 70's with a kraut-ish jam augemented by freeform keyboards. 'The Soul of Patrick Lee' is a mch more concise affair, lovely soft rock that could easily fit in with the Laurel Canyon type vibe but generally the album consists of more exploratory jams, generally with a rock vibe and not as out-there as you may expect from these two. 


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