Tuesday, October 12, 2021

John Cale - Last Day on Earth (1994)


John Cale - Last Day on Earth (1994)


Tracklist front / back album covers


1. "Overture"   8:06

2. "CafĂ© Shabu"   5:37

3. "Pastoral Angst"   2:29

4. "Who's in Charge?"   2:53

5. "Short of Time"   3:08

6. "Angel of Death"   4:19

7. "Paradise Nevada"   5:33

8. "Old China"   3:13

9. "Ocean Life"   4:48

10. "Instrumental"   1:57

11. "Modern World"   5:53

12. "Streets Come Alive"   3:22

13. "Secrets"   4:19

14. "Maps of the World"   4:52

15. "Broken Hearts"   3:03

16. "The High and Mighty Road"   5:03


Total length:   68:45



John Cale Band Members / Musicians

John Cale − vocals, keyboard, viola

Bob Neuwirth − vocals, banjo, harmonica

Michael Brook − infinite guitar

David Tronzo − guitar

Eric Sanko − bass

Gerry Hemingway − percussions, sampling

Ben Perowsky − drums

Jenni Muldaur − guest vocals

Soldier String Quartet

Dave Soldier − violin, string arrangements

Lisa R. Gutkin − violin

Alicia A. Svigals − violin

Dawn M. Buckholz − cello


Roger Moutenot – engineer, mixing

Andy Green – production assistance

Taki Ono, Ayako Nagano – cover design

Tanadori Yokoo – cover art




Last Day on Earth is a collaborative album between Welsh rock multi-instrumentalist John Cale, and American singer-songwriter Bob Neuwirth. It was released in 1994 on MCA Records. Recording of the album was completed in February 1994.

Cale later said, "Superficially, I was thinking of it as a kind of a Brechtian landscape, and there were also elements of Blade Runner in it. There's a contradiction between all the longing that's going on - the lonesome kind of qualities – and the fact that it's a crowded piece, all the songs are sung by different characters".

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