Tuesday, October 12, 2021

John Cale - Music for a New Society (1982)


John Cale - Music for a New Society (1982)


Tracklist front / back album covers


Side A

1. "Taking Your Life in Your Hands"   4:45

2. "Thoughtless Kind"   2:45

3. "Sanctus" ("Sanities")   5:56

4. "If You Were Still Around"   3:24

5. "Close Watch"   2:11

6. "Mama's Song"   0:58


Side B

7. "Broken Bird"   4:43

8. "Chinese Envoy"   3:11

9. "Changes Made"   3:12

10. "Damn Life"   5:11

11. "Risé, Sam and Rimsky-Korsakov"   2:12


Original CD release

1. "Taking Your Life in Your Hands"   4:45

2. "Thoughtless Kind"   2:45

3. "Sanities"   5:56

4. "If You Were Still Around"   3:24

5. "(I Keep A) Close Watch" (includes "Mama's Song")   3:06

6. "Broken Bird"   4:43

7. "Chinese Envoy"   3:11

8. "Changes Made"   3:12

9. "Damn Life"   5:11

10. "Risé, Sam and Rimsky-Korsakov"   2:12

11. "In the Library of Force"   5:56





John Cale Band Members / Musicians

John Cale – vocals, guitars, keyboards

Allen Lanier – guitar

David J. Young – guitar, assistant engineer

David Lichtenstein – drums, engineer

John Wonderling – autoharp

Mike McClintock – background vocals

Robert Elk – bagpipes

Pipe Major Thomas FitzGibbon – bagpipes

Chris Spedding – acoustic guitar

Risé Irushalmi Cale – vocal on "Risé, Sam and Rimsky-Korsakov"


Rob O'Connor – design

Betsey Johnson – photography




Music for a New Society is the 8th solo studio album by Welsh musician John Cale, released in September 1982 by ZE Records and Island Records. With the suggestion from ZE Records owner Michael Zilkha, Cale performed the album mostly improvised live at Sky Line Studios in New York City.

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