John Cale & Terry Riley ‎– Church Of Anthrax

CBS ‎– S 64259, CBS ‎– 64259
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A1 Church Of Anthrax 9:00
A2 The Hall Of Mirrors In The Palace At Versailles 7:55
B1 The Soul Of Patrick Lee
Vocals – Adam Miller
B2 Ides Of March 11:03
B3 The Protege 2:47

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Orange label states: "Made in England".

On back cover: © 1970 by Warner Bros. Music Ltd. / Shorepak by Shorewood Packaging Co. Ltd., England.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A - Stamped): S 64259 AI
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B - Stamped): S 64259 BI

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
C 30131 John Cale & Terry Riley John Cale & Terry Riley - Church Of Anthrax(LP, Album) Columbia C 30131 US 1971 Sell This Version
WOU 131 John Cale And Terry Riley John Cale And Terry Riley - Church Of Anthrax(CD, Album, RE, RM) Wounded Bird Records WOU 131 US 2008 Sell This Version
COL 474604-2, 476404 2, 31-476404-10 John Cale And Terry Riley John Cale And Terry Riley - Church Of Anthrax(CD, Album, RE) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia COL 474604-2, 476404 2, 31-476404-10 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
64259 John Cale & Terry Riley John Cale & Terry Riley - Church Of Anthrax(LP, Album, RE) CBS 64259 UK Unknown Sell This Version
ECLEC 2448 John Cale & Terry Riley John Cale & Terry Riley - Church Of Anthrax(CD, Album, RE, RM) Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2448 UK 2014 Sell This Version


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October 22, 2014
edited over 3 years ago

Probably the best project that Cale has ever been involved with (post VU that is). I loved this album when I first heard it, back in the 70s, and I still play it today. The title track is a fantastically hypnotic piece with a great driving beat and Terry Riley's keyboards spiralling out of the mix. The whole album is good - but that's probably my favourite.
To me Cale is one of the great under-achievers. To think that this album was actually recorded before Vintage Violence, his first solo record. In my opinion VV is one of the weakest (actually the very weakest) albums of the '70s that was recorded by a supposedly major figure. Why Cale pulled back from recording an album of avant-rock music in favour of a very dull collection of singer-songwriterly stuff is a mystery. Even Academy In Peril which came along in 1972 is a fairly wishy-washy farrago of quasi-classical meanderings (and a very strange 'comedy' piece to boot).
Cale certainly had the musical chops and the studio know-how to make a great record... but, in my opinion, he never really did. Ok - Paris 1919 has good moments (and Music For a New Society) but 'good moments' do not a classic album make.
Even old Lou beat him to the ultimate avant garde punch with the unrelenting Metal Machine Music - and this was many years after Cale had recorded Loop - a total destroying bit of feedback-on-tape experiment.
I feel a bit sorry for Cale - he will go down as one of the great under-achievers (not counting his productions where I admit he has done good work). What he needs to do - and it isn't too late by any means - is write himself a few pulverising bass-driven backing tracks and play some viola and keyboards over the top. Make it raw and freaky and that way he would rescue his legacy (in my own very small opinion).


May 16, 2012
edited over 5 years ago

his opus magnum. John Cale should have stopped his music career after recording this collabo with Riley - and set up a career as a poet.


May 5, 2012
WoW this is some powerful stuff right here.