John Cale ‎– Paris 1919

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The third solo studio album by John Cale, released on 25 February 1973 by Reprise Records. Musicians such as Lowell George and Wilton Felder worked with Cale on the release. Its title is a reference to the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, and song contents explore various aspects of early 20th century Western Europe culture and history.

The album received a full CD reissue on 19 June 2006 by Rhino Records UK, featuring the original album remastered, in addition to the outtake "Burned Out Affair", alternate and rehearsal versions of every song on the album, a hidden, unlisted instrumental version of "Macbeth", and the sound effects of the chirping birds found in the title track.

Versions (34)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MS 2131 John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album) Reprise Records MS 2131 US 1973 Sell This Version
N° 44 239, 44239 John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records N° 44 239, 44239 France 1973 Sell This Version
MS 2131 John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album) Reprise Records MS 2131 US 1973 Sell This Version
K 44239, (MS 2131) John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records K 44239, (MS 2131) UK 1973 Sell This Version
RS 2131 John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album) Reprise Records RS 2131 New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version
N° 44 239, 44239 John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records N° 44 239, 44239 France 1973 Sell This Version
MS 2131 John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, Promo) Reprise Records MS 2131 US 1973 Sell This Version
REP 44 239 John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records REP 44 239 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
MS-2131 John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, TP) Columbia MS-2131 US 1973 Sell This Version
K 44239, (MS 2131) John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, TP) Reprise Records, Reprise Records K 44239, (MS 2131) UK 1973 Sell This Version
MS 2131 John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, Ter) Reprise Records MS 2131 US 1973 Sell This Version
K 44239 John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, RP) Reprise Records K 44239 UK 1974 Sell This Version
59 027 John Cale Paris 1919 - Music & Art Collection(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Reprise Records 59 027 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
S 50.054 John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records S 50.054 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
K 444 239, K 444239 John Cale Paris 1919(Cass) Reprise Records, Reprise Records K 444 239, K 444239 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
K 44239, K44239 John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records K 44239, K44239 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
MB444239 John Cale Paris 1919(Cass, Album) Reprise Records MB444239 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
2131-2, 2-2131 John Cale Paris 1919(CD, Album) Reprise Records, Warner Archives 2131-2, 2-2131 US 1993 Sell This Version
7599-25926-2, 2-2131 John Cale Paris 1919(CD, Album, RE) Warner Archives, Reprise Records, Reprise Records 7599-25926-2, 2-2131 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
WPCR-1819 John Cale Paris 1919(CD, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Warner Archives WPCR-1819 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
8122 74060 2 John Cale Paris 1919(CD, Album, RE, RM) Reprise Records, Rhino Records (2), Rhino UK 8122 74060 2 UK 2006 Sell This Version
4M 125 John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, RE, 180) 4 Men With Beards 4M 125 US 2007 Sell This Version
7599-25926-2 John Cale Paris 1919(CD, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Warner Archives 7599-25926-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
LB 44 239 John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records LB 44 239 Spain Unknown Sell This Version
K44239, REP 44 239, (MS 2131) John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records, Reprise Records K44239, REP 44 239, (MS 2131) Europe Unknown Sell This Version
K 44239 John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records K 44239 UK Unknown Sell This Version
K44239, (MS 2131) John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records K44239, (MS 2131) Europe Unknown Sell This Version
K44239, (MS 2131) John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records K44239, (MS 2131) Europe Unknown Sell This Version
K44239, REP 44 239 John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records K44239, REP 44 239 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
K44239, REP 44 239, (MS 2131) John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records, Reprise Records K44239, REP 44 239, (MS 2131) Europe Unknown Sell This Version
K44239, REP 44 239, (MS 2131) John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records, Reprise Records K44239, REP 44 239, (MS 2131) Europe Unknown Sell This Version
K 44239 John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records K 44239 Unknown Sell This Version
K44239, REP 44 239, (MS 2131) John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records, Reprise Records K44239, REP 44 239, (MS 2131) Europe Unknown Sell This Version
K44239, MS2131 John Cale Paris 1919(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records K44239, MS2131 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

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Xa_M

Xa_M

October 15, 2017
referencing Paris 1919, LP, Album, RE, 180, 4M 125
Chiming in to confirm that this is a terrible pressing. Sounds very bad.
Sohazlewood

Sohazlewood

October 14, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Paris 1919, LP, Album, K 44239, (MS 2131)
Mine is a German pressing (stated on both album cover and record labels album) with the same catalogue number
bergstruhm

bergstruhm

August 6, 2017
referencing Paris 1919, LP, Album, RE, 180, 4M 125
I'm not much of an audiophile (ironic, I know), so if I think a record sounds terrible it really does. And this record sounds terrible.
flowerage

flowerage

March 5, 2017
referencing Paris 1919, LP, Album, RE, 180, 4M 125

Probably the worst-sounding record in my collection. Do not buy this pressing! The album itself is very good.
atgartner

atgartner

December 6, 2016
referencing Paris 1919, LP, Album, RE, 180, 4M 125

Sounds muffled. As if there was cotton in one's ears. Are other pressings better?
roky.lindstrom

roky.lindstrom

August 27, 2016
referencing Paris 1919, LP, Album, RP, K 44239
My copy is probably German. It says Made in Germany on the label and GEMA/Biem. K 44239.
Free_Phi

Free_Phi

August 18, 2016
referencing Paris 1919, LP, Album, RE, 180, 4M 125

One of the very worst-sounding pressings of anything I've ever heard. Unlistenable.
larsmartinc

larsmartinc

March 24, 2016
referencing Paris 1919, LP, Album, RP, K 44239
My copy is "Made in UK", no WEA logo on labels. Side are numbered "SIDE ONE" and "SIDE TWO". Matrix reads 44239 A1/B1 respectively. "RAYS" is engraved in runout on side one. Sleeve by Shorepack. Cannot find it among the releases listed here.
jussumen

jussumen

October 8, 2010
referencing Paris 1919, LP, Album, RE, REP 44 239

What a fine album this is. Often overlooked when it coms to real good + important albums, that are gorgeous from start to finish, have a certain stand alone quality without sounding weird at all. I think this is what confuses the occasional listener most here. This record sounds so nice and harmless you could think you are listening to a Caravan album, but the more intense you listen the more rewarding the music and the songs get.
From the simply lovely hanky Panky Nohow over Tea With Graham Greene through half past france to the 'paranoid old movie queen.." on Antarctica starts here the mood changes from a tea time conversation tone to something filled with angst and paranoia. The music paints the canvas just perfectly - imagine The core of Little Feat plus the ever present Pete Kleinow taking care of slide.
The production by Chris Thomas sounds brilliant and polished like a Queen album.
Alll that couldn't lift this to Gold status or fame. More a footnote in Rockhistor, but it is music like that I like to revisit after decades to hear that they still have something to tell me. Checkit out if you