ARTIST: John Cale
TITLE: The Academy in Peril
YEAR RELEASED: 1972
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Days of Steam
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No way.
LINEUP: John Cale, Adam Miller, Del Newman, Ron Wood, Legs Larry Smith, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Velvet Underground’s classically trained musician constructs a mostly instrumental, somewhat classical album that’s probably a good listen for avant-garde classical music fans.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Those wandering into this album hoping for some rock weirdness like “The Gift” or “Lady Godiva’s Operation” would be disappointed yet again. This time, though, Cale goes towards his classical music muse, and the result is decently interesting.
There is some fusion here, mostly in the engineering, as they use effects somewhat to change up the normal classical music sounds. There is also humor in “Legs Larry at Television Centre”, using the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band’s drummer as a ‘director’ narrating the musical piece.
I wouldn’t say this is essential – I would say that it’s interesting for classical avant-garde fans and those with a taste for the fusion of classical music and rock.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Andy Warhol designed the cover.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B: Some pieces are intriguing. I do think some with ears more attuned to classical will get more out of it.