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Album: The Island Years
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Fear Is A Man's Best Friend More Info... 3:55
2)    Buffalo Ballet More Info... 3:29
3)    Barracuda More Info... 3:47
4)    Emily More Info... 4:24
5)    Ship Of Fools More Info... 4:37
6)    Gun More Info... 8:06
7)    The Man Who Couldn't Afford To Orgy More Info... 4:34
8)    You Know Me More Than I Know More Info... 3:36
9)    Momamma Scuba More Info... 4:24
10)    Sylvia Said 1995 Remix More Info... 4:10
11)    All I Want Is You More Info... 2:57
12)    Bamboo Floor More Info... 3:26
13)    Mr. Wilson More Info... 3:16
14)    Taking It All Away More Info... 2:59
15)    Dirty Ass Rock 'N' Roll More Info... 4:44
16)    Darling I Need You More Info... 3:38
17)    Rollaroll More Info... 4:00
  Disc 2
1)    Heartbreak Hotel More Info... 3:13
2)    Ski Patrol More Info... 2:09
3)    I'm Not The Loving Kind More Info... 3:09
4)    Guts More Info... 3:28
5)    The Jeweller More Info... 4:13
6)    My Maria More Info... 3:51
7)    Helen Of Troy More Info... 4:22
8)    China Sea More Info... 2:33
9)    Engine More Info... 2:47
10)    Save Us More Info... 2:23
11)    Cable Hogue More Info... 3:32
12)    I Keep A Close Watch More Info... 3:30
13)    Pablo Picasso More Info... 3:22
14)    Leaving It Up To You More Info... 4:36
15)    Baby What You Want Me To Do More Info... 4:50
16)    Sudden Death More Info... 4:40
17)    You & Me More Info... 2:53
18)    Coral Moon More Info... 2:15
19)    Mary Lou More Info... 2:49
3)    Barracuda More Info... 0:03
4)    Emily More Info... 0:04
5)    Ship of Fools More Info... 0:04
6)    Gun More Info... 0:08
7)    The Man Who Couldn't Afford to Orgy More Info... 0:04
8)    You Know More Than I Know More Info... 0:03
9)    Momamma Scuba More Info... 0:04
10)    Sylvia Said More Info... 0:04
11)    All I Want Is You More Info... 0:03
12)    Bamboo Floor More Info... 0:03
13)    Mr. Wilson More Info... 0:03
14)    Taking It All Away More Info... 0:03
15)    Dirty Ass Rock 'N' Roll More Info... 0:04
16)    Darling I Need You More Info... 0:03
17)    Rollaroll More Info... 0:04
18)    Coral Moon More Info... 0:02
19)    Mary Lou More Info... 0:02
 

Album: The Island Years
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Fear Is A Man's Best Friend More Info... 3:55
2)    Buffalo Ballet More Info... 3:29
3)    Barracuda More Info... 3:47
4)    Emily More Info... 4:24
5)    Ship Of Fools More Info... 4:37
6)    Gun More Info... 8:06
7)    The Man Who Couldn't Afford To Orgy More Info... 4:34
8)    You Know Me More Than I Know More Info... 3:36
9)    Momamma Scuba More Info... 4:24
10)    Sylvia Said 1995 Remix More Info... 4:10
11)    All I Want Is You More Info... 2:57
12)    Bamboo Floor More Info... 3:26
13)    Mr. Wilson More Info... 3:16
14)    Taking It All Away More Info... 2:59
15)    Dirty Ass Rock 'N' Roll More Info... 4:44
16)    Darling I Need You More Info... 3:38
17)    Rollaroll More Info... 4:00
  Disc 2
1)    Heartbreak Hotel More Info... 3:13
2)    Ski Patrol More Info... 2:09
3)    I'm Not The Loving Kind More Info... 3:09
4)    Guts More Info... 3:28
5)    The Jeweller More Info... 4:13
6)    My Maria More Info... 3:51
7)    Helen Of Troy More Info... 4:22
8)    China Sea More Info... 2:33
9)    Engine More Info... 2:47
10)    Save Us More Info... 2:23
11)    Cable Hogue More Info... 3:32
12)    I Keep A Close Watch More Info... 3:30
13)    Pablo Picasso More Info... 3:22
14)    Leaving It Up To You More Info... 4:36
15)    Baby What You Want Me To Do More Info... 4:50
16)    Sudden Death More Info... 4:40
17)    You & Me More Info... 2:53
18)    Coral Moon More Info... 2:15
19)    Mary Lou More Info... 2:49
3)    Barracuda More Info... 0:03
4)    Emily More Info... 0:04
5)    Ship of Fools More Info... 0:04
6)    Gun More Info... 0:08
7)    The Man Who Couldn't Afford to Orgy More Info... 0:04
8)    You Know More Than I Know More Info... 0:03
9)    Momamma Scuba More Info... 0:04
10)    Sylvia Said More Info... 0:04
11)    All I Want Is You More Info... 0:03
12)    Bamboo Floor More Info... 0:03
13)    Mr. Wilson More Info... 0:03
14)    Taking It All Away More Info... 0:03
15)    Dirty Ass Rock 'N' Roll More Info... 0:04
16)    Darling I Need You More Info... 0:03
17)    Rollaroll More Info... 0:04
18)    Coral Moon More Info... 0:02
19)    Mary Lou More Info... 0:02
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: John Cale (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, bass, percussion); Chris Spedding, Phil Manzanera, Richard Thompson, Bryn Haworth (guitar); Chris Thomas (violin, keyboards); Andy Mackay (saxophone); Brian Eno, John Wood (synthesizer); Pat Donaldson, Archie Leggatt, Trevor Burton, Brian Turrington (bass); Timmi Donald, Gerry Conway, Phil Collins, Fred Smith, Raymond Duffy, Keith Smart, Michael Des Maris (drums); Tony Carr (percussion); Judy Nylon, Irene Chanter, Doreen Chanter, Geoff Muldaur, Alan Courtney, Liza Strike, Barry St. John (background vocals).
  • Producer: John Cale.
  • Compilation producer: Bill Levenson.
  • Recorded at Sound Techniques and Olympic Studios, London, England between 1974 and 1976. Includes liner notes by Ben Edmonds.
  • Digitally remastered by Steve Fallone (PolyGram Studios).
  • THE ISLAND YEARS includes songs from the albums FEAR, SLOW DAZZLE and HELEN OF TROY as well as other selections.
  • Personnel: John Cale (vocals, guitar, piano, Clavinet, keyboards, percussion); Phil Manzanera, Richard Thompson (guitar, slide guitar); Chris Spedding (guitar); Bryn Haworth (slide guitar); Chris E. Thomas (violin, electric piano, keyboards); Andy Mackay (saxophone); Doreen Chanter, Liza Strike, Irene Chanter (synthesizer, background vocals); John Wood , Brian Eno (synthesizer); Keith Smart, Fred E. Smith, Gerry Conway, Raymond Duffy, Michael Desmarais, Phil Collins, Fred Smith , Timi Donald (drums); Tony Carr (percussion); Geoff Muldaur, Alan Courtney, Judy Nylon, Barry St. John (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: John Wood ; Martin Brass; Victor Gamm.
  • Audio Remasterer: Steve Fallone.
  • Liner Note Author: Ben Edmonds.
  • Recording information: Olympic Studios, London, England; Sound Techniques & Olympic Studios, London, England.
  • Photographers: Kate Simon ; Geoff Gans; Mick Rock ; Hugh Brown ; Keith Morris.
  • Arranger: John Cale.
  • John Cale, a founding member of the Velvet Underground, has been an influence on two or more generations of rockers. Cale produced the debut albums by Iggy & The Stooges, Patti Smith and Squeeze, and collaborated with minimalist composer/icon Terry Riley and avant-rock composer/producer Brian Eno, among others. He also managed to put out a unique and singular body of solo work. Many fans and critics consider his albums on the Island label from the mid-1970s to be his best. The albums FEAR, SLOW DAZZLE and HELEN OF TROY (the latter previously available in the USA as an import only) have been collected on a 2-CD set, with six previously unreleased songs.
  • During his Island tenure, Cale composed and performed some of the most stark, enigmatic, and melodically appealing pop and rock & roll songs ever. The songs cover a wide range of style and tone from the evocative "Buffalo Ballet" to the ominous, Doors-like rocker "Momamma Scuba" to Cale's shimmering tribute to the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, "Mr. Wilson." THE ISLAND YEARS, along with PARIS 1919 and WORDS FOR THE DYING, is a superb representation of Cale's best, most inspired work.
Professional Reviews
Q (10/96, p.175) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...FEAR set the template for reflecting the Velvet's hard/soft dichotomy....SLOW DAZZLE retained FEAR's purposeful artistry but lent it a leather-jacket....the energy remains, and `Leaving It Up To You,' `I Keep A Close Watch' and `Cable Hogue' are among his career highlights..."

The Wire (6/00, pp.37-8) - "...All of his Island records have something to recoomend them....The genuinely psychological menace explored on FEAR, his 1st and best Island release, has degenerated into theatrical rock mugging on HELEN OF TROY..."
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