1. Hello, There
2. Gideon's Bible
4. Big White Cloud
8. Bring It On
10. Ghost Story
11. Fairweather Friend
12. Fairweather Friend (Previously Unreleased Alternate Version)
13. Wall (Previously Unreleased)
- Producers: John Cale, Lewis Merenstein.
- Reissue producer: Bruce Dickinson.
- Recorded in 1969. Includes liner notes by John Cale.
- All tracks have been digitally remastered.
- Liner Note Authors: Garland Jeffreys; John Cale.
- Recording information: 1969.
- Arranger: John Cale.
- Considering the darker surface of his former band, the Velvet Underground, John Cale's first solo album at first seems downright sunny. But, as with all of Cale's work, there are contrasts and tensions throughout. Even the album's title seems incongruous when weighed against the pop music contained within. The lyrics offer memorable phrases, but also poke around into dark corners with surreal giddiness. Where the Velvet Underground had an urban grittiness to its music, VINTAGE VIOLENCE sounds positively rural. There's an easy front porch playfulness to the songs, but it's also clear that a significant amount of effort went into their composition.
- This is idiosyncratic but highly engaging folk-rock, and is unlike anything else John Cale has ever made. Though the songs are flavored by instrumentation unique to his catalog, each song bears the inimitable Cale stamp. VINTAGE VIOLENCE is replete with steel guitar and harmonica, as well as Cale's strident classically based piano playing his Welsh-inflected singing.
Entertainment Weekly (3/16/01, p.69) - "...VIOLENCE's placid compositions are all velvet, no underground....An elegant collection of stately songcraft....for later-Cale converts it's a must." - Rating: A-
Alternative Press (3/01, p.88) - "An affable orchestral-pop opus abounding with artful hooks, rich baritone singing and elegant-as-church-spires piano, Cale's 1970 debut solo LP still sounds wonderful..."
Mojo (Publisher) (3/01, p.112) - "...With pedal steel, big orchestration and Bee-Gees-inspired crooning [this album] broadened Cale's image from avant-garde misfit to genuine pop protTgT..."