Church of Anthrax

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Church of Anthrax
Studio album by John Cale and Terry Riley
Released February 10, 1971
Recorded 1970
Genre Avant garde
Length 33:48
Label Columbia
Producer John Cale, Terry Riley
John Cale chronology
Vintage Violence
Church of Anthrax
The Academy in Peril
Terry Riley chronology
In C
Church of Anthrax
Persian Surgery Dervishes
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C [2]

Church of Anthrax is a collaboration between John Cale and Terry Riley. The record was released in February 1971 by Cale's record company, Columbia Records, nearly a year after the material was recorded; in fact it was recorded prior to Cale's solo debut Vintage Violence.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by John Cale and Terry Riley, except "The Soul of Patrick Lee" by John Cale. "The Soul of Patrick Lee" is the only vocal track on the album. All others are instrumentals.

Side A

  1. "Church of Anthrax" (9:05)
  2. "The Hall of Mirrors in the Palace at Versailles" (7:59)

Side B

  1. "The Soul of Patrick Lee" (2:49)
  2. "Ides of March" (11:03)
  3. "The Protege" (2:52)

No singles were taken from the album.


  • Cover design: John Berg and Richard Mantel
  • Cover art: Kim Whitesides
  • Cover photo: Don Huntstein