Words for the Dying
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|Words For The Dying|
|Studio album by John Cale|
|Genre||Spoken word, art rock|
|Label||Opal, Warner Bros.|
|John Cale chronology|
The main part is oral work, read or sung by Cale, written in 1982 as a response to the Anglo-Argentinian Falklands War, using poems written by fellow Welshman, Dylan Thomas. There are also two orchestral interludes, two other solo piano pieces "Songs Without Words", and finally a song by Cale, "The Soul Of Carmen Miranda". It was recorded in Moscow, New York, London and Suffolk, England. It was produced by Brian Eno. It was reissued in 1992, and in 2005 with a different cover. Lou Reed selected the album as one of his 'picks of 1989'.
All tracks composed by John Cale; except where indicated
- The Falklands Suite
- "There Was a Saviour" (Words: Dylan Thomas)
- "Interlude I"
- "On A Wedding Anniversary" (Words: Dylan Thomas)
- "Interlude II"
- "Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed" (Words: Dylan Thomas)
- "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" (Words: Dylan Thomas)
- Songs Without Words
- "Songs Without Words I"
- "Songs Without Words II"
- "The Soul Of Carmen Miranda"
Note: Some CD pressings combine tracks "There Was a Saviour" and "Interlude I" as one track (9:36).
- John Cale : vocals, piano, guitar, bass, organ, viola
- The Orchestra of Symphonic & Popular Music of Gostelradio, Russia
- Conductor : Alexander G. Mikhailov
- The Choristers of Llandaff Cathedral Choir, Llandaff, Cardiff, South Wales
- James Elias (Dean's Scholar/Head Chorister), David Butler (Dean's Scholar/Head Chorister), Christopher Parsons, Andrew Richley, Darren Roberts, Richard Jeremy, Edward Jones, Edward Adams, Stephen Moss, Gareth Campbell, Benjamin Halsey, Benedict Davies-Jenkins, Charles Jeremy, Jonathan Robson.
- Choirmaster : Dr. Michael Kent Smith
- Brian Eno : keyboards on "The Soul of Carmen Miranda"
- Nell Catchpole : violin, viola on "The Soul of Carmen Miranda"
The Falklands Suite was recorded at Gostelradio Studios, Moscow; engineered by Sasha Karasiov. John Cale was recorded at The Strongroom, London, and Wilderness Studios, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England; engineered by Stephen Taylor and Brian Eno.
Songs Without Words I & II were recorded at the Living Room, New York City, USA; engineered by Paul Rice and Blaise Dupuy.
The Soul Of Carmen Miranda was recorded at Wilderness Studios, Woodbridge, UK.
In 1993 an 80-minute documentary film Words For The Dying, directed by Rob Nilsson, was released on DVD. It follows Cale and Eno to Moscow, London, and Wales during the creation of the album.
- Rolling Stone, March 8, 1990