Caribbean Sunset

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Caribbean Sunset
Studio album by John Cale
Released 1984
Recorded Right Track Recording, New York City, U.S.
Genre Rock
Length 36:59
Label ZE
Producer John Cale
John Cale chronology
Music for a New Society
Caribbean Sunset
John Cale Comes Alive
Singles from Caribbean Sunset
  1. "Hungry for Love"
    Released: 1984
  2. "Villa Albani"
    Released: 1984

Caribbean Sunset is the ninth solo studio album by Welsh musician John Cale, released in 1984 by ZE Records.


Caribbean Sunset was released on vinyl and cassette in 1984 by ZE Records. It was reissued on vinyl by Mango in 1990.[1] Both the ZE and Mango vinyl versions are now out of print.

"Villa Albani" was released as a 12" single in Germany. "Caribbean Sunset" was issued as a promo 7" in the UK.

To date, the album remains unavailable on CD or MP3, though an unauthorised download was available for a brief period from ZE Records.

The album features contributions from Brian Eno and an otherwise "young unknown" band.[1]

The cover photograph was taken by Risé Irushalmi Cale.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic1.5/5 stars[1]
Trouser Press[2](negative)

Upon release, Caribbean Sunset received negative reviews from music critics. In a retrospective review for AllMusic, critic Stewart Mason panned the album, calling it "something of a mess. The songs are among the poppiest of Cale's career, and one gets the sense that it's meant to be Cale's attempt at a straight-up pop album, especially given the Jimmy Buffett-like title and cover photo."[1] Trouser Press called it his "least interesting album to date", adding that "even if the puzzlingly muddy self-production hadn't stifled everything but his jagged-edged vocals, the songs themselves are too flimsy to support his words or passion.".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Cale and Dave Young, except where noted.

Side one
1."Hungry for Love" 3:48
2."Experiment Number 1"John Cale5:45
3."Model Beirut Recital" 4:15
4."Caribbean Sunset"4:23
Side two
5."Praetorian Underground" 3:09
6."Magazines" 3:26
7."Where There's a Will"
  • Cale
  • Sloman
8."The Hunt" 3:56
9."Villa Albani"Cale5:33
Total length:36:59


Adapted from the Caribbean Sunset liner notes.[3]


  • John Cale – producer; mixing
  • Tom Roberts – associate producer
  • Tim "Thilby" Crich – assistant engineer
  • David Schecterson – assistant engineer
  • Andy Heermans – engineer on "Magazines"
  • Rob O'Connor – sleeve design
  • Risé Irushalmi Cale – cover photography


  1. ^ a b c d Mason, Stewart. "Caribbean Sunset – John Cale | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Grant, Steven; Sheridan, David; Robbins, Ira. " :: John Cale". Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ Caribbean Sunset (CD booklet). John Cale. ZE Records. 1984. 

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