Caribbean Sunset

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Caribbean Sunset
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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
(1982)
Caribbean Sunset
(1984)
John Cale Comes Alive
(1984)
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.

Release[edit]

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
SourceRating
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
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Praetorian Underground" 3:09
6."Magazines" 3:26
7."Where There's a Will"
  • Cale
  • Sloman
2:44
8."The Hunt" 3:56
9."Villa Albani"Cale5:33
Total length:36:59

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the Caribbean Sunset liner notes.[3]

Production

  • 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

References[edit]

  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. "TrouserPress.com :: John Cale". TrouserPress.com. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ Caribbean Sunset (CD booklet). John Cale. ZE Records. 1984. 

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