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 collaborative studio album by musicians John Cale and Terry Riley. It was released in February 1971 by record label Columbia, nearly a year after the material was recorded; in fact, it was recorded prior to Cale's solo debut Vintage Violence.


"The Soul of Patrick Lee" is the only vocal track on the album; all others are instrumentals. No singles were taken from the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by John Cale and Terry Riley, except "The Soul of Patrick Lee" by John Cale. 

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Church of Anthrax"   9:05
2. "The Hall of Mirrors in the Palace at Versailles"   7:59
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "The Soul of Patrick Lee"   2:49
2. "Ides of March"   11:03
3. "The Protégé"   2:52


Additional personnel
Technical personnel
  • John Berg – cover design
  • Richard Mantel – cover design
  • Kim Whitesides – cover art
  • Don Huntstein – cover photography