Church of Anthrax

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Church of Anthrax
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 10, 1971
Recorded1970
Genre
Length33:48
LabelColumbia
Producer
John Cale chronology
Vintage Violence
(1970)
Church of Anthrax
(1971)
The Academy in Peril
(1972)
Terry Riley chronology
A Rainbow in Curved Air
(1969)
Church of Anthrax
(1971)
Persian Surgery Dervishes
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC[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.

Content[edit]

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

Reception[edit]

Melody Maker described the album as, "An uneven record, remarkable for one excellent Cale song ("The Soul Of Patrick Lee") and the title track, a brilliantly dense piece of production. Cale's viola and bass and Riley's organ and saxophone create an impenetrable, organic vortex of sound. One of the all-time great headphones tracks, featuring the avant-garde at its funkiest."[3]

Track listing[edit]

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

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

Personnel[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mason, Stewart. "Church of Anthrax – John Cale,John Cale & Terry Riley,Terry Riley | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: C". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 23, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Mick Gold. "John Cale: Caged Heat". Rock's Backpages.

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