Church of Anthrax

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Church of Anthrax
Studio album by John Cale and Terry Riley
Released February 10, 1971
Recorded 1970
Length 33:48
Label Columbia
John Cale chronology
Vintage Violence
Church of Anthrax
The Academy in Peril
Terry Riley chronology
A Rainbow in Curved Air
Church of Anthrax
Persian Surgery Dervishes
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC[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.


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

Side A
1."Church of Anthrax"9:05
2."The Hall of Mirrors in the Palace at Versailles"7:59
Side B
1."The Soul of Patrick Lee"2:49
2."Ides of March"11:03
3."The Protégé"2:52


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


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