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
(1970) Vintage Violence1970
Church of Anthrax
(1971) Church of Anthrax1971
The Academy in Peril
(1972) The Academy in Peril1972
Terry Riley chronology
In C
(1968) In C1968
Church of Anthrax
(1971) Church of Anthrax1971
Persian Surgery Dervishes
(1972) Persian Surgery Dervishes1972
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 tracks written 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
  • Don Meehan - engineer
  • John Berg, Richard Mantel – cover design
  • Kim Whitesides – cover art
  • Don Huntstein – cover photography


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