Fragments of a Rainy Season

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Fragments of a Rainy Season
Live album by John Cale
Released 25 September 1992
Genre Art rock
Length 70:58
Label Hannibal
Producer John Cale, Jean-Michel Reusser
John Cale chronology
Paris s'eveille - suivi d'autres compositions
Fragments of a Rainy Season
23 Solo Pieces for La Naissance de L'Amour
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Trouser Press favourable[2]

Fragments of a Rainy Season is a 1992 live solo album by John Cale, performed at various locations during his 1992 tour. A 16-track DVD, recorded at the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (Palais des Beaux-Arts, now BOZAR) in Brussels, Belgium, that features the tracks in the order they were performed in, was also released. The album cover was designed by noted conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by John Cale; except where indicated

Original 1992 Release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Child's Christmas In Wales"   3:06
2. "Dying On The Vine" Words: Larry Sloman 3:51
3. "Cordoba"   3:22
4. "Darling I Need You"   3:22
5. "Paris 1919"   3:29
6. "Guts"   3:03
7. "Fear (Is A Man's Best Friend)"   4:07
8. "Ship Of Fools"   3:44
9. "Leaving It Up To You"   3:32
10. "The Ballad Of Cable Hogue"   2:55
11. "Thoughtless Kind"   2:40
12. "On A Wedding Anniversary" Words: Dylan Thomas 3:43
13. "Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed" Words: Dylan Thomas 1:21
14. "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" Words: Dylan Thomas 3:38
15. "Buffalo Ballet"   2:50
16. "Chinese Envoy"   3:15
17. "Style It Takes" Lou Reed, John Cale 2:58
18. "Heartbreak Hotel" Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden, Elvis Presley 6:14
19. "(I Keep A) Close Watch"   2:33
20. "Hallelujah" Leonard Cohen 5:16


"Heartbreak Hotel" / "(I Keep A) Close Watch" / "You Know More Than I Know" / "Heartbreak Hotel" CD-EP France 1992. (2,3,4: previously unreleased performances)

"Where There's A Will" / "(I Keep A) Close Watch" / "You Know More Than I Know" / "Heartbreak Hotel" CD-EP France 1992. (all previously unreleased performances; came with the French music magazine Les Inrockuptiles, titled "More Fragments")


Soldier String Quartet



Chart (2016–17) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[3] 102
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[4] 6


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Grant, Steven; Sheridan, David; Robbins, Ira. " :: John Cale". Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ " – John Cale – Fragments of a Rainy Season" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  4. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2017.