Fragments of a Rainy Season

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Fragments of a Rainy Season
Live album by
Released25 September 1992
GenreArt rock
ProducerJohn 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
Trouser Pressfavourable[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 in which they were performed, 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
1."A Child's Christmas in Wales" 3:06
2."Dying on the Vine"Words: Larry Sloman3:51
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 Thomas3:43
13."Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed"Words: Thomas1:21
14."Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"Words: Thomas3:38
15."Buffalo Ballet" 2:50
16."Chinese Envoy" 3:15
17."Style It Takes"Lou Reed, John Cale2:58
18."Heartbreak Hotel"Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden, Elvis Presley6:14
19."(I Keep A) Close Watch" 2:33
20."Hallelujah"Leonard Cohen5:16
2016 re-release track listing (disc 1)
1."On a Wedding Anniversary"Words: Thomas3:43
2."Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed"Words: Thomas1:21
3."Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"Words: Thomas3:38
4."Cordoba" 3:22
5."Buffalo Ballet" 2:50
6."A Child's Christmas in Wales" 3:06
7."Darling I Need You" 3:22
8."Guts" 3:03
9."Ship of Fools" 3:44
10."Leaving It Up to You" 3:32
11."The Ballad of Cable Hogue" 2:55
12."Chinese Envoy" 3:15
13."Dying on the Vine"Words: Sloman3:51
14."Fear (Is a Man's Best Friend)" 4:07
15."Heartbreak Hotel"Axton, Durden, Presley6:14
16."Style It Takes"Reed, Cale2:58
17."Paris 1919" 3:29
18."(I Keep A) Close Watch" 2:33
19."Thoughtless Kind" 2:40
2016 re-release track listing (disc 2)
1."Fear (Is a Man's Best Friend)" Outtake4:29
2."Amsterdam" Outtake3:01
3."Broken Hearts"Bob Neuwirth, CaleOuttake3:04
4."I'm Waiting for the Man"ReedOuttake4:31
5."Heartbreak Hotel"Axton, Durden, PresleyOuttake - strings6:00
6."Fear (Is a Man's Best Friend)" Outtake - strings3:40
7."Paris 1919" Outtake - strings3:52
8."Antarctica Starts Here" Outtake - strings2:29


"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
  • Dave Soldier - violin and metal violin on "Heartbreak Hotel", string arrangements
  • Todd Reynolds - violin
  • Martha Mooke - viola
  • Dawn Avery - cello



The album features a cover version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. Cale's abridged version of Cohen's lyrics now form the basis of most other cover versions of the song, with the Cohen version being 15 verses long.


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 5 July 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.