Slow Dazzle (album)

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Slow Dazzle
Studio album by John Cale
Released 25 March 1975
Recorded Sound Techniques, London
Genre Rock
Length 35:49
Label Island
Producer John Cale
John Cale chronology
Slow Dazzle
Helen of Troy
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (A-)[2]

Slow Dazzle was the fifth album and the second for Island Records by former Velvet Underground member John Cale, released in 1975. The cover photography was by Keith Morris. It is also the second consecutive album to feature both Brian Eno and Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music.

Song information[edit]

"Mr. Wilson" is about Beach Boys founding member Brian Wilson. "Heartbreak Hotel" is a cover of the Elvis Presley song. "Guts" opens with the line, "The bugger in the short sleeves fucked my wife". This refers to Kevin Ayers sleeping with Cale's wife before the June 1, 1974 concert, as John Cale related in his autobiography, with Victor Bockris, What's Welsh for Zen (1998). "The Jeweler" is a spoken word piece, recalling, at least in its poetic/freeform structure, 'The Gift' from The Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat. "Heartbreak Hotel" is still frequently cited as one of the best cover versions ever recorded.[by whom?]

Track #2 from the album "Taking It All Away", was misprinted on all Island Record CD releases of the album, as "Talking It All Away."

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by John Cale; except where indicated

Original 1975 release[edit]

Side A

  1. "Mr. Wilson" (3:17)
  2. "Taking It All Away" (2:59)
  3. "Dirty-Ass Rock 'N' Roll" (4:44)
  4. "Darling I Need You" (3:38)
  5. "Rollaroll" (3:59)

Side B

  1. "Heartbreak Hotel" (3:14) – Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden, Elvis Presley
  2. "Ski Patrol" (2:12)
  3. "I'm Not The Loving Kind" (3:12)
  4. "Guts" (3:27)
  5. "The Jeweller" (5:07)

Bonus tracks 1996 remaster[edit]

The album was remastered in 1996 as part of the 2CD release The Island Years, containing also Fear and Helen of Troy. It contained the following bonus tracks:

  • "All I Want Is You" (2:55)
  • "Bamboo Floor" (3:24)

However, the last track "The Jeweller" was shortened to 4:11 on The Island Years.

No singles were released off the album.



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