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  • Paris 1919 is a Trope Codifier for Baroque Pop and contains some of the most gorgeous melodies devised by anyone.
  • The Island Records albums, Fear, Slow Dazzle and Helen of Troy. Dear god. Anyone who says that Cale was jumping on the punk bandwagon in 1978 clearly hasn't listened to these.
  • Songs for Drella, which was a far more brilliant Velvet Underground reunion than their actual reunion. Included here by virtue of Cale's claim that although Lou Reed wrote most of the words, he himself wrote most of the music. An affectionate but painfully honest oratorio about their former mentor Andy Warhol.
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  • The live album Fragments of a Rainy Season, in which Cale boiled songs from all over his career down to simple solo arrangements for voice and either piano and guitar, in some cases (e.g. "Thoughtless Kind") revealing for the first time how beautiful they actually are. This also includes his celebrated version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah".

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