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Lou Reed, John Cale – Songs for Drella (1990/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz + 24bit/192kHz]

Lou Reed, John Cale – Songs for Drella (1990/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz ,192kHz  | Time – 59:27 minutes | 1,07 + 2.12 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | ©  Warner Bros. Records
Recorded: December 1989 and January 1990, at Sigma Sound, New York City

Released in 1990, Songs for Drella was recorded as a concept album dedicated to the memory of Andy Warhol, who had died unexpectedly in 1987. The songs focus on Warhol’s life and relationships, and are roughly set in chronological order.

Songs for Drella is a concept album by Lou Reed and John Cale, both formerly of the Velvet Underground, and is dedicated to the memory of Andy Warhol, their mentor, who had died unexpectedly in 1987. Drella was a nickname for Warhol coined by Warhol Superstar Ondine, a contraction of Dracula and Cinderella, used by Warhol’s crowd but never liked by Warhol himself. The song cycle focuses on Warhol’s interpersonal relations and experiences, with songs falling roughly into three categories: Warhol’s first-person perspective (which makes up the vast majority of the album), third-person narratives chronicling events and affairs, and first-person commentaries on Warhol by Reed and Cale themselves. The songs on the album are, to some extent, in chronological order.

John Cale, the co-founder of The Velvet Underground, left the group in 1968 after tensions between himself and Lou Reed became intolerable; neither had much charitable to say about one other after that, and they seemed to share only one significant area of agreement — they both maintained a great respect and admiration for Andy Warhol, the artist whose patronage of the group helped them reach their first significant audience. So it was fitting that after Warhol’s death in 1987, Reed and Cale began working together for the first time since White Light/White Heat on a cycle of songs about the artist’s life and times. Starkly constructed around Cale’s keyboards, Reed’s guitar, and their voices, Songs for Drella is a performance piece about Andy Warhol, his rise to fame, and his troubled years in the limelight. Reed and Cale take turns on vocals, sometimes singing as the character of Andy and elsewhere offering their observations on the man they knew. On a roll after New York, Reed’s songs are strong and pithy, and display a great feel for the character of Andy, and while Cale brought fewer tunes to the table, they’re all superb, especially “Style It Takes” and “A Dream,” a spoken word piece inspired by Warhol’s posthumously published diaries. If Songs for Drella seems modest from a musical standpoint, it’s likely neither Reed nor Cale wanted the music to distract from their story, and here they paint a portrait of Warhol that has far more depth and poignancy than his public image would have led one to expect. It’s a moving and deeply felt tribute to a misunderstood man, and it’s a pleasure to hear these two comrades-in-arms working together again, even if their renewed collaboration was destined to be short-lived. –Mark Deming

Tracklist:
1 Smalltown 2:04
2 Open House 4:17
3 Style It Takes 2:54
4 Work 2:37
5 Trouble With Classicists 3:41
6 Starlight 3:28
7 Faces And Names 4:12
8 Images 3:30
9 Slip Away (A Warning) 3:05
10 It Wasn’t Me 3:30
11 I Believe 3:17
12 Nobody But You 3:45
13 A Dream 6:33
14 Forever Changed 4:51
15 Hello It’s Me 3:03

Personnel:
John Cale – vocals, keyboards, viola
Lou Reed – vocals, guitar

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