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John Cale live 1983

Hello, I'm back again. Other things to do, some trouble with my internet provider, such were things that kept me from posting.
My first "new" post is a fantastic live performance by the great John Cale from March 7th 1983 in the Markthalle in Hamburg. Just him solo with his guitar and piano, very intense, but also very charming as he was in pretty good mood, joked with the audience and seemed to have a good time himself. Until then I had only heard very little by John Cale, but after this concert I was hooked. I have seen him a few times since then, mostly solo but 2003 he played a free open-air in Oldenburg with a band.

The sound quality is pretty good as it was later broadcasted on NDR 2.

John Cale live 07.03.1983, Markthalle Hamburg part 1

John Cale live 07.03.1983, Markthalle Hamburg part 2

The second post is a performance John Cale gave in the studios of BFBS in Cologne on February 5th 1984 in Alan Bangs' show Nightflight. It's not the complete show, only a few songs, among them also a Jonathan Richman song and "Song to the siren" by This Mortal Coil (played on 33rpm!), but that's what was on the tape.

John Cale live 05.02.1984, BFBS

Tracklists are in the comments!

Looking through my CD archive I found another live recording by John Cale: Fragments of a rainy season. This was released 1992 by Hannibal/Rykodisk. I don't know when and where it was recorded, but there also is a DVD of the same title but with a different tracklist...
The sound quality is perfect. This time I encoded the files with mp3pro at 96 kbps, so don't be worried when you see that rate.

John Cale - Fragments of a rainy season live 1992

For a change I tried DivShare this time, post your experience, if something does not work.


Some songs are not titled correctly in the zip file,
here are the correct titles (my wrong ones in brackets).

John Cale 07.03.83
01 Ghost story (Gallagher says)
02 Old crack looking glass
03 Ship of fools
04 Leaving it up to you
05 Amsterdam
06 Piano interlude
07 Child's Christmas in Wales
08 Antarctica starts here
09 Taking it all away
10 Riverbank
11 Paris 1919 (You're a ghost)
12 B flat
13 Chinese envoy
14 Thoughtless kind
15 Only time will tell
16 Cable Hogue
17 Dead or alive
18 Waiting for the man
19 Heartbreak Hotel (Hold me down)
20 Pablo Picasso
21 Chorale (The light of the living)
22 Fear is a man's best friend
23 Close watch
24 Buffalo ballet (Abilene)
25 Streets of Laredo/ Buffalo ballet

The last song actually belongs to :
John Cale 05.02.84
01 A child's Christmas in Wales
02 I'm walking by Jonathan Richman
03 Will Powers supporters
04 Heartbreak Hotel
05 Close watch
06 Acoustic guitar
07 Where there's a will/Hedda Gabler
08 Waiting for my man/Song for the siren by This Mortal Coil (wrong speed)

"Song to the Siren" is a Tim Buckley cover, isn't it? Thanks for making this available!

Hallo Jörg,

zum zweiten Teil des Hamburger Konzerts sagt mediafire immer, die Datei sei auf ihren Servern nicht vorhanden.

Laut meiner fileliste müsste das eigentlich noch da sein. Falls das bis morgen nicht klappt, muss ich das wohl noch mal hochladen...


Siehe auch Screenshot:


Der Fehler tritt leider weiter auf. En Re-Upload wäre klasse.


Das BFBS-Solokonzert hat magische Momente.

Great concert, thanx!

Hi - Thanks SO much for posting this but I can't seem to get the second part to download, it keeps coming up with an error message - any chance of fixing the link or re-upping again. Thanks!!!

Sadly, the second link doesn't seem to be working.

Any chance of a re-up so I can finish downloading this superb performance?

Many thanks,

Mr Ray

It's GOOD to see you back !
(I've been looking everyday since you left, and listened again and again to The Smiths'live.)
John Cale is always better in his solo performances. (Oh, the second link still seems to be invalid, I'm afraid you will have to re-re-up.)
Jorg is a man's best friend !


I'm looking forward to listening to this! Thanks!

Thanks for coming back!

Another live Cale. And a collector's item too, judging from the prices I see on Amazon. Don't we love you all!

Viele Dank fuer das Hamburger Konzert. Meine alte Aufnahme war total abgenutzt. Jetzt kann ich es endlich wieder geniessen. You're the best.

Thanks very much for this.

The first bootleg is slowed down. The speed can be fixed by using a freeware program called "Audacity".

Will be learning how to use it as I fix this one, and a Leonard Cohen bootleg that is too fast!


Thank you very much for this excellent material. I will be visiting your blog regularly to expand my collection.

Thank you for the concerts of Mr. John Cale! Do you know eggcityradio.com - there I've found other Cale-Files and I'm just trying to add the missung second part from "Rockpalast" in Essen 1984 (with a very slow upload-speed) - I hope it will be there this evening.

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