Music for a New Society

Release date
3 May 1994
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Taking Your Life in Your Hands 4:46 4,348
2 Thoughtless Kind 2:42 7,224
3 Sanities 5:58 3,829
4 If You Were Still Around 3:29 3,410
5 (I Keep A) Close Watch 3:09 7,501
6 Broken Bird 4:44 3,252
7 Chinese Envoy 3:10 6,804
8 Changes Made 3:14 3,030
9 Damn Life 5:15 2,956
10 Rise, Sam and Rimsky-Korsakov 2:13 2,026
11 In the Library of Force 5:57 2,420

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  • RussellChap

    quite simply a bloody good album

    2 Mar 11:34pm Reply
  • TristanLR

    Devastation. This album is incredible.

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • MrMorizon

    This album is a masterpiece of arrangement and emotion. This album is me, absolutely, completely.

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
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    14 Sep 2011 Reply
  • MrMorizon

    This album is so shattering you down. And it's helping you up. I love Cale for this record.

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • jemly

    this is amazing. i can't believe i'd never listened to it until recently. it was very hard to find. and well worth any wait.

    19 Jul 2011 Reply
  • eusa_kills

    I get the feeling Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu channels this record somewhat, be it consciously or not. I should look that up.

    10 Jul 2011 Reply
  • MrMorizon

    In my opinion the best album i have the pleasure to own. Chinese Envoy is my favourite song. Above all. That strings. That arrangement. It's guitar, string, and some electric piano in there too i think. And it all goes wildly but systematically. But the whole record, it's so...the white of the cover suits. It all sounds so white. So open. Brilliant.

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • manicm

    What a great album, though it's not for everybody.

    13 Mar 2011 Reply
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    1 Oct 2010 Reply
  • LedBeatles

    Great album! Cale sure goes artsy on this LP

    15 Apr 2010 Reply
  • dadajoal

    - - - broken hearts are good for business these days (john cale)

    12 Jan 2010 Reply
  • distractedk

    I ended up getting it off eBay for £10 last year, a great buy.

    2 Feb 2009 Reply
  • distractedk

    Yeah, this is pretty hard to get hold of - £90 on Amazon Marketplace! And only on LP on eBay at the mo...wouldn't mind a CD though.

    11 Aug 2008 Reply
  • cparamo

    It took me so long to find a copy on CD, finally got a copy off amazon (sealed too!)

    16 Feb 2008 Reply
  • morningside24

    Anyone know how to get a copy of this? As a Cale fan, I really wanna hear it, but it's tough to get a hold of!

    16 Nov 2007 Reply
  • DrLorenzo

    I have it on CD, so it must have been in print at some time for it to be available digitally.

    5 Nov 2007 Reply
  • DrLorenzo

    Its not out of print, I have it on CD.

    5 Nov 2007 Reply
  • netclectic

    Are you sure it's out of print? If it is then it must have went out of print pretty recently. I would sell you my copy but it's signed :)

    17 Nov 2006 Reply
  • jgkspsx

    This album is out of print. How is it available here? Is it available digitally somewhere?

    15 Jun 2006 Reply
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