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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1994

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CD1
1.The Protege
2.Big White Cloud
3.Amsterdam
4.Days of Steam
5.Temper
6.Dixieland And Dixie
7.Child's Christmas in Wales
8.Paris 1919
9.Andalucia
10.Fear Is A Man's Best Friend
11.Gun
12.(I Keep A) Close Watch
13.Heartbreak Hotel
14.Dirty-Ass Rock 'n' Roll
15.Guts
16.The Jeweller
17.Pablo Picasso
18.Leaving It Up To You
19.Coral Moon
20.Memphis
CD2
1.Jack The Ripper
2.Hedda Gabler
3.Walkin' The Dog
4.Dear Or Alive
5.Strange Times In Casablanca
6.Taking Your Life In Your Hands
7.Thoughtless Kind
8.Chinese Envoy
9.Caribbean Sunset
10.Waiting For The Man
11.Ooh La La
12.Everytime The Dogs Bark
13.Dying On The Vine
14.The Soul of Carmen Miranda
15.One Word
16.Cordoba
17.Trouble with Classicists
18.Faces and Names

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This compilation covers the 1970-1990 period and includes rare tracks like Jack The Ripper. The 50-page booklet contains liner notes by Barry Alfonso.
Dixieland And Dixie was originally released as a single to fulfill a contractual obligation for CBS.
Temper is an outtake of The Academy In Peril, previously released on the promotional compilation Troublemakers (Warner PRO A 857, 1980).
Jack The Ripper previously released on These People Are Nuts! (I.R.S. #82010, 1990).
Also of interest are the included tracks from Comes Alive: Waiting For The Man and Ooh La La (albeit in a quite different mix). This album was never released on cd.
2 CD boxset released in 1994. Rhino R2 71685

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Review by fuxi
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4 stars As an overview of John Cale's 1970-1990 output, this collection almost cannot be beaten.

"Almost" I say, because SEDUCING DOWN THE DOOR was very thoughtfully put together and offers the listener representative tracks from all the major albums Cale released during this period, including some that are very hard to find on CD.

Thus, listeners can enjoy themselves with obvious highlights from Cale's career such as "Amsterdam", "A Child's Christmas in Wales", "Fear is A Man's Best Friend", "Thoughtless Kind" and "Cordoba": songs easily on the same level as anything ever written by John Lennon, Neil Young, Nick Drake, Randy Newman or that OTHER guy from a certain well-known New York Band. There are acoustic ballads, orchestral ballads and there's plenty of near-psychotic rock 'n' roll: a little of everything, really!

However, it must be admitted that one or two choices seem perverse. "Buffalo Ballet" and "Ship of Fools" would have been far more suitable selections from FEAR than the dreary, eight-minute "Gun", and surely the haunting "Cable Hogue" (off HELEN OF TROY) much more deserved to be here than the relatively minor "Dirty Ass Rock 'n Roll" or Jonathan Richman's "Pablo Picasso".

So if you're already familiar with John Cale and like his style but do not own any of his albums, I suggest you go straight for FEAR or MUSIC FOR A NEW SOCIETY, and take it from there.

However, if you simply adore anthologies, and you want one that has been compiled with a great deal of respect for the artist concerned, you can't go wrong with the album under review.

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