'Wrong Way Up' marked the historic coming together of two icons of leftfield music.
Having both started their careers as creative forces in seminal bands (Eno’s unique synthesizer treatments in Roxy Music and Cale’s viola and bass contributions to the Velvet Underground), they’ve appeared as guest musicians on each other’s records as far back as 1974, the year in which they also made a historic live album with Nico and Kevin Ayers at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
They remained friends, and the year prior to Wrong Way Up, Eno produced Cale’s Words For The Dying album. This paved the way for the pair to write and record an album together, notably the first time Eno had delivered a collection of song-based recordings since Before And After Science in 1977. The resulting album is a triumph for both artists, containing the singles “Spinning Away” and “Been There Done That”.
Brian Eno - musician, producer, visual artist, activist. First came to international prominence in the early '70s as a founding member of British band, Roxy Music. His visionary production includes albums with Talking Heads, Devo, U2, Laurie Anderson and Coldplay, whilst his long list of collaborations include recordings with David Bowie, David Byrne, Grace Jones, Karl Hyde, James Blake among many. His visual experiments with light and video continue to parallel his musical career with exhibitions all over the globe. To date he has released over 30 albums of his own music, exhibited extensively as far afield as the Venice Biennale and the sails of the Sydney Opera House and is a founder-member of the Long Now Foundation, a trustee of Client Earth, and Patron of Videre Est Credere. His latest album with brother Roger, “Mixing Colours" released on Deutsche Grammophon earlier this year.
John Cale, is a Welsh musician, composer, singer, songwriter and record producer who was a founding member of the American rock band the Velvet Underground. Over his five-decade career, Cale has worked in various styles across rock, drone, classical, avant-garde and electronic music.
He studied music at Goldsmiths College, London, before relocating in 1963 to New York City's downtown music scene, where he performed as part of the Theatre of Eternal Music and formed the Velvet Underground. Since leaving the band in 1968, Cale has released 16 solo studio albums, and a number of collaborative efforts. In addition to Wrong Way Up with Brian Eno, Cale has also made albums with Terry Riley, Lou Reed, and in recent years has made music with a younger generation of musicians, including Danger Mouse, Kelly Lee Owens and Cate Le Bon. Cale has also acquired a reputation as an adventurous producer, working on the debut albums of several innovative artists, including The Stooges, The Modern Lovers, Patti Smith and the Happy Mondays.
“Brian Eno and John Cale’s 1990 collaboration is an album of contention, contrasts, cycles, and pop songs so layered and euphoric it ranks among the best albums either artist has ever made.” - Pitchfork.
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+ Both CD versions include the bonus tracks 'Grandfather’s House' and 'Palanquin'. Non-album tracks originally released on the b-side to the 'Spinning Away' single.
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1. Lay My Love
2. One Word
3. In The Backroom
4. Empty Frame
6. Spinning Away
8. Been There Done That
9. Crime In The Desert
10. The River
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