What our staff has to say: “The only classical/rock fusion album that works” – Cleo
The Academy in Peril by former Velvet Underground member John Cale was originally released in 1972. The album is an exploration of his influences and training in classical music and features mainly instrumental compositions including two tracks that feature the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Cale balances the rock-classical fusion on the record with touches of humor while the music is beautiful and subtle showing Cale’s skills at composing and arranging. Contributors include Ron Wood on guitar, Del Newman on drums and ‘Legs’ Larry Smith of The Bonzo Dog Band. Cover art and design by Andy Warhol. 180 gram vinyl reissue in a die-cut custom gatefold jacket.