Released in 1975. Island ILPS 9350. Island 9123 002 (France).
This album came out without Cale's consent, who considered that the tapes were not finished. After shipping the first presings Island Records replaced the track Leaving It Up to You with Coral Moon, because it mentioned Sharon Tate, wife of film director Roman Polanksi, who was killed in 1969 by the Charles Manson gang. Things turned sour, and Cale and Island did go their separate ways. The cd version contains both tracks.
"It could have been a great album. I came back from finishing Patti Smith and had three days to finish "Helen Of Troy" before I went on Italian tour. I was spending eighteen hours a day in the studio. When I got back, I found the record company had gone ahead and released what amounted to demo tapes. The trouble was that Island had their own ideas of what that album should sound like. They wanted to include songs I don't particularily like, but it was also an impertinent assumption on my part that I was capable managing myself. My determination to have "Helen Of The Troy" the way I did was not really fair to Island or my management, especially at a time when Island was loosing it's percentage of the market, which was making everybody very paranoid."
American CD label Culture Factory reissues the album in 2013 on compact-disc which reproduces meticulously all the components of the original LP and are their exact replicas in compact-disc size (5.3 x 5.3 inches). The music is encoded using state of the art, high definition remastering in 96 kHz / 24 BIT audio.
All songs written by John Cale, except Pablo Picasso written by Jonathan Richman and Baby What You Want Me To Do by Jimmy Reed.
John Cale: keyboards, guitar, vocals
Phil Collins: drums
Pat Donaldson: bass
Tim Donald: drums
Brian Eno: synthesizer
Chris Spedding: guitar
Producer: John Cale
Executive producer: John Wood
Mixing engineer: Vic Gamm
Strings and Choir arrangments: Robert Kirby
Recorded at Sound Techniques, London, United Kingdom