Music for a New Society was performed mostly improvised live at Sky Line Studios in New York City. In his 2000 autobiography What’s Welsh for Zen?, Cale described the recording of Music for a New Society as “tortuous”; AllMusic described the album as “among the most compelling music of his career; the open spaces of the arrangements are at once ambient and melodically compelling, and the songs have an emotional resonance that communicates on a deeper and more emotional level… Spare, understated, and perhaps a masterpiece.”
In 1982, John Cale released Music For a New Society. This year he has released M:FANS, a rework of that album. It’s accompanied by a fully remastered version of the original album that comes with three unreleased bonus tracks.
The albums will be available as a 2xCD package and individually on vinyl.