The Academy in Peril  

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The Academy in Peril is the second solo album by Welsh musician John Cale, released in July 1972 by record label Reprise.



Like his previous release, the Terry Riley collaboration Church of Anthrax, it is mostly instrumental. As the title suggests, the album was inspired by Cale's classical training.

"Temper", an outtake from the recording sessions, was later released on the promotional compilation Troublemakers. It was also released on the Seducing Down The Door compilation.

The cover concept and art was designed by Andy Warhol.


The Academy in Peril was released in July 1972. "Days of Steam" b/w "Legs Larry at Television Centre" was released as a single in New Zealand and was also issued as a promo in the US.


In its retrospective review, AllMusic wrote "The predominantly instrumental release [...] steers away from the more grotesque classical/rock fusions at the time to find an unexpectedly happy and often compelling balance between the two sides."

Track listing

All tracks written by John Cale.

Side A
  1. "The Philosopher"
  2. "Brahms"
  3. "Legs Larry at Television Centre"
  4. "The Academy in Peril"
Side B
  1. "Intro/Days of Steam"
  2. "3 Orchestral Pieces: Faust/The Balance/Captain Morgan's Lament"
  3. "King Harry"
  4. "John Milton"



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