Boomkat Product Review:
An incredible, comprehensive document of John Cale's live work, Circus collects live renditions of material that spans just about the entirety of Cale's career. The recordings were made on the 2004 and 2006 European tours taking in classics like 'Venus In Furs' and 'Femme Fatale' plus material from albums like Helen Of Troy, Slow Dazzle and 2005's blackAcetate. Cale even throws in a couple of covers, including Elvis' 'Heartbraak Hotel' and Jonathan Richman's 'Pablo Picasso'. Fittingly for what amounts to a Cale retrospective, in amongst the songs are stretches of drone, in fact the audio component of the package both begins and ends that way, with the elongated intro to 'Venus In Furs' sounding particularly hypnotic. The highlight of the DVD is undoubtedly the rehearsal footage, part of which involves Cale performing in an ice hockey mask, Jason Voorhees style - which is frankly, a bit weird. Also included in the package is an extensive booklet containing photographs, lyrics and Dave McKean artwork. Essential stuff for long-term Cale fans.