Paris 1919 is a 1973 album by former Velvet Underground member John Cale. It was produced by Chris Thomas and features a backing band consisting largely of members of Little Feat. It is the most accessible and traditional of Cale's albums, and the most well-known of his work as a solo artist.
A remastered and expanded edition was released in 2006. It features alternate versions of each song on the album, as well as the previously unreleased session outtake "Burned Out Affair".
All tracks were composed and arranged by John Cale.
No singles were released off the album.
Although John Cale has set poems of Dylan Thomas to music, the song "Child's Christmas In Wales" only shares a title with Thomas' prose poem of the same name. The song does reference Thomas' poem "The Ballad of the Long-Legged Bait" in its second verse.
"Antarctica Starts Here" is inspired by the 1950 Billy Wilder film, Sunset Boulevard starring Gloria Swanson.
The Los Angeles Times has called Paris 1919 "the idiosyncratic pinnacle to Cale's thrilling yet perverse career, despite the fact it never topped the charts." Pitchfork Media gave the album's 2006 rerelease a 9.5/10 rating, and AllMusic gave it