Sadly Beautiful

Album: All Shook Down (1990)

Songfacts®:

  • John Cale of the Velvet Underground played the viola solo in the middle of this song. Paul Westerberg said he was extremely intimidated by Cale while he was in the studio, always wondering "If he was going to drop-kick me." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Derek - Bridgeport, WV

Comments: 2

  • Kevin from St. Louis, MoGlen Campbell released a cover of this song on his 2008 album, Meet Glen Campbell. It's an excellent rendition with extra poignancy from the voice of a 71 year old (at the time of the album release).
  • Kevin from Reading , PaI read that Westerberg offered this song to Marianne Faithful to record, but she turned it down. Probably not a good decision on her part, as this is indeed a sadly beautiful song, and one suited to her throaty vocal style. (Kevin C., Reading, Pa.)
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