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Fear by John Cale

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Fear

John Cale

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Label: HIP-O (PG)/Fontana
Cale's first record for Island, Fear, was released in 1974 and is marked by two of the Welsh multi-instrumentalist's best songs: the stilted, only-John-Cale-could-write-this "Fear Is a Man's Best Friend," and the eight-minute pre-punk jam "Gun." In the latter, Cale takes on the identity of a hard-boiled homicide detective, and Phil Manzanera contributes a guitar solo that belongs in his top three -- underwater feedback, shrill vamping and eventual total disintegration. Richard Thompson appears with Manzanera (both play slide guitar) with more freaky soloing on last cut "Momamma Scuba."

About This Album

Cale's first record for Island, Fear, was released in 1974 and is marked by two of the Welsh multi-instrumentalist's best songs: the stilted, only-John-Cale-could-write-this "Fear Is a Man's Best Friend," and the eight-minute pre-punk jam "Gun." In the latter, Cale takes on the identity of a hard-boiled homicide detective, and Phil Manzanera contributes a guitar solo that belongs in his top three -- underwater feedback, shrill vamping and eventual total disintegration. Richard Thompson appears with Manzanera (both play slide guitar) with more freaky soloing on last cut "Momamma Scuba."

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About This Album

Cale's first record for Island, Fear, was released in 1974 and is marked by two of the Welsh multi-instrumentalist's best songs: the stilted, only-John-Cale-could-write-this "Fear Is a Man's Best Friend," and the eight-minute pre-punk jam "Gun." In the latter, Cale takes on the identity of a hard-boiled homicide detective, and Phil Manzanera contributes a guitar solo that belongs in his top three -- underwater feedback, shrill vamping and eventual total disintegration. Richard Thompson appears with Manzanera (both play slide guitar) with more freaky soloing on last cut "Momamma Scuba."