John Cale
Fear Is A Man's Best Friend - John Cale

John Cale in Concert

"Bootleg" 45 rpm singles

Only two singles have been "released" in this format.

Two Gentlemen in New York

Two Gentlemen in New York

45 rpm 7" vinyl single.

Studio rehearsals with David Bowie in 1978. No great sound but very interesting: Cale on piano and Bowie singing.


  1. Velvet Couch
  2. Piano La

On meeting Bowie:

"David and I didnt actually meet until I first went back to New York, after Id done Patti [Smith]. When we did that bootleg, it was like the good old bad old days. We were partying very hard. It was exciting working with him, as there were a lot of possibilities and everything, but we were our own worst enemies at that point."

"We also played that show for Steve Reich and Philip Glass. That was a lot of fun. That was when we were hanging out, so I asked David if hed like to come and play Sabotage with me. I ended up teaching him the viola part, which he had a whack at and then ended up playing on stage for the first time."

"Did I ever want to produce Bowie? After spending time with him, I realised the answer was no. The way we were then would have made it too dangerous. Nowadays it would be different, though. He could improvise songs very well, which was what that bootleg was all about. The great thing about when we met and then started hanging out in the 70s was that he would say [puts on thick Welsh accent] Thats Dai Jones from Wales, isnt it? He loved all that. That set us off. We got along really well, but most of what we were doing was just partying."
 Two Songs For Drella

Two Songs For Drella

45 rpm 7" vinyl single. Limited edition of 270 copies.

Live in Weiden, Germany July 29, 1989, excellent sound. Forever Changed is misspelled as Forever Change on the back cover.


  1. Style It Takes
  2. Forever Changed

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