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

Solo albums



About this album

Released on October 1st in 1974. Island Records.


  1. Fear Is A Man's Best Friend
  2. Buffalo Ballet
  3. Barracuda
  4. Emily
  5. Ship Of Fools
  6. Gun
  7. The Man Who Couldn't Afford To Orgy
  8. You Know More Than I Know
  9. Momamma Scuba

John Cale: lead vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, viola
Phil Manzanera: guitar; slide guitar on "Momamma Scuba"
Fred Smith: drums
Brian Eno: synthesizer; effects
Archie Legget: bass guitar
Michael Desmarais: drums on "Momamma Scuba" and "Fear"
Richard Thompson: slide guitar on "Momamma Scuba"
Bryn Haworth: slide guitar on "Momamma Scuba"
Brian Turrington: bass guitar on "Momamma Scuba"
Doreen Chanter: backing vocals
Irene Chanter: backing vocals
Liza Strike: backing vocals, girls choir
Judy Nylon: lead vocals on "The Man Who Couldn't Afford to Orgy"

Other credits:
John Cale: producer
Brian Eno: executive producer
Phil Manzanera: executive producer
John Wood: engineer; mixing
George Peckham: mastering
Keith Morris: photography


The Man Who Couldn't Afford To Orgy

The Man Who Couldn't Afford To Orgy was released as a single to promote the album, with the non-album track Sylvia Said as the B-side. The latter can be found on the compilation albums Guts, The Island Years and Gold.

The Man Who Couldn't Afford To Orgy / Sylvia Said
7 inch 45rpm single. 1974
Island WIP 6202, UK

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