John Cale live in Cologne - 1994-05-04
Fear Is A Man's Best Friend - John Cale


Seducing Down The Door

Seducing Down The Door

About this album

2 CD boxset housed in a slipcase released in 1994. Rhino R2 71685.


  1. The Protege
  2. Big White Cloud
  3. Amsterdam
  4. Days of Steam
  5. Temper
  6. Dixieland And Dixie
  7. Child's Christmas in Wales
  8. Paris 1919
  9. Andalucia
  10. Fear Is A Man's Best Friend
  11. Gun
  12. (I Keep A) Close Watch
  13. Heartbreak Hotel
  14. Dirty-Ass Rock 'n' Roll
  15. Guts
  16. The Jeweller
  17. Pablo Picasso
  18. Leaving It Up To You
  19. Coral Moon
  20. Memphis


  1. Jack The Ripper
  2. Hedda Gabler
  3. Walkin' The Dog
  4. Dear Or Alive
  5. Strange Times In Casablanca
  6. Taking Your Life In Your Hands
  7. Thoughtless Kind
  8. Chinese Envoy
  9. Caribbean Sunset
  10. Waiting For The Man
  11. Ooh La La
  12. Everytime The Dogs Bark
  13. Dying On The Vine
  14. The Soul of Carmen Miranda
  15. One Word
  16. Cordoba
  17. Trouble with Classicists
  18. Faces and Names

This compilation covers the 1970-1990 period and includes rare tracks like Jack The Ripper. The 50-page booklet contains liner notes by Barry Alfonso. The label used a rather corny text for the hype sticker on the slipcase:

The only comprehensive anthology of this alternative godfather!
38 tracks on 2 CDs spanning 20 years (1970 - 1990) including rare and unreleased tracks plus detailed sessionography with photos and commentary from Cale!

Dixieland And Dixie was originally recorded in 1972 as the A-side for a single to fulfill a contractual obligation for CBS. The single itself was never released.

Temper is an outtake of The Academy In Peril, previously released on the promotional compilation Troublemakers (Warner PRO A 857, 1980).

Jack The Ripper previously released on These People Are Nuts! (I.R.S. #82010, 1989).

Also of interest are the included tracks from Caribbean Sunset (the title track) and Comes Alive (Waiting For The Man and Ooh La La - albeit in a quite different mix). These albums were never released on CD.

Other credits:
Compilation producers: Geoff Gans, Barry Alfonso
Art Direction & Design: Geoff Gans
Liner notes: Barry Alfonso
Design: Rachel Gutek
Project assistance: Nat Brewster, Hugh Brown, John Guarnieri, Rachel Gutek, M.C. Kostek, Kevin Laffey, Michael Mazzarella, Tom Recchion, Kate Simon, Ronn Spencer, Sig Sigworth, Steve Webbon, Chris Whents
Project coordinator: Ted Myers
Photography: Greg Allen, Hugh Brown, Risť Cale, Lisa Law, Richard McCaffrey, Michael Ochs, Mick Rock, Kate Simon, Ronn Spencer

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