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

Solo albums

Vintage Violence

Vintage Violence

About this album

Released in 1970. Columbia CS 1037.


  1. Hello There
  2. Gideon's Bible
  3. Adelaide
  4. Big White Cloud
  5. Cleo
  6. Please
  7. Charlemagne
  8. Bring It On Up
  9. Amsterdam
  10. Ghost Story
  11. Fairweather Friend

Reissue with two bonus tracks in 2001:

  1. Fairweather Friend (alternate version)
  2. Wall (outtake - instrumental)

New version of Big White Cloud on Smokin' Aces OST

A re-recorded version (longer and with echo effects) of Big White Cloud features on the Smokin' Aces soundtrack. Also included on the DVD of Circus Live.

Reissue liner notes by Margaret Moser.

Harvey Brooks: bass
John Cale: bass, guitar, keyboards, viola
Ernire Coralla: guitar
Garland Jeffreys: guitar, backing vocals
Sanford Konikoff: drums
Stan Szeleste: piano

Other credits:
Producer: John Cale and Lewis Merenstein
Executive producer: John McClure
Engineering: Jim Reeves, Don Meehan
Cover photo: Isi Valeris
Reissue producer: Bruce Dickinson

All songs written by John Cale, except Fairweather Friend by Garland Jeffreys who also wrote a short poem for the album's innersleeve:

John Cale, Welshman of sorts
Person of course
Not to be confused with
Velvet or lace or the keeper's face
A past as a sartyr
Disguised as the mad hatter
Who would believe him now?



Two singles were released to promote the album. Both fail to trouble the charts. Promo copies exist. Those have a light-blue label.

Cleo / Fairweather Friend
7 inch 45rpm single. July 1970
Columbia 4-45154, USA

Big White Cloud / Gideon's Bible
7 inch 45rpm single. 1970
Columbia 4-45266, USA

© 1999- Hans Werksman