John Cale ‎– Fear

Island Records ‎– ILPS 9301, Island Records ‎– ILPS.9301
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1st U.K. Pressing.
Recorded at Sound Techniques & Olympic Studios, London

Catalog number on the spine and back cover: ILPS 9301
Catalog number on the labels: ILPS.9301

Comes with light blue poly-lined Island inner sleeve.
The inner sleeve has the Island Records Ltd logo and address on both sides. One side also says "MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN".

Printed in England by Robor Limited

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Machine Stamped Runout Side A): ILPS 9301 A-1U
  • Matrix / Runout (Machine Stamped Runout Side B): ILPS 9301 B-1U
  • Matrix / Runout (Hand Etched Runout Side A): PORKY
  • Matrix / Runout (Hand Etched Runout Side B): PECKO

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
848 149-2 John Cale Fear(CD, Album) Island Records 848 149-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
848 149-2 John Cale Fear(CD, Album, RE) Island Records 848 149-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS.9301 John Cale Fear(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ILPS.9301 UK Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 9301 John Cale Fear(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Island Records ILPS 9301 UK 1974 Sell This Version
AN-2035 John Cale Fear(CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) ArsNova AN-2035 Russia Unknown Sell This Version


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July 3, 2017

speaking of classic : angry yet nostalgic impressionist music *****


February 9, 2016
Nothing to do with style: glam. (I must add four)


February 11, 2015
edited over 4 years ago
I bought this album because of those eyes staring me on the cover; that face sold the album. Musically; I'm on the fence. There are times where the tracks explode with Todd-Rrundgren style production but darker and more uneasy. John Cale's voice is not the best; it's kind of unremarkable. Take Todd Rundgren and mix a bit of Roger Waters and Lou Reed in there and you've got John Cale. I've listened through the LP twice and I think the opening track (fear is a mans best friend) is the strongest.

Overall- if John Cale's bony face staring into your soul makes you want to buy this record- do


August 25, 2014

An album as good as Paris 1919
and "Fear Is A Man's Best Friend"
is one of his best songs.


July 25, 2012
first press has the "palm tree" label with pink - rim matrix n° ends with A-1 U / B 1 U - with blue inner bag.