150g Vinyl Cut at Mobile Fidelity by Krieg Wunderlich and Pressed
at RTI! Dead-Quiet Surfaces!
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Nearly five years into his solo career, Velvet Underground alum John Cale headed
to the studio to reinvent himself yet again in 1974. The result, Fear, became
the first of a trio of eclectic albums all released in a period spanning just
inside 14 months for Island Records. On this, his fourth solo release and first
collaboration with Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno, Cale changes form
with every composition.
Back on domestic vinyl for the first time in decades, this RTI-pressed edition
of Fear is cut at Mobile Fidelity by in-house engineer Krieg Wunderlich and
features stunning sonics. Quiet surfaces, faithful artwork, and the opportunity
to hear Cale's incisive fare unfold amidst wide soundstages and black
backgrounds - not to mention the intense content within - make this Wax
Cathedral LP a must for music aficionados.
A smooth, textured departure from the clamor of the Velvets but a darker, more
rage-filled concoction than Cale's 1973 set Paris 1919, Fear amazes with
boundless range. Whether he's channeling the sweet, gentle Doctor Jekyll in
symphonic ballads like ''Emily'' and ''Ship of Fools,'' sharpening his teeth as
the demented Mr. Hyde in the graffiti-strewn city-rock anthem ''Gun,'' or
thrilling with morbid joy in ''Fear is a Man's Best Friend,'' Cale effortlessly
metamorphoses from one persona to the next. The whimsical ''Man Who Couldn't
Afford to Orgy'' bounces into the earnest, misty ''You Know Me More than I
In the background, Manzanera's guitar buzzes and stings as Eno sculpts a
changing landscape of textures with his synthesizer. Infused with sarcastic or
cynical lyrics, sweeping melodies, and a wide-eyed sense of exploration, Fear
spins rage into beauty and back again.
Cale is a shapeshifter. Listen to him transform.
• 150g Vinyl
• Pressed at RTI
• Cut at Mobile Fidelity by engineer Krieg Wunderlich
1. Fear is a Man's Best Friend
2. Buffalo Ballet
5. Ship of Fools
2. The Man Who Couldn't Afford to Orgy
3. You Know More Than I Know
4. Momamma Scuba