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Live album by John Cale
Released December 1979
Recorded CBGB's, New York, 16 June 1979
Animal Justice EP August 1977
Genre Rock
Length 45 minutes
Label SPY Records/I.R.S. Records (original release), A&M Canada (reissue), Diesel Motor Records (reissue)
Producer John Cale
John Cale chronology
Honi Soit
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone favorable[2]

Sabotage/Live was recorded live at CBGB's, New York on 16 June 1979. It was reissued on CD by A&M Records Canada without bonus tracks, and reissued again in the UK a decade later with the following bonus tracks: "Memphis", "Chicken Shit" and "Hedda Gabler", originally released as the EP Animal Justice in August 1977 and "Rosegarden Funeral Of Sores." The album states: "The special friendship of Hilly Kristal, Michael Mason, Louis Tropia, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Thomases made this album possible." "Rosegarden Funeral of Sores" was released as the B-side of the "Mercenaries (Ready For War)" single in 1980; it was later covered by Bauhaus.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Cale, except "Walkin' The Dog" written by Rufus Thomas, Jr.

Original 1979 release[edit]

Side A

  1. "Mercenaries (Ready for War)"
  2. "Baby You Know"
  3. "Evidence"
  4. "Dr. Mudd"
  5. "Walkin' the Dog"

Side B

  1. "Captain Hook"
  2. "Only Time Will Tell"
  3. "Sabotage"
  4. "Chorale"

Bonus tracks 1999 reissue[edit]

The Diesel Motor CD reissue contains four extra tracks. The first three are originally from the Animal Justice EP, while the fourth was the B-side of the "Mercenaries (Ready For War)" single (the A-side, which was an entirely different recording than the live album version, was not included as the master tape is lost):

Animal Justice
  1. "Chicken Shit"
  2. "Memphis" (Chuck Berry)
  3. "Hedda Gabler"
  4. "Rosegarden Funeral of Sores"


"Chicken Shit / Memphis" b/w "Hedda Gabler" 7" & 12" UK August 1977.

"Jack The Ripper in the Moulin Rouge" b/w "Memphis (instrumental)" 7" UK 1977. "Jack The Ripper" was eventually released on the compilation Seducing Down the Door in 1994.

"Mercenaries (Ready for War)" b/w "Rosegarden Funeral of Sores" 7" US 1980. The sleeve notes that on the B-Side the "vocal distortion (is) intended."


Animal Justice EP

"Rosegarden Funeral of Sores"

  • John Cale: vocals, bass, Wurlitzer piano
  • Michael Mason: rhythm/drum machine