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/I.R.S. (original release), A&M Canada (reissue), Diesel Motor Records (reissue)
Producer John Cale
John Cale chronology
Honi Soit
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stonefavourable[2]
Trouser Pressunfavourable[3]

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

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

Original 1979 release

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

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"


  1. Sabotage/Live at AllMusic
  2. link
  3. Grant, Steven; Sheridan, David; Robbins, Ira. " :: John Cale". Retrieved July 5, 2016.
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