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Before The Fall [CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B004IT0ZPE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,546 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rollin' Danny - Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps
2. Mr Pharmacist - The Other Half
3. There'S A Ghost In My House - R. Dean Taylor
4. Victoria - The Kinks
5. Pinball Machine - Lonnie Irving
6. Popcorn Double Feature - The Searchers
7. Kimble - The Creators (Aka Lee Perry)
8. Lost In Music - Sister Sledge
9. I'M Going To Spain - Steve Bent
10. Strychnine - The Sonics
11. People Grudgeful - Sir Gibbs
12. War - Henry Cow
13. Shut Up - The Monks
14. Beatle Bones `N' Smokin' Stones - Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
15. The Mummy - Bob Mcfadden & Dor
16. Jungle Rock - Hank Mizell
17. I Come And Stand At Every Door - Pete Seeger
18. $ F--Oldin' Money $ - Tommy Blake
19. This Perfect Day - The Saints
20. The Bourgeois Blues - Leadbelly
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BBC Review

When asked by this writer what cult albums all serious music junkies should own, Mark E. Smith declined to answer, saying it would be like "casting pearls before swine". To be fair, it was a (knowingly) redundant question. As with the meaning to his lyrics and his influences, the answer is (partially) right there in the music of The Fall, for those willing to put in the graft. Prestwich’s premier "Country and Northern" group have covered some 60 songs in their 35-year career. It would be daft to suggest that all of them reveal some great insight into their music, but when a carefully selected compilation of original tracks (like the 24 presented here) is put together it, can be a revelation.

A lot of groups choose cover versions out of sheer perversity and Greater Manchester’s post-punk survivors are no different. But this compilation, put together by Daniel Maier, chooses to skip Hark the Herald Angels Sing and The Beatles’ A Day in the Life in favour of more representational nuggets. (There is only one of these student-friendly songs represented here: Sister Sledge’s Lost in Music, and even this will sound odd to The Fall fanatic without an angry Lancastrian barking "Le money est sur le table" through a loud-hailer over the top.) Instead we have the far more interesting and anti-canonical Beatle Bones ‘n’ Smokin’ Stones, in original form by the recently deceased Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart – one of the few musical icons Smith is candid about his love for.

The Fall didn’t record a ‘proper’ studio cover version until signing to Beggars Banquet and releasing Rolling Dany (sic) as a the flip to Couldn’t Get Ahead in 1985. Along with the growing prominence of Smith’s wife Brix in the group, this really signalled that they had cast off the last vestiges of punk’s influence and were about to enter an imperial period of sorts. All through the Beggars years their covers would be essentially faithful, such as their rendering of The Kinks’ Victoria, which still to this day is their only hit single. So this compilation gets more and more interesting as it progresses. With extensive notes and illustration by The Wire illustrator Savage Pencil (who takes his name from a Fall lyric), this album represents an odd but extremely enjoyable, rebellious and esoteric jukebox selection.

--John Doran

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(2001/ACE) 24 tracks 1956-79. Originals of songs covered by the FALL. Digipac with 24 page booklet.Medium 1
  1. Rollin' Danny - VINCENT, Gene & BLUE CAPS
  2. Mr. Pharmacist - OTHER HALF
  3. There's A Ghost In My House - DAYLOR, R. Dean
  4. Victoria - KINKS
  5. Pinball Machine - IRVING, Lonnie
  6. Popcorn Double Feature - SEARCHERS
  7. Kimble - CREATORS
  8. Lost In Music - SISTER SLEDGE
  9. I'm Going To Spain - BENT, Steve
  10. Strychnine - SONICS
  11. People Grudgeful - SIR GIBBS
  12. War - COW, Henry
  13. Shut Up - MONKS
  14. Beatle Bones'N'Smokin' Stones - CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & MAGIC BA
  15. The Mummy - McFADDEN, Bob & DOR
  16. Jungle Rock - MIZELL, Hank
  17. I Come And Stand At Every Door - SEEGER, Pete
  18. F-Oldin' Money - BLAKE, Tommy
  19. This Perfect Day - SAINTS
  20. The Bourgeois Blues - LEADBELLY
  21. African Man - IGGY POP
  22. Strange Town - GROUNDHOGS
  23. Transfusion - NERVOUS NORVUS
  24. Funnel Of Love - JACKSON, Wanda

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always the same, always different 6 Mar 2011
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As a long time Fall fan I'm delighted to see this album released. A collection of 24 original tracks which have been covered by Mark E. Smith and pals over the past 25 years.
Some of these tracks are well known, whilst others remain in the file marked `totally obscure'.
Amongst the highlights are Lee Perry's "Kimble", covered by the Fall for a 1992 Peel session and later issued as a single, and Lonnie Irving's "Pinball Machine".
Even if you are not a Fall fan, this is still a terrific collection; where else are you going to find the avant-garde prog rock of Henry Cow nestling next to a Sister Sledge 70's disco classic, alongside country, rockabilly, blues, US 60's garage rock, UK 60's beat and reggae, all of it utterly wonderful. Packaged in a cardboard gatefold sleeve with art work by the always excellent Savage Pencil, the booklet contains detailed liner notes up to Ace Records usual high standards. The good news is that there still remains enough Fall covers to warrant a second volume of this collection. I`m looking forward to that!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding collection 19 April 2011
Even if you'd never heard of The Fall this would still stand up as a great collection of tunes, as it is, the fact that it also serves as an insight into the tastes of one our greatest and most cryptic artists just makes it even sweeter. A broad swathe of excellence that might use as a jumping off point to explore artists and genres perhaps heard here for the first time or revisit some old favorites in a new context. Great sleeve notes too. Been playing this for weeks now, confuses the neighbors nicely and speeds my days along. Here's hoping for a volume II.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and funny 25 Mar 2011
I love this compilation. Eclectic and bonkers and warm. There's something really funny about listening to these tracks and hearing Mark E Smith's voice doing the cover. Even if you haven't heard the Fall version you can imagine it. Mr. Pharmacist sounds exactly like the Fall version. Very cheering album. Well-written sleeve notes. Nice one, Ace Records.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A highly varied anthology 17 Jun 2011
How many albums have Captain Beefheart and Sister Sledge sharing space? A delightfully oddball collection. Very interesting to hear how the originals differ from The Fall's cover versions. I wish it had _I Can Hear the Grass Grow_ as well, but you can't have everything. I'm very pleased to finally have heard the original of _Pinball Machine_.
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