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Early Years 77 - 79 (Reissue) Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (26 Nov. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Cog Sinister
  • ASIN: B00004IC8Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,309 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Repetition
2. Bingo Masters Breakout
3. Psycho Mafia
4. Various Times
5. It's The New Thing
6. Rowche Rumble
7. In My Area
8. Dice Man
9. Psykick Dancehall
10. Second Dark Age
11. Fiery Jack
12. Stepping Out
13. Last Orders

Product Description

The earliest recordings by the Fall, then the Northern black sheep of punk, sound as remarkable and raw as always--now that their loping, lo-fi feel has been aped into accessibility, their vicious wit and originality is more evident than ever. You'd be hard pressed to find a record this uncompromising whose charm is so absolute. From the first single, a rudimentary chug based on their belief in "the three Rs--repetition, repetition, repetition"--to the rough modulations of "Fiery Jack", a "country-and-northern" speed-strangled swagger, everything's here, neither remastered nor diminished by time. "They say with the masses, don't take any chances," gripes "Dice Man", "or end up emptying their ashtrays." But these were only the first of Mark E Smith's attempts to remould rock that it might fit his own awkward shape, the forging of a vision that would carry the Fall through the next 20 years, and further. --Taylor Parkes

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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By on 3 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is raw fall, lyrics that rip twist turn and spit, beats made on that casio 1000 u got for xmas in 1977, riffs static ,eratic and a pure joy.If yer in tae the fall you have to have this. This album has about three of the best fall tracks ever.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Mr N Forbes-warren - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This LP was one of my favourites when I was 17 and a college student. Nowadays, I have to say that THE FALL still hold their appeal to me and always will! This excellent and essential(to any Fall fan young or old) compendium features their first four single releases and their b-sides. Also you get LAST ORDERS and STEPPING OUT which featured on a rare ten-inch live compilation called SHORT CIRCUIT LINE AT THE ELECTRIC CIRCUS(this also featured The Drones, Joy Division and John Cooper Clarke amongst others, as well as yours truly). Two little-heard, bouncy, catchy punky numbers with Mark E. Smith's unmistakable vocals, where every stanza seems to be punctuated with -ah! The opening track, REPETITION is a spoof of the chart music of 1978, including punk acts in particular!('You don't dig repetition-ah!'), illustrating it sounded the same!(in retrospect, it's better than the rap rubbish that's about today in my opinion) BINGO MASTER'S BREAKOUT is a mentally amusing tale of a seaside bingo caller who loses it, a song Mark E. Smith wrote while on holiday with his parents in Scarborough, apparently! PSYCHO MAFIA is one to play loud, VARIOUS TIMES is an HG Wells time machine-style tale with a grim vision of the future(yes, he was right, the beer does taste weak in the UK!). IT'S THE NEW THING is a parody of fellow Manchester rivals The Buzzcocks and their commercialised fashion fad-conscious hits. And there's a whole lot more besides...ENJOY! The Fall will continue to rock in their own weird way!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Tremendous But Available Elsewhere 26 May 2004
By Scott McFarland - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The music here is stupendous. But it's all available now on the 2004 "expanded reissues" of "Live at the Witch Trials" and "Dragnet", in superior fidelity.
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lunatics with keyboards and guitars 28 April 2003
By Matthew Brewer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
A Terrific album containing some of Mark E Smiths best songs. Best to get it know before it goes out of print again. Brilliant, unheard music indeed.
When we were kids... 11 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Much of this album sounds like the work of kids. Especially the two [out-of-date] keyboards on Madness in my Area. The sound here brilliantly recalls pre-60s, nay pre-analogue, recording--the songs are jumpy(Psycho Mafia) or edgy (cf. "Various Times"--a chilling tune about the dangers of apathy). Elsewhere, Rowche Rumble sounds like a giant sized carnival ride-like music making machine--with very relevant lyrics about pharmaceutical companies medicating the bored. And of course, there's Repetition, the band's blueprint for it's early sound. The great thing about the Fall is they're funny and angry at the same time.
Great Music 16 Oct. 2000
By Scott McFarland - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Energy and ideas to burn. Those who have enjoyed the brilliant debut "Live at the Witch Trials" also need to hear this material. It's darned well about time this was in print again. Underheard, brilliant music.
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