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The Marshall Suite [Box set]

The Fall Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Jun 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B004PHPZC2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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Disc: 2
2. ANTIDOTE Touch Sensitive
3. THIS PERFECT DAY (new version)F-oldin Money CD single 1
4. BIRTHDAY SONG (new mix) F-oldin Money CD single 1
5. THE REAL LIFE OF THE CRYING MARSHAL (new version)F-oldin Money CD single 2
6. TOM RAGGAZZI (new mix) F-oldin Money CD single 2
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Disc: 3
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· The Marshall Suite is a 1999 LP by The Fall, which builds on the techno-influenced beats of its predecessor Levitate (1997), while also returning to a more rockabilly influenced sound reminiscent of earlier Fall line-ups. The end result are songs like the primitive, catchy "Touch Sensitive", and the strange, complex, thumping jungle beats of "Crying Marshall" occurring in equal measure...

· Around the time of release, rumours circulated that The Marshall Suite was a concept album about "The Crying Marshall". Smith stopped short of denying this, telling The Wire that "I thought it would be good to do it as the story of his life, a themed LP, with a thread running through it. It's such an unhip thing to do". An unpublished section of the interview, later placed on the magazine's website, suggested Smith was not yet finished with his creation: "I do want to continue the Marshall theme, develop it. Maybe a five sided thing next, the return of the Marshall".

· This reissue of the long out print album, comes with two discs of bonus material, fully annotated booklet with notes by Mojo's Daryl Easlea

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long-Overdue Reissue Of A Great Fall Album 13 July 2011
By Chankos
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"The Marshall Suite" has been a notable absentee in a back catalogue bursting at the seams with scores of reissues and until recently was selling at ludicrously high sums, so Cherry Red's long-overdue 3 disc edition is to be applauded.

Recorded with a brand new line-up following a monumental onstage bust-up in New York, "The Marshall Suite" proves that the often exasperating meltdowns of Mark E. Smith can sometimes be a welcome clearing of the decks: just compare the tired pre-fallout Peel Session version of "Touch Sensitive" on CD 2 with its triumphant studio counterpart, the opening track on what was the best Fall album in years.

"The Marshall Suite" has aged well and its high points are numerous. "Shake Off" and "(Jung Nev's) Antidotes", all looped strings and crashing drums underpinning Smith's echo-laden rants, sound huge without slipping into bombast; the stomping Rockabilly cover of Tommy Blake's "F-Oldin' Money" is another highlight. "Birthday Song" even finds Smith attempting a bit of balladry in the vein of "Edinburgh Man" / "I'm Going To Spain", to great effect.

The album meanders somewhat towards the end (although "Tom Raggazzi" is a great closer), and the template Smith established here would be used to greater effect on 2003's Country on the Click. But those looking for perfection aren't listening to the right band.

The 2 extra discs on this reissue are fairly disposable. The alternate mixes and B-sides are inessential, the Peel Session tracks (
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fragmented and tenuous 28 May 2002
By Mr Clag
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those great albums, like the first PiL album or 'Amnesiac' by Radiohead, that, instead of striving for perfection, merely presents a collection of everything the artist could scrape together in the alloted time, containing every available fragment and alternate version just to boost the running time by a few minutes more. The Marshall Suite was the first to be released after the biggest Fall line-up change yet, which saw two long term members replaced by complete unknowns. This album has 13 tracks, two of which are experimental noise collages, three of which are covers, one of which was written by the previous line-up before it disbanded and another one which is basically stolen from the previous album. This leaves you with six bona-fide new songs by the group, two of which share almost the same lyrics, another of which has one one verse repeated over and over, and three of which (Anecdotes, Inevitable and Birthday) are of dubious quality. This may scarcely sound like a recommendation, but honestly, the result is brilliant - the first track, 'Touch Sensitive', manages to be both a rock song of the most basic, thre chord construction, and the most vibrant and original thing you've heard since forever. The first six songs on this record (three of which are those covers I mentioned) would've made an awesome EP - something you need to understand about Fall cover versions is that they are almost never just a verbatim run-through, but more a complete re-write of the song which makes it 10 times better - the version of the Saints' 'This Perfect Day' is a classic. Read more ›
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 29 Sep 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Every real woman's dream man Mark E Smith returns in blistering form with a real cracker from the only left-field band to consistantly churn out challenging, innovative, out-there sounds. The Fall's new, baby-faced outfit, fronted, as always, by Manchester's finest miserablist, sound right up for it and here produce a tune filled blaster. Utterly Fall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good repackage of an intelligent album 6 July 2014
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Another gem, from MES & Co. A good repackage of an intelligent album. The first few songs drag you in immediately and even if the rest of the record doesn't quite match up it finishes in fine style with Tom Raggazzi.
The 2nd disc of alternates and mixes is disappointing and includes arguably their worst Peel session but the live disc is a surprise and should definitely encourage those that have never seen the band live to consider attending in the future.
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