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  • Audio CD (27 Oct. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CHERRY RED
  • ASIN: B00FG1F5FS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,979 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The definitive English post-punk band? Probably! Formed in Manchester in 1976. The band has existed in some form ever since, and is essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. Initially associated with the punk movement of the late 1970s, the group's music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years, but is often characterized by an abrasive guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, and is always underpinned by Smith's distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craig on 17 Nov. 2014
Format: Audio CD
What is the point of this compilation of live cuts culled from various gigs over the last few years? Endlessly delayed in being released by Cherry Red, you would have thought the reason for the delay was because they were trying to source the best versions but, no, what you get are mediocre to good versions of songs of varying recording quality when they are far better alternative versions available elsewhere online. As a Fall fan of over 30 years, you sort of get the feeling that you are being taken for granted. If you are new to The Fall and want an 'official' live album, buy 'Live at the Palais' instead which has far better sound recording.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John P. Galantini on 18 Feb. 2015
Format: Audio CD
If you've been to a fall show in the last decade or so, you will know Mark E Smith has developed a habit of removing / relocating / hiding / destroying all the instrument mics that have been carefully trained on the bands amps and drum kit(s). This isn't much of an issue when you are standing in front of the stage - the drums are still audible, as are the amps themselves. When you listen to a recording of a Fall show however, the resulting mix isn't great. They have none the less managed to find some exceptions and offer them here as a kind of document of the current line-up's live sound. Probably one for the completists and hardened fans. The recent 'Creative Distortion' compilation may better suit new-comers and audiophiles.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Declan Drohan on 30 Oct. 2014
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Baffling. Murky. Seething. Random. Cunningly sequenced . Gnomic .
Defiantly alive....the fall!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kingcon on 15 Nov. 2014
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Brilliant as always.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Mixed pace and range, but a fitting mix of the past five years 13 Nov. 2014
By John L Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
It's time for another Fall album; the group’s 12th live disc documents the longest stint by a Fall line-up ever. Drawn mainly from the Fall’s last four studio albums, Live: UUROP VIII-XII Places in Sun & Winter, Son has only the title to suggest European origins and seasonal variation for when these twelve live tracks appeared. The stark typography and cover art strip down the graphic presentation. So do many of the songs, as the latest iteration of the band favors a gritty, arid approach.

Smith sounds happy to be on stage, too, even if many of these tracks cut off any connection with the audience. Its prevalent ambiance reveals a boxier, muddier feel to the sound than the shinier studio versions. The album arguably sounds better than many live Fall records, but fans have come to expect the band to issue even official live releases with compromised audio fidelity.

Three songs average seven minutes, four if you count “Jetplane,” which runs 3:45 but feels like seven. Peter Greenway’s clattering guitar fights against the murk of the sprawling “Cowboy George” and sometimes succeeds. The Fall conjures up the spirit of the Velvet Underground lineup in which Nico and John Cale contended with Lou Reed. A similar creative tension fuels the more eclectic song structure and sonic blend of the Fall, but may wear out a listener resigned to a bleary soundboard tape to discern the lyric wit or scorn in Smith’s mumbles. But it may reward patient fans who sign on for a treacherous voyage under a stern, sly taskmaster and know what to expect from Smith and company.

While the pace may flag, “Reformation” rallies. Co-written with bassist Rob Barbato of Darker My Love, it blends Krautrock with waves of menacing tension integral to Darker My Love, locked down by Smith and company’s repetitive groove. Finally, Keiron Melling’s drums and David Spurr’s bass push along Greenway’s guitar, and all works well.

Closing with “What About Us,” the call-and-response of Smith and Poulou on the original version gets muffled here, but it’s fun to hear her spit and yelp above the boxier studio version. Fun may not be the first word associated with The Fall, but those who have accumulated, as I have, the many recordings and reiterations of this unpredictable band under its unwaveringly resolute leader will find this an appropriate testament to the band’s most durable lineup yet. But that may all change tomorrow.
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