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5.0 out of 5 stars Heading for the Fall, 13 Jun. 2005
This review is from: 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong: 39 Golden Greats (Audio CD)
For a voracious music collector and someone with a supposedly instinctive perspicacity when it comes to music I've been remarkably derelict in my duty when it comes to The Fall. All this despite my best friend being an avid Fall fan , someone all too willing to avail me of their latest release of which there are 26 years worth if I'm not mistaken. I've no excuse really so by way of a shortcut I've bought this and well, the cult of Mark E Smith has another neophyte. Consider me converted.
This compilation takes in material from the full width of their repertoire. From the monochromatic angular rhythms of their early work to the more complex diverse and audacious stuff they later produced. There are thirteen tracks taken from what many would consider their golden period- From 1982,s "Hex Induction Hour" to 1986,s "Bend Sinister"- later albums are less well represented, with most of the 90,s albums having only one track culled from them. Taking in the grumbling appendix rattle of "The "Man Whose Head Expanded", the gleaming pop nuances of "C.R.E.E.P." influenced by Smiths ex wife Brix , The twanging metallic chords of "How I Wrote Elastic Man" ( A particular favourite) the innervated keyboard led "Masquerade" , the bizarre Ska commercial pop hybrid that is "Why Are People Grudgeful?" this is a deliciously eclectic concoction. More familiar songs are included such as "Hit the North", Telephone Thing" and an odd cover of R Dean Taylor's old Northern Soul classic "There's A Ghost in My House" which was a Youth club favourite of Smiths.
I don't think there is any doubt that this is the most comprehensive of all the many Fall compilations , even then I'm sure more religious advocates of their music will complain loudly that this, that or the other track has been omitted. That's the nature of compilations. Apparently endorsed by the curmudgeonly Smith, this is as emphatic and irresistible a statement of The Falls consistent excellence as could be made over a two disc C.D. Every one of these 39 tracks has something to advocate it , with Smiths unique hiccupping sneer and lacerating sarcasm smeared over every punk spattered riff. My ego and pride demand I investigate their mammoth back catalogue further. A certain friend of mine will be getting a call very soon. From now on 50, 001 fall fans can't be wrong.
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Initial post: 26 Apr 2010 13:10:36 BDT
gudspirit says:
Good review. Are you actually Will Self in disguise?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2010 17:42:48 BDT
No Gudspirit, alas i am not. Is that a compliment by the way ?
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