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Great album, iffy sound,
This review is from: Grotesque (Audio CD)
I don't have a great deal to add to the other reviews in this parish as far as the manifest-uh musical quality-uh of Grotesque is concerned. But be aware that the sound quality on this CD is pretty poor - in fact, it sounds like it was mastered from a C90 cassette, on a toaster.
This is not an unusual experience for long-suffering Fall fans who have the temerity to own a CD player. The Fall's re-issue program often seems to be based on something other than a desire to service their large and devoted fanbase - how else to explain all those live albums with the same cover (the one with MES sticking 2 fingers up)? The unkind might even venture that MES was just bunging em out in order to ensure he's got enough dosh to go down the offy at the weekend for 6 bottles of Thunderbird and 200 JPS.
There is hope of improvement, however: Hex Enduction Hour suffered from the same problems as Grotesque but the recent '24-bit remaster' (whatever that might mean) has made it fit and working again, returning to its original zingy, lo-fi glory. Hopefully the same Faustian magick can be worked on Grotesque at some point, cos it's a close runner-up to Hex as The Fall's best early album. That is all.