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Grotesque - After The Gramme Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0001E8CA0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Pay Your Rates
  2. English Scheme
  3. New Face In Hell
  4. C 'n' C-S Mithering
  5. The Container Drivers
  6. Impression Of J. Temperence
  7. In The Park
  8. WMC-Blob 59
  9. Gramme Friday
  10. The NWRA
  11. How I Wrote Elastic Man
  12. City Hobgoblins
  13. Totally Wired
  14. Putta Block
  15. Interview WIth Mark E. Smith

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Grotesque - The Fall [CD]

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This was my first 'official' fall album purchase (at 54 years of age), I was listening to a Frank Skinner podcast and he mentioned that The Fall were his favourite band,it sparked an interest so i reviewed a few albums on Amazon and Spotify and shortly afterwards i found i was hopelessly addicted to the totally original sound. Grotesque was my first Amazon download (after carefully considering my options), absolutely fantastic album from start to finish, sadly i have now been 'hooked' and have been secretly downloading as many of their back catalogue as i can get away with, without incurring the wrath of my wife! If it was good enough for John Peel it's good enough for little old me!
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Right. Iam bored at home so im going to review every Fall album i own which is a fair few. so here we go with grotesque.
Definatly one of their best and the beginning of my favorite period for the Fall this is a must for any Fall FAN an a good starter for newbies. Classic Fall. The album you play to people who want to know what they sound like. Pay your rates is the perfect opener MES on top form. English scheme has great lyrics which go on and on over the catchy as hell keyboard melody. C'n'c's Mithering is one of Mark's best rants- all about the music biz and their recent tours of USA. one of my favorite tracks however which i didnt think much of first is Impression of J temperance which is i think, about a dog breeders fondness for his dogs and a birth- of something. Pure horror!
get this version with the reissue extra track malarky and u get the excellent How i wrote elastic man and other great tunes.
the sleevenotes are great too. Bah!
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A masterpiece. Heard here in his youthful prime, Mark E. Smith is buzzing with ideas, with great torrents of inspired lyrics tumbling out of him over The Fall's perfectly judged angular, awkward, beautiful music. It's no exaggeration to say that at this point in time, Smith had more wit, intelligence and poetry in him than anyone else working in music.
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The re-release of the deluxe version of "Grotesque" is a non-Fall fans and a avis Fall fans wet dream.The album is culled from their early output.It comes in the original packaging(jazzed up ever so slightly) and the album is full of classics, I'am talking about "New Face In Hell" , "English Scheme" , " The Impressions Of J. Temperence" and "The N.W.R.A." . As well as an album brimming with brilliance you get 5(thats Five) versions of "Rowche Rumble" (Mega-single) and 2 versions of the B-side (Just as Mega) "In My Area". Their is only one problem, a good problem for you first time buyers, once you buy this you'll want to own everything The Fall have produced over the years and they've been a hard-working band which means a lot of albums both studio and live, I'm not telling you how many, see how many you can find. Their still performing today, they have changed line-ups numerous times and their last release was a 5-star release if their ever was one. They tour regularly, even with the enigmatic leader of the band Mark E. Smith in a wheel chair from a recent accident on a U.K. tour, he still went off and toured the U.S.A. until another member of the band suffered with food poisoning. So you have a lot to look forward too, further studio work, more live material both tours and releases on CD. I wish it was me starting all over again.Get the faith, as none other than John Peel stated, "The Fall are how all other bands are to be judged."
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I first got into The Fall (or F All) listening to the Rough Trade compilation "Totally Wired", and thinking "Oh my God, where has this been all my life!!???". I loved the raw, home grown feel of that album, and love this equally as much. This album is good old fashioned "have a go" rock and roll. Buy it now!
Mark E Smith, the last of the great English poets.
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Dec. 2014
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To anyone who has managed to keep track of The Fall over their entire 35 year career I offer my heartfelt congratulations. I am afraid I can’t possibly count myself as a member of that exclusive club since I lost contact shortly after this, their fourth album (if you include the mostly live Totale’s Turns released earlier in 1980), and have only dipped back in every now and then. In fact, it was hearing them again recently (on the radio show of their illustrious bass player) that prompted me to replace my vinyl version of Grotesque with the CD which gave me, in addition to the album’s nine catchy pop ditties (plus the gossiping interlude WMC-Blob 59), the two band singles (plus b-sides) released in the same year, How I Wrote 'Elastic Man’ (with its Pictures Of Matchstick Men-like opening riff)/City Hobgoblins and Totally Wired/Putta Block, plus a seven minute self-interview with MES – all-in-all a bumper package to enjoy!

Throughout, not only does MES assume his rightful place as natural successor to Ray Davies (and precursor of Morrissey and Luke Haines) as most perceptive Englishman lyricist with his witty, outspoken tales of the lot of the (northern) working man – sex, drugs and rock n’ roll (the latter parodied in the MES rant C’n’C-S Mithering) with a touch of mythology thrown in – but the band’s sound is now a long way removed from the 'slick’ sounding debut Live At The Witch Trials (and Karl Burns’ extravagant playing), instead exuding raw, in-your-face passion. If it’s 'straightahead punk’ you’re after then any of Pay Your Rates, The Container Drivers or In The Park should suffice, whilst the Smith sociology study is again presented in the unusually tuneful English Scheme and the Velvets (What Goes On-live era) get a nod (sound-wise) on the conspiratorial New Face In Hell.
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