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The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B00000189G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,760 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
Mark E Smith, with then-wife Brix and his merry men of music troubadors joined forces with producer John Leckie, (who would later go on to produce The Stone Roses and Cast, amongst others), to construct one of the finest overlooked albums of the eighties. The album opens with 'Lay of the Land', a seven-minute rumbler with near heavy-metal guitars towards the end and an unforgettable acapella chorus, which leaves the listener reeling and reaching for the smelling salts in the dying seconds of the song, by which time all the guitars have gone out of tune, due to their sonic mis-handling. The next track "2x4" opens with yet another classic Steve Handley bass riff, whilst "Copped It" is merely an extraordinary audio collage of vocals and sound that was later used by dancer Michael Clarke in his reviews (see also "I am Kurious Oranj"). "Elves" owes much debt to Iggy and the Stooges, with Mark E Smith singing through a paper bag and sneezing at one point in the song. Leaving aside the excellent additional singles and b-sides that grace the CD-reissue but not the original album, the final five tracks comprise nothing less than an audio calling-card of why the Fall remain one of the most enigmatic and least-understood bands in Britain. Lyrical wizardry, melodic overdrive, experimentation without boredom and one of the finest drum and bass teams in the business gel perfectly to produce five classic tracks. I have listened to this album so many times I am now on my second (vinyl) copy and yet, due to the magnificence of John Leckie's production as much as the songs themselves, I still hear something new on every listen. I implore you to try this album. Live with it and persevere with it for six months and then try to find another album that can be compared to this apocalyptic and apoplectic peer-crushing jewel.
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-Is a statement that could apply to most Fall albums (*apart from the endless compilations/live albums/live compilations and the odd mess like The Light User Syndrome & Levitate)- 1984's Wonderful&Frightening World of The Fall is where Brix Smith began to register. From this album to 1988's Frenz Experiment, The Fall moved away from the epic-climes of tracks like And This Day, Garden & Hexen Definitive to something close to pop.
Lay of the Land is the great opening track (a memorable Whistle Test performance saw Michael Clark join the band's performance), producer John Leckie (The Stone Roses, The Bends, Empires&Dance) captures a more muscular Fall. The tracks have the potency of Joy Division/New Order in terms of sound- 2by4, The Stooges-quoting Elves & the jangly O!Brother single saw The Fall move into pop-rock climes (though still remaining The Fall).
This album comes with several bonus tracks- the singles O!Brother/God Box & CREEP/Pat Trip Dispenser & the Call for Escape Route EP (No Bulbs, Draygo's Guilt, Slang King & the Gavin Friday guested Clear Off!)- which make the whole even greater. Lay of the Land, Bug Day, Elves...all wonderful- the Smith/Smith/Hanley/Burns/Hanley/Scanlon line-up arguably the perfect Fall (well, they were the line-up I heard first)The album proper concludes on the strangely moving territory- preceding such classics as Bill is Dead, Living Too Late & Edinburgh Man- though we go out on a high with the jangly rockabilly of No Bulbs, complete with great backing vocals...
I'd argue for many Fall-albums, follow-up This Nation's Saving Grace is seen as their best album of the Brix-era- which I think devalues both this & Bend Sinister (1986). The 16-tracks of this reissue show one of the greatest rock'n'roll bands of all time on a frequent peak of creativity...
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1984 eh? strange year for me. first my wife left me.....then i won an inflatable speedboat...she soon came back.
this album sounds to me like a total(e)y different band than the one that had recorded Perverted.... this and the next one seem to go together but maybe thats just cos the back covers look similar.
this was one of my first Fall albums having not yet heard things like Grotesque and Hex and maybe not the best place to start if u aint heard these guys. that said tho, it is a fine album although it is really long as it contains extra songs which werent on the original vinyl. apparently this is when they went poppy- it does sound kind of clean i guess but there are some damn sweet momentes like C.R.E.E.P and Oh! Brother and it sounds like Mark's vocals have been run thru some FX. Lay of the land is a stormer and Disneys Dream Debased has a very soothing and melancholy feel to it. things get a bit surreal towards the end with the excellent Bug Day - a track which i really rate. Stephen Song and Craigness display odd time signatures, the latter with its drunken swing and random multitracked vocals. these kinda tracks sum up whats good about the Fall its just hard to put yr finger on it.
essential album for Fall addicts!
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Great album from a fine band. Bought this CD in replacement of an audio cassette I'd had in earlier times and played until stretched and knackered. Still a splendid cacophony rarely out of the car's CD player. Brix Smith is an awesome thrasher of guitar!
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Format: Audio CD
Bought this when it first came out in nineteen eighty whatever,(yes on a big shiny black disc thingy called a record, that required a gramaphone and needle to make noise) thanks to mister Peel constantly playing "Eat y'self fitter" from Perverted By Language. Found this to be THE Fall album. It inspired me to go see them 8 times in 20 months, thank God for the collage circuit. Cliche time; if you only buy one Fall album it HAS to be this one. - Foz
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