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Album Review

This random collection of Fall outtakes, extras, and whatnot features plenty of highlights, including a blistering cover of the Sonics' "Strychnine," an epic 1982 live performance of "Back Drop," and a killer version of "Spector vs. Rector" that, like a handful of the other tracks, is pulled from the live album The Legendary Chaos Tape. Prime stuff, but nothing from the band's successful days on Beggars Banquet is included (the "Hey Luciani" included here is an alternate take); their great, later work is missing, and there's absolutely no focus to the set, save that it's the random bit of Fall material Secret Records had under license. Fair enough, and so is the set when bought at a budget price, but don't be surprised when a Fall fanatic sneers at it hard because the group's discography is already fat with these marginal comps.


Formed: 1977 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the late-'70s punk and post-punk bands, none are longer lived or more prolific than the Fall. Throughout their career, the band underwent myriad lineup changes, but at the center of it all was vocalist Mark E. Smith. With his snarling, nearly incomprehensible vocals and consuming, bitter cynicism, Smith became a cult legend in indie and alternative rock. Over the course of their career, the Fall went through a number of shifts in musical style, yet the foundation of their sound was a near-cacophonous,...
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