Saturday, 9 December 2017

The Fall - Singles 1978-2016 (2017)


The Fall
Singles 1978-2016 7CD box set
(2017)

This is the first collection of all The Fall singles recorded across a multitude of labels: Step Forward, Rough Trade, Kamera, Beggars Banquet, Cog Sinister, Permanent, Artful, Action Oh and Cherry Red. We got the lot! Lovingly compiled here in a 7-CD box set with a full illustrated discography by renowned Fall expert Conway Paton.
Joining the ranks of the six-disc "The Complete Peel Sessions 1978-2004" and the five-disc "The Fall Box Set", "Singles 1978-2016" is another ambitious repackaging of the seemingly endless catalog of Mancunian post-punk institution The Fall, collecting seven CDs' worth of tracks from their countless singles and EPs. The first three discs (also released separately as "A-Sides 1978-2016") present the A-sides in order, from "Bingo-Master" (which was actually the second track from the groupćs 1978 debut EP, "Bingo-Master's Break-Out!") to 2016's "Wise Ol’ Man".
The remaining four discs focus on B-sides, again in chronological order. These include plenty of tracks that are entirely crucial to the band's oeuvre, including "Repetition" and "No Bulbs" - considering how many times these songs have been anthologized before, it might be easy to forget that they initially appeared as B-sides. It also reveals that not every single B-side is present on this set - plenty of remixes, alternate versions, live takes, and non-album cuts are omitted, particularly from the EPs and multi-format releases. Also, 1981's "Slates" 10" is apparently considered an LP rather than an EP, and is unrepresented.
Including everything would have required at least ten discs, and while most hardcore fans would probably prefer it this way, what's most important is that nearly everything here is brilliant. Highly recommended for anyone with the urge to plunge deeper into The Fall's tremendous body of work.


A-sides

cd1: 1978-1985
01. Bingo-Master [2:22]
02. It's The New Thing [3:26]
03. Rowche Rumble [4:01]
04. Fiery Jack [4:44]
05. How I Wrote 'Elastic Man' [4:20]
06. Totally Wired [3:25]
07. Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul [3:07]
08. Look, Know [4:37]
09. The Man Whose Head Expanded [4:21]
10. Kicker Conspirary [4:14]
11. Marquee Cha-Cha [4:30]
12. Oh! Brother [4:01]
13. C.R.E.E.P. [2:55]
14. Draygo's Guilt [4:30]
15. Couldn't Get Ahead [2:36]
16. Cruiser's Creek [6:07]

cd2: 1986-1996
01. Living Too Late [4:32]
02. Mr. Pharmacist [2:18]
03. Hey! Luciani [3:33]
04. There's A Ghost In My House [2:36]
05. Hit The North Part 1 [4:00]
06. Victoria [2:43]
07. Jerusalem [3:50]
08. Cab It Up [3:47]
09. Telephone Thing [4:20]
10. Popcorn Double Feature [3:42]
11. White Lightning [2:14]
12. High Tension Line [3:47]
13. Free Range [4:19]
14. Ed's Babe [3:17]
15. Why Are People Grudugeful? [4:28]
16. Behind The Counter [3:10]
17. 15 Ways [2:54]
18. The Chiselers [3:14]

cd3: 1998-2016
01. Masquerade [3:52]
02. Touch Sensitive [3:15]
03. F-'Oldin' Money [2:46]
04. Rude (All The Time) [2:45]
05. Susan vs Youthclub [3:38]
06. (We Wish You) A Protein Christmas [3:31]
07. Theme From Sparta F.C. #2 [3:50]
08. Distilled Mug Art (Mix 15) [3:36]
09. I Can Hear The Grass Grow [2:50]
10. Reformation! (Uncut) [7:00]
11. Slippy Floor (Mark Mix) [6:14]
12. Bury! [3:44]
13. Laptop Dog [4:00]
14. Victrola Time [3:56]
15. Sir William Wray (Single Mix) [3:34]
16. The Remainderer [3:59]
17. Wise Ol' Man [3:36]

B-sides

cd4: 1978-1984
01. Psycho Mafia [2:14]
02. Repetition [4:55]
03. Various Times [6:39]
04. In My Area [4:05]
05. 2nd Dark Age [1:58]
06. Psykick Dancehall #2 [3:38]
07. City Hobgoblins [2:23]
08. Putta Block [4:25]
09. Fantastic Life [5:19]
10. I'm Into C.B. [6:31]
11. Ludd Gang [2:34]
12. Wings [4:27]
13. Room To Live [4:13]
14. God-Box [3:23]
15. O! Brother [4:24]

cd5: 1984-1986
01. Pat-Trip Dispenser [4:01]
02. C.R.E.E.P. [4:42]
03. Clear Off [4:39]
04. No Bulbs [7:52]
05. Rollin' Dany [2:24]
06. Petty (Thief) Lout [5:22]
07. L.A. [4:10]
08. Vixen [4:03]
09. Hot Aftershave Bop [3:45]
10. Living Too Long [7:09]
11. Lucifer Over Lancashire [5:11]
12. Auto Tech Pilot [4:53]
13. Entitled [3:15]
14. Shoulder Pads #1B [5:03]

cd6: 1987-1999
01. Haf Found Bormann [2:44]
02. Hit The North Part 2 [3:34]
03. Tuff Life Booogie [2:46]
04. Acid Priest 2088 [4:28]
05. Dead Beat Descendant [2:25]
06. British People In Hot Weather [3:07]
07.  Butterflies 4 Brains [4:16]
08. Zandra [2:49]
09. Blood Outta Stone [3:34]
10. Xmas With Simon [3:31]
11. Everything Hurtz [4:06]
12. Pumpkin Head Xscapes [3:50]
13. Glam Racket [3:35]
14. War [2:44]
15. Hey! Student [4:30]
16. The $500 Bottle Of Wine [2:35]
17. Chilinist [6:15]
18. Masquerade (PWL Mix) [4:00]
19. Touch Sensitive (Dance Mix) [7:11]
20. Antidote [3:02]

cd7: 1999-2016
01. Perfect Day (New Version) [2:22]
02. I Wake Up In The City [4:40]
03. Janet vs Johnny [2:47]
04. (We Are) Mad Mock Goth [4:44]
05. My Ex Classmate's Kids (Live) [05:01]
06. I Wake Up In The City (Mix 5) [4:53]
07. Clasp Hands [2:34]
08. Over Over (Rough Mix) [4:01]
09. Hot Cake - Part 2 [3:01]
10. Cowboy Gregori [3:28]
11. Cosmos 7 [3:20]
12. Monocard [8:08]
13. Taking Off (Live) [5:13]
14. Jetplane [3:13]
15. Hittie Man (Single Mix) [5:49]
16. Amorator! [3:20]
17. All Leave Cancelled [8:19]


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