Mark E. Smith Vinyl, CD & tapes by Mark E. Smith at Norman Records

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The Fall
Hex Enduction Hour

Arguably the single greatest album in The Fall’s 41 year history, 1982’s Hex Enduction Hour documents Mark E. Smith at the peak of his powers, fronting the most powerful lineup of the band. Steve Hanley’s bass is generally to the fore, flanked by guitarists Craig Scanlon and Marc Riley, and crucially featuring the twin drums of Paul Hanley and Karl Burns. At this point MES had a knack for combining kitchen-sink realism with the uncanny and supernatural, refracted through a Burroughs-esque prism. Recorded in a draughty cinema in Hitchin and a cave in Reykjavík, the album is bombastic, abstract, abrasive, hilarious, belligerent and utterly exhilarating. The original crammed an hour of music onto a single LP, but this remastered Superior Viaduct reissue achieves much better sound quality than letting it sprawl over a double. If you’re looking for a way in to a potentially bewildering discography, start here!
  • Vinyl Triple LP (BREDT780)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

The Fall
Interim

There's enough the Fall LPs in the world already without all the non-official ones. Mark E. Smith's attitude to contract signing ensured that there was always someone out there with rights to live tracks and studio outtakes. Interim contains early versions of tracks that would appear on the later (and excellent) Fall Heads Roll alongside studio rehearsals and live tracks.  
  • Vinyl LP (LETV574LP)
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  • Limited edition

The Fall
The Idiot Joy Show

The Idiot Joy Show was one of those the Fall live albums that appeared from time to time when Mark E. Smith mislaid the rights to his live recordings. It features the band in 1995 which of course means that it was the six headed line-up that featured Brix Smith (again). This era would end in total pandemonium but the band would be a fascinating and grotesque live draw. It's all here on vinyl should you want to take a peek.  
  • Vinyl LP (LETV570LP)
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The Fall
Totale's Turns (It's Now Or Never)

The Fall have always been fond of a live album and this goes all the way back to 1980 when they issued 'Totale's Turns' but as always with the Fall there's studio recordings mixed in there as well just to confuse matters.  Here you get a 140 gram re-issue of the original album. A nice way to celebrate Mark E Smith's 60th.  
  • Vinyl LP (LETV490LP)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

The Fall
Slates

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The Fall
New Facts Emerge

"Produced in conjunction with Mark E Smith" says the press release. Let's hope he was involved somewhere even if only for microphone gurgling. This is the Fall's millionth LP but the first since 2015's 'Sub Lingual Tablet'-  a lifetime in the Fall world. Now settled in a dependable trudge-a-long line up let's hope this has some of the panache recent records have lacked. On weird formats.   
  • Artist(s):
  • Mark E. Smith

The Fall
The Fall - Singles 1978-2016

Singles 1978-2016 is a career-spanning singles compilation by The Fall. Mark E. Smith’s revolving door collective have released 60-odd albums, if you include live albums and compilations, in their career. This is the first collection to bring together singles from a number of different labels. With 112 tracks over 7 CDs, this is a hefty retrospective, and to endorse its credibility among fans of the band, all tracks have been remastered by Fall engineer Andy Pearce.
  • Artist(s):
  • Mark E. Smith

The Fall
The Fontana Years

Woaah there. A 6CD box set emanating from the type Mark E Smith and his merry troupe were signed to Fontana. This includes classic albums Extricate, Shiftwork and Code: Selfish plus all the singles, B sides  and John Peel Sessions from the era which was one of the most creative and vital periods of their long history.  
  • Artist(s):
  • Mark E. Smith

The Fall
A-Sides 1978-2016

A-Sides 1978-2016 is a career-spanning singles compilation by The Fall. Mark E. Smith’s revolving door collective have released 60-odd albums, if you include live albums and compilations, in their career. This is the first collection to bring together singles from a number of different labels. With 51 tracks over 3 CDs, this retrospective will give you a good overview of The Fall’s career, and to endorse its credibility among fans of the band, all tracks have been remastered by Fall engineer Andy Pearce.
  • Artist(s):
  • Mark E. Smith

The Fall
Live In Clitheroe

Live set by The Fall, captured in 2013 at Clitheroe Grand. By all accounts, Mark E. Smith and his band of merry men and women were in splendid form at this show, even if Mark did do his old ‘sing from the dressing room’ trick for the last few songs. Live In Clitheroe is released on vinyl with a nice vintage-design sleeve by Ozit Dandelion.
  • Artist(s):
  • Mark E. Smith

Blaney (featuring Mark E. Smith)
Urban Nature

Ed Blaney was formerly a member of The Fall, which is probably what made it possible for him to enlist Mark E. Smith himself to provide vocals on his album He’s lucky Smith didn’t claim it for himself as a Fall album under the “me and yr granny on bongos” doctrine… Smith drawls superbly over the rock instrumentals of Urban Nature. On Yerrrr Productions.
  • Artist(s):
  • Mark E. Smith

The Fall
Perverted By Language

Perverted By Language was the Fall's sixth album and the first to feature Brix Smith in any capacity. Mark E Smith's former wife was instrumental in the later smoothing out of their post-punk clank but at this stage it is still a challenging listen. There's plenty of classic the Fall moments here though from legendary longform opener Eat Y'self Fitter to the magnificently taut guitar entanglements of I Feel Voxish. 

The Fall
Grotesque (After The Gramme)

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The Fall
The Marshall Suite

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Ghostigital (featuring Mark E Smith)
Not Clean/ Crackers

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Mark E. Smith & Ed Blaney
The Train

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The Fall
Reformation Post TLC

Coming after the marvellous Fall Heads Roll, Reformation Post TLC was the 2007 album where once again the Fall descended into chaos and emerged with a work that was, if not brilliant, then as interesting as the rest of their catalogue sprawl. It was the album made by the band that Mark E Smith picked up following another on tour meltdown and includes Tim Presley (White Fence) amongst others. Re-issued on splatter wax and 4CD set  - the latter including demos, rough mixes and live tracks all of which are presumably utterly essential. 
  • Artist(s):
  • Mark E. Smith

Mild Man Jan (featuring Mark E Smith)
Fistful of Credits

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