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The Fall
Live At The Witch Trials

Originally released through the legendary punk label Step-Forward in 1979, Live At The Witch Trials by The Fall finally gets the reissue treatment for a new generation of fans. As a debut album it’s rugged and repetitive forging the template that Mark E. Smith would become famous for. Out on 2CD and 180 gram vinyl from Castle Music and Sanctuary.

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!

The Fall
Grotesque (After The Gramme)

Really rather early material from The Fall here: Grotesque (After The Gramme) is only their third album, putting it in the first ten percent of their studio catalogue. 1980 Fall are still extremely direct, with the line-up including Steve Hanley and Marc Riley at this point. Reissue includes extra tracks, including contemporary singles and a Mark E. Smith ‘self-interview’

The Fall
Dragnet

The second album from The Fall gets the reissue treatment here. Dragnet, recorded in 1979, established the routine to which Mark E. Smith would indefinitely adhere; new music and new members. In contrast to Live At The Witch Trials, Dragnet features decidedly muddy production, setting a precedent for future albums. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Castle Music and Sanctuary.

The Fall
A Part Of America Therein. 1981

Here is a live album by none other than The Fall, recorded in the USA in 1981: that information put through the Mark E. Smith filter translates to A Part of America Therein, 1981. Originally released only in that country, this reissue adds a full eight bonus tracks recorded on the same tour. Cheap CD on Castle.

The Fall
The Light User Syndrome

One of the best the Fall albums of the '90s in my opinion (not that you were asking). Smith is all over the place but has the pop chops of former wife Brix Smith at his disposal slashing out brash, shiny hooks for Smith to growl over. As usual it's a mixed bag with some awful clunkers disrupting the flow but at its best it's tuneful and incendiary.   
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