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Mark E Smith approved comp of his influences. Lovely thing!.
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It's always fascinating to me that The Fall didn't opt to churn out a cover version until 8 years after the band's inception. That particular slice of legend pie was 'Rollin' Danny', the flip of 'Couldn't Get Ahead'. The rebellious leather jacket-sporting Gene Vincent was an obvious hero of the similarly outsider-ish MES and it is a pleasure to hear this original version of the track crack open the can of delights that is this beautifully researched & chronologically compiled CD. It's astonishing how similar 'Mr Pharmacist' by The Other Half sounds to The Fall's version. It has the same demented glee to it and the rough anthemic rockabilly vibe is raw & thrilling. Ant keeps commenting that he didn't realise some of these were covers, testament to how well chosen and executed these old treasures were by Uncle Mark & co. This CD is worth buying for numerous reasons. A/ The superbly presented booklet full of informative liner notes & great photos. B/ the crazy artwork by Savage Pencil (so THAT'S what a rebellious jukebox looks like!!) 3/ the chance to hear each & every song affectionately remodeled by the Barking Bard of Salford in it's original format 4/ the opportunity to own a classic comp of truly great songs that stands tall on its own without even considering the weight of influence they've had on our fave Northern mitherer and 5/ do you really need any more reasons? This should be in your cart already! Check the press release for the dazzling (completely wrongly ordered) track listing!!!
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