Slates was the tumbling, stumbling the Fall at the peak of their early powers. A 10" EP of all-good tracks including the likes of Prole Art Threat and Leave the Capitol. It is insanely catchy with actual choruses which would point the way to their later more pop-friendly work. Essential re-issue with bonus liner notes.
Vinyl 10" £19.99 SV114
Reissue 10" EP on Superior Viaduct. Includes liner notes by Brian Turner.
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- Slates by The Fall
9/10 Jack 8th December 2016
I love the Fall, some of their later records have gone by the wayside for me (they are outrageously prolific - and like Captain Beefheart - largely a vocalist songwriter surrounded by a variety of musicians). The six songs had 4 downright poppy and unforgettable hooks in them - and the lengthy ponderous "slates" was - while droning on and on like a Delta blues piece, full of interesting verbosity from Smith. This release is a gem - the CD version saddled with some great extras to fill out the CD length and allow for longer playing.
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