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.
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1/10 Rob F Customer review, 7th March 2018
There have been some pretty shoddy live Fall releases over the years, but Ozit-Morpheus have been fortunate enough to put out 3 of the very worst! This one, Bingo Masters At The Witch Trials and Live In San Francisco. All for very different reasons..
Live In Clitheroe sounds like it is taken from a mixing desk tape - which usually makes for a slightly more tolerable lesson, however in this instance it robs the music of any power that may have been present on the night. MES vocal is far louder than anything else, and it's pretty painful to hear quite how much he's winging it. At one point amongst the unintelligible growls you can hear him declare "I can't remember the ****ing lyrics-ah!". You also get to hear every time he messes with an amp and the instrument in question either drops (even further) from the mix or suddenly drowns out everything. When you're in the room his "live-mixing" was entertaining but on this record it's just plain annoying. The set is drawn from the last 10 years, with the exception of the well-trodden covers of Mr Pharmacist and White Lighntning. Both of these are played/sung with a distinct air of can't-be-botherdness. The press release may have said that the band were on form that night but they really weren't. There are far better bootlegs out there from this era/line-up. The irony is that Ozit-Morpheus probably won't release those....
And don't get me started on the cover. Look at it. Just look at it! Ugh!
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