Q - p.1344 stars out of 5
- "[B]oth a comprehensive and representative document, and one that demonstrates just how much the current generation of art rockers owe to this enduring band."
Magnet - p.93
"Smith snarls and squeaks through 39 bitterly funny assessments of human frailty and pop-culture ephemera."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1334 stars out of 5
- "[With] the Manchester's venerable mitherers' finest moments..."
The Fall: Steve Hanley (bass guitar); Craig Scanlon, Dave Bush, Karl Burns, Mark E. Smith , Paul Hanley, Simon Rogers, Simon Wolstencroft, Julia Nagle, Ed Blaney.
Personnel: Ed Blaney (vocals, guitar); Kay Carroll (vocals, percussion); Lucy Rimmer, Mark E. Smith , Mike Bennett (vocals); Julia Nagle (guitar, keyboards); Martin Bramah, Craig Scanlon, Brian Fanning, Andy Hackett, Neville Wilding, Brix Smith (guitar); Yvonne Pawlett, Dave Bush, Una Baines, Marcia Schofield, Jim Watts, Simon Rogers (keyboards); Tom Head, Karl Burns, Paul Hanley, Mike Leigh , Simon Wolstencroft, Spencer Birtwhistle (drums).
Liner Note Author: Daryl Easlea.
From the late 1970s to the early '00s, almost every year brought with it at least one Fall album. Throughout the career of the ridiculously prolific British post-punk band, the one consistent element has been Mark E. Smith. With his unmistakably entrancing vocal sneer and oft-absurd lyrics, Smith is the hard-living heart of the Fall, stridently leading a nearly endless array of musicians under the band's banner.
Nowhere is the Fall's longevity more evident on the first track of this two-disc collection, 1978's "Repetition," a spare, lumbering song charmingly dated by Smith singing "President Carter loves repetition." As 50,000 FALL FANS progresses, so does the group's sound, moving from the hyperactive, bass-heavy "Totally Wired" to the refined punk-pop glory of "C.R.E.E.P.," which prominently features Smith's then-wife Brix on backing vocals and guitar. The second disc follows Smith and company into the late '80s and beyond, featuring the electronic-tinged "U.S. 80's-90's," a brilliantly rambunctious cover of the Kinks' "Victoria," and the full-on dance track "Masquerade." For a concise overview of the Fall's long history, these 39 GOLDEN GREATS can't be beat.