50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong: 39 Golden Greats

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
There's never been a decent bluffer's guide to the Fall, until now. With all the cash-in and crap compilations the Fall have been subjected to, newcomers have a one in two chance of buying a loser, maybe worse. Leader Mark E. Smith, and whoever he decided was the Fall at the moment, have been on more labels than almost anybody. Over 24 years they've changed from loud and ramshackle to slick and pop and then back to loud and ramshackle again, with a bunch of stylistic changes in between. Add to it the fact that Smith is the textbook definition of difficult and you can see why compiling the Fall is near impossible. 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong is as good as it gets and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
There's never been a decent bluffer's guide to the Fall, until now. With all the cash-in and crap compilations the Fall have been subjected to, newcomers have a one in two chance of buying a loser, maybe worse. Leader Mark E. Smith, and whoever he decided was the Fall at the moment, have been on more labels than almost anybody. Over 24 years they've changed from loud and ramshackle to slick and pop and then back to loud and ramshackle again, with a bunch of stylistic changes in between. Add to it the fact that Smith is the textbook definition of difficult and you can see why compiling the Fall is near impossible. 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong is as good as it gets and with only two CDs, probably as good as you can get. You can't really blame the compilers for taking the easy way out and ordering the tracks chronologically, since it would have been difficult to decide which early punker sounds good next to the baggy-pants dance number "Telephone Thing." The only other, very minor, complaint about the collection is that you don't get any of the cerebral, wandering Fall. It's a huge part of their career but any longtime fan can tell you the murky classics take a while to get into. 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong goes for the big, "listenable" numbers. You get the sad tale of a comic book writer's final days "How I Wrote 'Elastic Man'", the hypnotic rocker about an unclean house "No Bulbs", and the group's big flirtation with the mainstream courtesy of a Kinks' cover "Victoria". The compilation does a good job of picking from the less impressive years, and an excellent job of summing up the band post-2000 for everyone who hasn't kept up and there's plenty. The Fall have been red-hot, for the most part, since the millennium switched and this collection couldn't have been better timed. Complain about how you're favorite isn't here and then grab two blank CD-Rs, 40 or so Fall records, and see if you can do any better.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Beggars Uk - Ada
  • UPC: 607618504427
  • Catalog Number: 85044
  • Sales rank: 59,867

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Repetition (4:56)
  2. 2 Industrial Estate (1:41)
  3. 3 Rowche Rumble (4:01)
  4. 4 Fiery Jack (4:45)
  5. 5 How I Wrote Elastic Man (4:20)
  6. 6 Totally Wired (3:25)
  7. 7 New Face in Hell (5:41)
  8. 8 Prole Art Threat (1:57)
  9. 9 Lie Dream of a Casino Soul (3:07)
  10. 10 The Classical (5:16)
  11. 11 Hip Priest (7:45)
  12. 12 The Man Whose Head Expanded (4:25)
  13. 13 Kicker Conspiracy (4:18)
  14. 14 Eat Yourself Fitter (6:35)
  15. 15 C.R.E.E.P. (2:56)
  16. 16 No Bulbs (4:28)
  17. 17 Spoilt Victorian Child (4:12)
  18. 18 Cruiser's Creek (4:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 U.S. 80's-90's (4:33)
  2. 2 Mr Pharmacist (2:19)
  3. 3 Living Too Late (4:27)
  4. 4 Hey! Luciani (3:34)
  5. 5 There's a Ghost in My House (2:36)
  6. 6 Hit the North (3:59)
  7. 7 Victoria (2:43)
  8. 8 Telephone Thing (4:10)
  9. 9 High Tension Line (3:46)
  10. 10 Free Range (4:20)
  11. 11 Why Are People Grudgeful? (4:27)
  12. 12 Behind the Counter (3:10)
  13. 13 M5 (3:33)
  14. 14 Feeling Numb (2:46)
  15. 15 The Chiselers (3:13)
  16. 16 Powder Keg (3:17)
  17. 17 Masquerade (3:50)
  18. 18 Touch Sensitive (3:15)
  19. 19 Crop-Dust (5:33)
  20. 20 Susan vs. Youthclub (3:37)
  21. 21 Green Eyed Loco-Man (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fall Primary Artist
Marc Riley Bass, Group Member
Brix Smith Guitar, Group Member
Martin Bramah Guitar, Group Member
Karl Burns Drums, Group Member
Kay Carroll Percussion, Vocals
Tony Friel Bass, Group Member
Paul Hanley Drums, Group Member
Steve Hanley Bass, Bass Guitar, Group Member
Mike Leigh Drums, Group Member
Yvonne Pawlett Keyboards, Group Member
Simon Rogers Keyboards, Group Member
Craig Scanlon Guitar, Group Member
Marcia Schofield Keyboards, Group Member
Mark E. Smith Vocals, Group Member
Simon Wolstencroft Drums, Group Member
Jim Watts Bass, Keyboards, Group Member
Lucy Rimmer Vocals
Mike Bennett Vocals
Spencer Birtwhistle Drums, Group Member
Andy Hackett Guitar, Group Member
Dave Bush Keyboards, Group Member
Adam Halal Bass, Group Member
Tom Head Drums, Group Member
Julia Nagle Guitar, Keyboards, Group Member
Neville Wilding Guitar, Group Member
Una Baines Keyboards, Group Member
Simon "Ding" Archer Bass, Group Member
Ed Blaney Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Brian Fanning Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
Marc Riley Composer
R. Dean Taylor Composer
Ray Davies Composer
Brix Smith Composer
Martin Bramah Composer
Karl Burns Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Tony Friel Composer
Paul Hanley Composer
Steve Hanley Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Composer
Simon Rogers Composer
Craig Scanlon Composer
Mark E. Smith Composer, Quotes Researched & Compiled
Simon Wolstencroft Composer
Jim Watts Composer
Mike Bennett Composer
Jonathan More Composer
Matt Black Composer
Spencer Birtwhistle Composer
Daryl Easlea Liner Notes, Audio Production
S. Hitchcock Composer
Julia Nagle Composer
Una Baines Composer
Jeff Nowlen Composer
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