Live At The Witch Trials

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
That the first Fall album in a near endless stream would not only not sound very punk at all but would be a downright pleasant listen at the start thanks to Yvonne Pawlett's electric piano on "Frightened" seems perfectly in keeping with Smith's endlessly contrary mind. His inimitable drawl/moan and general vision of the universe idiots are everywhere and idiotic things are rampant similarly sprawls all over the music -- there's no question who this is or whose band it is as well. That said, most of Live at the Witch Trials is co-written with Martin Bramah, whose guitar work here is noticeably much more inclined to chime and ring instead of brutally scratching away like ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
That the first Fall album in a near endless stream would not only not sound very punk at all but would be a downright pleasant listen at the start thanks to Yvonne Pawlett's electric piano on "Frightened" seems perfectly in keeping with Smith's endlessly contrary mind. His inimitable drawl/moan and general vision of the universe idiots are everywhere and idiotic things are rampant similarly sprawls all over the music -- there's no question who this is or whose band it is as well. That said, most of Live at the Witch Trials is co-written with Martin Bramah, whose guitar work here is noticeably much more inclined to chime and ring instead of brutally scratching away like Craig Scanlon's awesome work would soon do. Bramah's not just there to sound tuneful, though, and the killer Marc Riley/Karl Burns rhythm section both keeps up the energy and provides surprising grooves. On chugging tracks like "Two Steps Back," it's not hard to tell Smith's Krautrock fandom is coming into play. With Pawlett's keyboards providing a pretty garage kick on top of it all, the result is an all-around treat. Brilliantly scabrous tracks are everywhere, one of the most memorable being "Rebellious Jukebox," simultaneously one of the most tuneful and aggressive songs from the early lineup, Smith pouring it on along with the band as a whole. The driving funk of "Music Scene," meanwhile, redefines misanthropy and more with a particularly central Smith target in mind. "No Xmas for John Quays," meanwhile, almost establishes the Fall formula on its own -- Smith chanting and yelling over a quick, semi-rockabilly shamble and attack punctuated with unexpected stops and starts. Note -- the Cog Sinister CD re-release of the album, in keeping with similar perverse reissues in the Fall's back catalog, is mastered directly from vinyl, and more than once sounds it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2008
  • Label: Castle Music Uk
  • EAN: 5050159184729
  • Catalog Number: 847
  • Sales rank: 71,301

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fall Primary Artist
Marc Riley Bass, Guitar
Martin Bramah Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Karl Burns Drums
Yvonne Pawlett Keyboards, Electric Piano
Mark E. Smith Vocals
Technical Credits
The Fall Composer
Marc Riley Composer, Producer, Contributor
Bob Sargeant Producer
Brix Smith Composer
Martin Bramah Arranger, Composer, Producer
Karl Burns Producer, Contributor
Kay Carroll Management
Tony Friel Composer
Yvonne Pawlett Composer, Producer, Contributor
Mark E. Smith Composer, Contributor
Alvin Clark Engineer
Una Baines Composer
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