The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall [Omnibus Edition]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
The Fall made the leap to a semi-major label -- Beggars Banquet -- with The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall, hooking up with noted producer John Leckie to create another smart, varied album. Contemporaneous with the slightly friendlier "Oh! Brother" and "C.R.E.E.P." singles without actually including them, Wonderful and Frightening World makes few concessions to the larger market: every potential hook seemed spiked with the band's usual rough take-it-or-leave-it stance. Mark E. Smith's audible, tape-distorting spit on the descending chord blast of "Elves" -- already spiked with enough vocal craziness as it is -- gives a sense of what the album as a whole is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
The Fall made the leap to a semi-major label -- Beggars Banquet -- with The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall, hooking up with noted producer John Leckie to create another smart, varied album. Contemporaneous with the slightly friendlier "Oh! Brother" and "C.R.E.E.P." singles without actually including them, Wonderful and Frightening World makes few concessions to the larger market: every potential hook seemed spiked with the band's usual rough take-it-or-leave-it stance. Mark E. Smith's audible, tape-distorting spit on the descending chord blast of "Elves" -- already spiked with enough vocal craziness as it is -- gives a sense of what the album as a whole is aiming for. Brix Smith co-writes about half the tracks, creating a strong partnership with many highlights. It may start with a semi-low-key chant, but when "Lay of the Land" fully kicks in, it does just that, Craig Scanlon in particular pouring on the feedback at the end over the clattering din. Smith sounds as coruscating and side-splittingly hilarious as ever, depicting modern Britain with an eye for the absurdities and failures and crucially, no empathy, it's all about a gimlet eye projected at everyone and everything. Two further standouts appear on the second half: "Slang King," a snarling portrayal of a cool-in-his-mind dude and his increasingly pathetic life, and the concluding "Disney's Dream Debased." Though unquestionably the most conventionally attractive tune on the album, ringing guitars and all, Smith's lyrics portray a Disneyland scenario in hell, however softly delivered. Elsewhere, Gavin Friday from the Virgin Prunes takes a bow with his own unmistakable, spindly vocals on the trebly Krautrock chug of "Copped It" and the slightly more brute rhythm of "Stephen Song." [This "Omnibus Edition" of the album features four CDs, three of which are filled with highly desirable extras. Disc one is a remastered version of the original album's nine-song track list. All bonus tracks that have appeared on earlier CD versions are moved to disc two, where singles and B-sides related to the album are collected, along with four unreleased "rough mixes" that pack some real punch. Disc three collects the band's BBC Radio Sessions from the time -- overlapping The Complete Peel Sessions box but not significantly -- while disc four features a live recording made by VPRO radio at Pandora's Music Box festival in The Netherlands. Even though bootlegs of the show are widely available, none sound this good. Also included is a 45-page booklet filled with interviews and archival photographs, making this set highly recommended for any fan of the original album.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2010
  • Label: Beggars Banquet Us
  • UPC: 607618206628
  • Catalog Number: 82066

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lay of the Land (5:43)
  2. 2 2 by 4 (3:37)
  3. 3 Copped It (4:15)
  4. 4 Elves (4:48)
  5. 5 Slang King (5:20)
  6. 6 Bug Day (4:58)
  7. 7 Stephen Song (3:04)
  8. 8 Craigness (3:02)
  9. 9 Disney's Dream Debased (5:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Oh! Brother (4:02)
  2. 2 God-Box (3:21)
  3. 3 O! Brother (4:19)
  4. 4 C.R.E.E.P. (3:09)
  5. 5 Pat-Trip Dispenser (4:01)
  6. 6 C.R.E.E.P. (4:42)
  7. 7 New Fiend (2 by 4) (3:36)
  8. 8 No Bulbs, Pt. 3 (5:01)
  9. 9 Slang King (5:15)
  10. 10 Draygo's Guilt (4:30)
  11. 11 Clear Off! (4:42)
  12. 12 No Bulbs (7:50)
  13. 13 Lay of the Land (4:17)
  14. 14 Pat-Trip Dispenser (4:04)
  15. 15 New Fiend (3:39)
  16. 16 Slang King (5:56)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Creep (2:37)
  2. 2 Pat-Trip Dispenser (4:10)
  3. 3 2 by 4 (4:18)
  4. 4 Words of Expectation (9:17)
  5. 5 God-Box (2:48)
  6. 6 Lay of the Land (3:59)
  7. 7 Oh Brother (3:49)
  8. 8 Creep (2:51)
  9. 9 No Bulbs (4:19)
  10. 10 Draygo's Guilt (4:48)
  11. 11 Stephen Song (3:16)
  12. 12 Slang King (6:25)
  13. 13 Copped It (5:58)
  14. 14 Elves (4:10)
  15. 15 Fortress/Marquis Cha Cha (5:56)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Lay of the Land (5:02)
  2. 2 Craigness (3:09)
  3. 3 2 by 4 (3:41)
  4. 4 Draygo's Guilt (5:13)
  5. 5 No Bulbs (6:00)
  6. 6 Kicker Conspiracy (5:03)
  7. 7 Stephen Song (4:22)
  8. 8 Copped It (7:46)
  9. 9 Pat - Trip Dispenser (4:25)
  10. 10 Middle Mass (6:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fall Primary Artist
John Fogerty Interviewee
Gavin Friday Vocals, Interviewee
Brix Smith Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Interviewee
Karl Burns Bass, Percussion, Drums, Interviewee
Paul Hanley Drums, Keyboards, Interviewee
John Leckie Interviewee
Michael Pollard Interviewee
Simon Rogers Interviewee
Craig Scanlon Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Interviewee
Mark E. Smith Vocals, Interviewee
Steve Webbon Interviewee
Richard Thomas Interviewee
Claus Castenskiold Interviewee
Martin Mills Interviewee
Michael Clark Interviewee
Stephen Hanley Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Interviewee
Karen Holmes Interviewee
Ray Conroy Interviewee
Terry Hollingsworth Interviewee
Karen Ehlers Interviewee
Technical Credits
Marc Riley Composer
Brix Smith Arranger, Composer, Producer
Karl Burns Composer
Martin Colley Engineer
Joe Gillingham Engineer
Dale "Buffin" Griffin Producer
Paul Hanley Composer
John Leckie Producer
Mark Radcliffe Producer
Craig Scanlon Composer
Mark E. Smith Arranger, Composer, Producer
Tony Wilson Producer
John Dent Remastering
Chris Bigg Layout
Steve Webbon Layout
Mike Engles Engineer
Mike Walter Engineer
Claus Castenskiold Cover Painting
Daryl Easlea Interviewer
Jason Mitchell Remastering
Richard Skinner Presentation
Tim Cumming Interviewer
Paul Cox Cover Photo
Stephen Hanley Composer
Andy Batten Foster Interviewer
David Alker Artwork
Peter Liddell Artwork
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