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

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

by The Fall


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

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2004
Label: Beggars Uk - Ada
UPC: 0607618504427
catalogNumber: 85044
Rank: 61256

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
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
Baines   Composer
Jeff Nowlen   Composer

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