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50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong: 39 Golden Greats
Fall, The Fall
50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong: 39 Golden Greats
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #2

The definitive Fall anthology, this 39 track double cd spans the illustrious career of one of rock music's most important bands. Of all the late-'70s punk and post-punk bands, none are longer-lived or more prolific than Th...  more »


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All Artists: Fall, The Fall
Title: 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong: 39 Golden Greats
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Beggars UK - Ada
Release Date: 6/8/2004
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Indie & Lo-Fi, British Alternative, New Wave & Post-Punk
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 607618504427


Album Description
The definitive Fall anthology, this 39 track double cd spans the illustrious career of one of rock music's most important bands. Of all the late-'70s punk and post-punk bands, none are longer-lived or more prolific than The Fall. Throughout their career, the band underwent a myriad of lineup changes, but at the center of it all is vocalist Mark E. Smith. With his caustic, acerbic wit and inimitable vocal style, Smith has become a cult legend in alternative rock circles. This double cd set , at the bargain list price of $16.98, is the ultimate collection for both newcomer and veteran fan alike. "Led by acid-tounged poet Mark E. Smith, whose caustic lyrics and accented, amelodic vocals provide the Fall's primary features, the Fall has created a huge body of unique, adventurous and challenging rock. From its experimental beginnings, the Fall has continued to explore and grow stronger...the Fall has made a crucial difference in modern music." Trouser Press

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A great price for a lot of great tunes.
Thomas W. Dube | New York | 09/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I remember a review of a new Fall release (by Fred Miller?) that
began with the sentance: "I always expect the next album by The Fall to suck, but it never does".
The Fall alwats skirts the
fringes of pop and appears ready to teeter, but they never do.
This compilation is the proof. The Fall always remain an interesting and rewarding listen.

Most of my Fall collection is on vinyl. I repurchased a few favorites on CD: Wonderful and Frightning World, Bend Sinister,
This Nation's Saving Grace. The 50,000 Fall Fans compilation
was a great chance for me to pick up digital copies of many other
favorite songs and hear a few tunes from recordings that are not
in my collection in any media.

This CD is a great deal. A double CD by a great group at a single CD price. If you are a newcomer to The Fall,
this is a good starting point. If you are already one of the 50,000 (like me) the price is a good insentive to
pick up the singles that are not already in your collection. Favorite track: 'Hey, Luciani'.
Tossed about like Johnson's current endowment
P. Ayars | Chicago | 12/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Was, is and will always be worthy of our attention. Amazon Rules suggest 75 to 300 words when submitting an assessment of a product but this collection is beyond description. I might ramble further about the ramifications of this product's impact on the early 21st century but I feel time is too valuable. You must obtain this collection immediately.

If you're not satisfied with this purchase, I suggest rebirth or a venture into advanced mechanization, exploitation or debauchery."
An Introduction...of Sorts
MoogleFan | 04/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"When I began to delve into the music of The Fall, I was quite impressed with the band's diversity in instrumentation, style, lyrics, and various other aspects. After reading a bit of background information, I then found that The Fall had gone through about fifty different musicians in the course of it's existence, with only a handful being an active creative force for an album (or more) at any given time. Mark E. Smith has 'sacked' quite a number of them, being displeased with their attitude or performance, and has garnered the reputation of not being the easiest musician to work with. However, as the enigmatic songwriter and lead vocalist of this unusual group, he has remained from the band's formation in 1976 through to The Fall's most recent studio album release, 'Reformation Post TLC', in 2007! That's some serious dedication.

With such a long-spanning existence, there are loads of studio albums, live albums, compilations, etc...Where does one even begin? That's what I was wondering, until I stumbled upon this 2-CD compilation, '50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong'. The Fall is obscure to listeners of mainstream music, especially those in America. There have been instances when songs such as The Fall's covers of The Kinks' "Victoria" and R. Dean Taylor's "There's A Ghost in My House" climbed up fairly high on the music charts in the UK, as well as a scattered assortment of other singles. I find it unfortunate that The Fall's cover songs were generally better-received on the charts than the original material that The Fall released as singles...there's a lot of good stuff to be heard!

Speaking of songs released as singles, '50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong' includes a good many of them, as well as some songs that were album-exclusive. Due to the sheer number of songs that The Fall has released, it must have been an alarming task for whoever had to put this compilation together! However, I must say that this serves as a pretty good introduction for a new listener; it's priced rather nicely and includes 39 songs! My personal favorites are: "Totally Wired", "Cruiser's Creek", "U.S. 80's-90's", "Victoria", and "Free Range". Of course, fans will gripe about certain songs being left off of this compilation, but that's somewhat inevitable, due to the vast catalogue of Fall songs in existence. Overall, most of the 'key' songs are here, regardless of whether they are more memorable singles and/or favorites amongst fans.

The Fall has shown many different sides throughout the years, which is partly due to having such an array of different musicians involved. Not only that, but Mark E. Smith's lyrics and direction has grown and changed in so many different ways that I don't even know what genre I'd label The Fall as. As Mark E. Smith has said in past interviews, he is not concerned about any kind of 'music scene' that might be happening; he would rather be focusing on creating new music in his own way, regardless of whatever 'scene' might be popping up someplace. A given music scene might seem exciting for awhile...only to fade away and be replaced by another. But, here's The Fall! Despite the ever-changing roster of musicians, Mark E. Smith, as the talented, knowledgeable front-man, has definitely shown that he has a handle on what he's doing.

So, if you like this compilation, what next? The Fall's 'This Nation's Saving Grace', a favorite of Fall fans and critics alike, would be a good selection from the myriad of studio albums available. The album, as a whole, is quite interesting to listen to, and includes some rather good tracks that aren't on '50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong', such as "Bombast", "L.A.", and "My New House". For even more Fall, 'The Complete Peel Sessions', though expensive, is a comprehensive 6-CD box set spanning from 1978-2004. Regardless of what route you decide to take in listening to this band, you'll find that there's a lot of interesting music to explore, probably won't hear any other band like The Fall."