As regular readers have probably noticed, the bulk of my pieces for this series have been about LPs. For various reasons (there are more LPs from the time when people had these conversations on album covers, there’s just more space on the album covers for such conversations, etc.) LPs are just more interesting. CD covers, however, are easier to reproduce in digital form (scanning versus positioning just so and snapping with a digital camera), so there was a while back in the early days where I would be in a pinch without a camera and scan a bunch of CD covers.
Such was the case when I wrote about the CD of The Fall’s album Extricate, and a certain regular reader took me to task: “There are so many Fall albums in the library there and you pick one with minimal comments. C’mon, give us one with some meat!” It took me a while (almost three years — yikes!), but I finally got back to digging through the Fall LPs to find one that would be a good addition. And what should I turn up with, but the LP copy of… Extricate! OK, I should have had better notes on what I’d already covered, but the fact remains that the DJs had a lot to say about this one (once prompted), and what the heck, it might be interesting to compare the notes on the CD with those on the record. Maybe I’ll come back in another few years with another Fall record, OK?
“Over 2 wks. & no one’s written on this. Do you not like it, if so please let me know! Thanks.”
“I haven’t listened much, so I haven’t written. But based on limited exposure, this strikes me as Fall quality + worth its H.”
“This is mighty fine! Much better than I expected from the sampler EP. Cut 1 rips off the Stooges, but to great effect. ‘Billi s Dead’ still disappoints me (kinda dull), but works well in the context of the LP. ‘Black Monk Theme Part 1′ is just great rock ‘n’ roll w/cool fuzz guitar. ‘Popcorn Double Feature,’ ‘Hilary,’ & ‘The Littlest Rebel’ are the ‘pop’ tunes. ‘Telephone Thing’ is still great funk/rock/dance intensity. More pop-oriented overall, but still deviously The Fall, & still intelligent & well-crafted. Play up!”
“… not available on vinyl…” [Not sure what this means?]
“Hilary!! Uh Huh.”
“How they keep doing this I’ll never know. Delve into the CD and discover the great ‘Arms Control Poseur’ or the title track, ‘Extricate,’ it chugs right along. This LP will rule for quite a while.”
“Don’t miss the delicious extra CD too!!!” [Oh, maybe that’s we covered previously. How confusing.]
“I think it’s ready for M now.”
“The Fall is not stuck in any rut. This is musical variety unto itself. Excellent.”