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Slates

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Originally released in a time when "neither an EP nor an LP" was different and not a marketing gimmick, 1981's Slates was issued as a 10", but its six tight songs didn't have that key track to make it as revered as other Fall releases of the time. "Leave the Capitol," "Middle Mass," and "Prole Art Threat" deserve their place in the Fall's hall of fame, but compared to the second, punchy and polished version of "Lie Dream," they sound a bit anemic. Not a bad taster if you're new and want some post-punk, pre-pop Fall -- and 90 percent of this is prime material. [The 1992 and 1998 reissues added the live and short A Part of America Therein, a worthy complement for which Sanctuary has other plans. For the Fall fan, the bonuses on the 2004 reissue are a mixed blessing. With classic tracks like "Lie Dream of a Casino Soul," "Fantastic Life," and the great "Hip Priest" tacked on, the extras read as if from an early-'80s "greatest-hits" package. Great, but if there's a bummer to be had, they weaken the punch of the original Slates' sprawling attempt to restructure the Fall from punk to prog -- prog in the least pretentious sense of the word. Longtime buyers of the band get better sound quality, great liner notes, and the duplication blues once again.] ~ David Jeffries

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1
Middle Mass 00:03:32

The Fall, Performance, MainArtist

2004 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1981 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

2
An Older Lover Etc. 00:04:35

The Fall, Performance, MainArtist

2004 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1981 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

3
Prole Art Threat 00:01:57

The Fall, Performance, MainArtist

2004 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1981 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

4
Fit and Working Again 00:02:59

The Fall, Performance, MainArtist

2004 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1981 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

5
Slags, Slates Etc. 00:06:31

The Fall, Performance, MainArtist

2004 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1981 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

6
Leave the Capitol 00:04:02

The Fall, Performance, MainArtist

2004 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1981 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

7
Middle Mass (Peel Session 31/3/81) 00:03:54

The Fall, Performance, MainArtist

2004 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1981 BBC. Licensed courtesy of BBC Worldwide to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

8
Lie Dream of a Casino Soul (Peel Session 31/3/81) 00:02:42

The Fall, Performance, MainArtist

2004 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1981 BBC. Licensed courtesy of BBC Worldwide to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

9
Hip Priest (Peel Session 31/3/81) 00:09:24

The Fall, Performance, MainArtist

2004 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1981 BBC. Licensed courtesy of BBC Worldwide to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

10
C 'n' C Hassle Schmuk (Peel Session 31/3/81) 00:04:11

The Fall, Performance, MainArtist

2004 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1981 BBC. Licensed courtesy of BBC Worldwide to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

11
Lie Dream of a Casino Soul (7" Version) 00:03:09

The Fall, Performance, MainArtist

2004 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1981 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

12
Fantastic Life 00:05:21

The Fall, Performance, MainArtist

2004 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1981 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

13
Medical Acceptance Gate 00:03:25

The Fall, Performance, MainArtist

2004 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1980 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

Album Description

Originally released in a time when "neither an EP nor an LP" was different and not a marketing gimmick, 1981's Slates was issued as a 10", but its six tight songs didn't have that key track to make it as revered as other Fall releases of the time. "Leave the Capitol," "Middle Mass," and "Prole Art Threat" deserve their place in the Fall's hall of fame, but compared to the second, punchy and polished version of "Lie Dream," they sound a bit anemic. Not a bad taster if you're new and want some post-punk, pre-pop Fall -- and 90 percent of this is prime material. [The 1992 and 1998 reissues added the live and short A Part of America Therein, a worthy complement for which Sanctuary has other plans. For the Fall fan, the bonuses on the 2004 reissue are a mixed blessing. With classic tracks like "Lie Dream of a Casino Soul," "Fantastic Life," and the great "Hip Priest" tacked on, the extras read as if from an early-'80s "greatest-hits" package. Great, but if there's a bummer to be had, they weaken the punch of the original Slates' sprawling attempt to restructure the Fall from punk to prog -- prog in the least pretentious sense of the word. Longtime buyers of the band get better sound quality, great liner notes, and the duplication blues once again.] ~ David Jeffries

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