The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace

Double Vinyl Bundle - Original LP + Bonus Disc

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This Nation’s Saving Grace is the eighth studio album by English post-punk band The Fall, originally released in September 1985 by Beggars Banquet Records.

This expanded vinyl edition bundles together The Fall's 'This Nation's Saving Grace' with 'Schtick - Yarbles Revisited!'

Originally released in 1985, This Nation's Saving Grace is one of their most loved releases drawing from the well of primal rock 'n' roll, the band play with muscular spontaneity and inspiration to create music that still sounds unique and challenging, especially against today's anodyne imitations of Rock and 'guitar music.'

Available for the first time on vinyl bonus LP Schtick - Yarbles Revisited compiles the singles released around This Nation's Saving Grace and includes 5 tracks from the bands' 1985 BBC Peel sessions.

This Nation’s Saving Grace is without doubt one of the peak achievements of The Fall. The band seemed a perfect blend of old and new, with the nucleus of Craig Scanlon (rhythm guitar), Steve Hanley (bass) and drummer Karl Burns cementing longevity freshened by the poptones and vision of Mark's wife, Brix and, curiously, classical music graduate Simon Rogers.

All of which injected a certain optimism amongst the ranks. Despite that inkling of commercial success, life with Beggar's Banquet seemed unusually settled for this most fractious of units. Mark and Brix had moved into a semi-detached house in Salford's Sedgeley Park, literally a stone's throw away from the identical house in which he grew up. This move seemed to add a certain stability and is celebrated on this album with, naturally enough, 'My New House', which only proved that Fall songs could be about 'anything'. The house was/is actually curious in itself. With a blue/grey décor throughout, it clashed markedly against the prevailing trends and always seemed the perfect manifestation of Mark and his lively muse.

The Nation's Saving Grace begins with what has become an evergreen Fall live set opener. Brix Smith's Mansion is a dark, catchy dabbling in pyschedelia and the absolute perfect lead-in to Mark's gloriously defiant Bombast. If ever a song laid down a statement of unbridled vitriol, this is it.

The core of the dynamic: the force of Brix's pop sensibility and the clean nature of Leckie versus the growl of Hanley and Smith's ever-present belligerence. Nowhere is this more apparent than on I Am Damo Suzuki, Smith's genuine tribute to the Can vocalist he had befriended. The song is loosely based on Can's "Oh Yeah", an affectionate nod rather than a steal. One can also sense the Germanic influence in Paintwork. A semi-acoustic drifting that touches a mild psychedelic. Rather lovely and lonely when placed in a song list that also includes Spoilt Victorian Child, Gut Of The Quantifier and L.A.. The latter being a rather testy look back to the lengthy period Smith had spent in the city.

Bonus LP Schtick - Yarbles Revisited represents The Fall at their peak – with some incredible singles, a rarity or two, and some incredible live BBC recordings. The Fall were recording the best material of their career during this period, somehow balancing tuneful, if still pretty damn jagged post-punk with spontaneous changes and genuinely catchy hooks – even if Mark E Smith's speak-singing lyricism was as surly as ever! Includes the studio recorded singles Couldn't Get Ahead, Rollin' Dany, Petty (Thief) Lout, Cruiser's Creek, Vixen and Ma Riley – plus a bunch of incredible 1985 John Peel show live recordings on the other side – including Gut Of The Quantifer, Spoilt Victorian Child, and L.A..

This limited double vinyl bundle with 2 separate LP records housed in a PVC plastic sleeve, features remastered audio on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, pressed in the UK.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Mansion

1:21

A2

Bombast

3:08

A3

Barmy

5:21

A4

What You Need

4:50

A5

Spoilt Victorian Child

4:13

A6

L.A.

4:10

B1

Gut Of The Quantifier

5:16

B2

My New House

5:16

B3

Paint Work

6:38

B4

I Am Damo Suzuki

5:41

B5

To Nk Roachment: Yarbles

1:23

 

Bonus LP: Schtick – Yarbles Revisited

 

Title

Time

A1

Couldn’t Get Ahead

2:35

A2

Rollin’ Dany

2:23

A3

Petty (Thief) Lout

5:20

A4

Cruiser’s Creek

4:16

A5

Vixen

4:01

A6

Ma Riley

3:48

B1

Cruiser’s Creek (Peel Session)

4:16

B2

Couldn’t Get Ahead (Peel Session)

2:35

B3

Gut Of The Quantifier (Peel Session)

5:15

B4

Spoilt Victorian Child (Peel Session)

4:12

B5

L.A. (Peel Session)

4:09

SKU 607618213718
Record Label Beggars Banquet Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number BBQLP2137
Country UK - United Kingdom
Release Date (Year) 11 June 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 23 September 1985
Barcode # 607618213718
Shipping Weight 0.4850kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.325m
Shipping Length 0.325m
Shipping Cubic 0.000845m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Vinyl Bundle, 180 Gram Vinyl, 2 Separate LP Records in a PVC Plastic Sleeve, Includes Schtick-Yarbles Revisited as Bonus LP, 2015 HD Mastered
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Punk Rock
Genre New Wave
Format VINYL LP

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