Giving kudos to the compilers of these new Fall reissues last year, when they commenced with Wonderful & Frightening, we said that we hoped the releases would be ongoing. Our wish has been granted – and with such a great album to get the Omnibus Edition treatment.
The original 1985 CD is nestled in the box, commencing with the downright malevolent Mansion, before stopping off at breezy synth(ish) pop (LA), subtle sonic shifters (Paintwork) and all manner of guitar stomps that sound as if one specific lyric is being shuffled around on top of them (Spoilt Victorian Child, I Am Damo Suzuki, My New House). John Leckie’s production feels well placed for those questionable noises too, somehow stringing them together wondrously and without imposition.
As is the norm for this series, you get bonus discs (Singles & Sessions and Rough Mixes/Outtakes), which will have the Fall army ticking off checklists. A 46-page book finishes the bundle, filled with interviews, setlists, posters and band reminiscences. But the star here is the album: something a lesser band’s reissue packaging would struggle to convey. Exemplary work from all involved.