The Fall: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004

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The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004
Box set by The Fall
Released 2005
Recorded 1978–2004
Genre Post-punk
Length 7:04:24
Label Castle Music
Producer various
The Fall chronology
Interim
(2004)
The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004
(2005)
Fall Heads Roll
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Mojo 4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (9.3/10)[3]
The Sunday Times 4/5 stars[4]

The Complete Peel Sessions 1978–2004 is a 6 CD compilation album released by British avant-rock band The Fall in 2005. It comprises each of the 24 sessions the group recorded for John Peel's radio show. Peel was an avid supporter of the group from early in their career, and The Fall recorded more sessions for Peel's programmes than any other artist. The set was in the process of being compiled when Peel died in October 2004. The set charts almost all of the group's musical phases up until 2004, and was met with some of the most positive reviews of their career. The set prompted Mojo magazine to present Mark E. Smith, the group's sole constant, with their "Catalogue Release of the Year" award (beating releases from The Clash, Jeff Buckley, The Mamas & the Papas, The Kinks and Jack Nitzsche[1]).

Tracklisting and personnel[edit]

As the line-up tends to change from one session to the next, it shall be given after the details for each session rather than at the end of the article. To avoid repetition, after their first mention, each member will be referred to only by their initials, unless returning after an absence. Some tracks appear under different titles to their single/album incarnations. Although most differences are slight, the tracks are listed by the titles they were given at the relevant session.

Disc one[edit]

  • Session 1–30 May 1978 – produced by Tony Wilson
  1. "Futures and Pasts"
  2. "Mother-Sister!"
  3. "Rebellious Jukebox"
  4. "Industrial Estate"

Mark E. Smith – vocals, Martin Bramah – guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals; Yvonne Pawlett – keyboards, Karl Burns – drums, Steve Davis – congas

  • Session 2–27 November 1978 – produced by Bob Sargeant
  1. "Put Away"
  2. "Mess of My"
  3. "No Xmas for John Quays"
  4. "Like to Blow"

MES – vocals, MB – guitar, YP – keyboards, KB – drums, Marc Riley – bass guitar

  • Session 3–16 September 1980 – produced by John Sparrow
  1. "Container Drivers"
  2. "Jawbone and the Air-Rifle"
  3. "New Puritan"
  4. "New Face in Hell"

MES – vocals, keyboards, kazoo, guitar; MR – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals; Craig Scanlon – guitar, Steve Hanley – bass guitar, Paul Hanley – drums.

  • Session 4–24 March 1981 – produced by Dale Griffin
  1. "Middlemass"
  2. "Lie Dream of a Casino Soul"
  3. "Hip Priest"
  4. "C'n'C – Hassle Schmuck"

MES – vocals, MR – keyboards, guitar; CS – guitar, SH – bass, PH – drums, Dave Tucker – clarinet

Disc two[edit]

  • Session 5–26 August 1981 – produced by Dale Griffin
  1. "Deer Park"
  2. "Look, Know"
  3. "Winter"
  4. "Who Makes the Nazis?"

MES – vocals, tapes; MR – guitar, keyboards; CS – guitar, SH – bass, banjo; PH – drums

  • Session 6–21 March 1983 – produced by John Porter
  1. "Smile"
  2. "Garden"
  3. "Hexen Definitive – Strife Knot"
  4. "Eat Y'Self Fitter"

MES – vocals, keyboards; CS – guitar, backing vocals; SH – bass, backing vocals; PH – drums, backing vocals; Karl Burns – drums, bass, backing vocals

  • Session 7–12 December 1983 – produced by Tony Wilson
  1. "Pat Trip Dispenser"
  2. "2 × 4"
  3. "Words of Expectation"
  4. "C.R.E.E.P."

MES – vocals, tapes; CS – guitar, SH – bass, Brix Smith – guitar, vocals; PH – drums, keyboards; KB – drums, bass

Disc three[edit]

  1. "Cruiser's Creek"
  2. "Couldn't Get Ahead"
  3. "Spoilt Victorian Child"
  4. "Gut of the Quantifier"

MES – vocals, BS – guitar, vocals; CS – guitar, SH – bass, KB – drums, Simon Rogers – guitar, keyboards

  • Session 9–29 September 1985 – produced by Dale Griffin
  1. "L.A."
  2. "The Man Whose Head Expanded"
  3. "What You Need"
  4. "Faust Banana"

MES – vocals, BS – guitar, keyboards, vocals; CS – guitar, SH – bass, xylophone; KB – drums, Simon Rogers – guitar, keyboards

  • Session 10–29 June 1986 – produced by Dale Griffin
  1. "Hot Aftershave Bop"
  2. "R.O.D."
  3. "Gross Chapel – GB Grenadiers"
  4. "US 80's-90's"

MES – vocals, BS – guitar, CS – guitar, SH – bass, SR – guitar, keyboards; Simon Wolstencroft – drums

  • Session 11–28 April 1987 – production details unknown
  1. "Athlete Cured"
  2. "Australians in Europe"
  3. "Twister"
  4. "Guest Informant"

MES – vocals, BS – guitar, vocals; CS – guitar, SH – bass, SR – guitar, keyboards; SW – drums

Disc four[edit]

  • Session 12–25 October 1988 – produced by Mike Robinson
  1. "Deadbeat Descendant"
  2. "Cab It Up"
  3. "Squid Lord"
  4. "Kurious Oranj"

MES – vocals, BS – guitar, CS – guitar, SH – bass, SW – drums, Marcia Schofield – keyboards, vocals

  • Session 13–17 December 1989 – produced by Dale Griffin
  1. "Chicago Now"
  2. "Black Monk Theme"
  3. "Hilary"
  4. "Whizz Bang" (this track was not broadcast)

MES – vocals, CS – guitar, SH – bass, SW – drums, MS – keyboards, backing vocals; Martin Bramah – guitar, Kenny Brady – fiddle

  • Session 14–5 March 1991 – produced by Mike Robinson
  1. "The War Against Intelligence"
  2. "Idiot Joy Showland"
  3. "A Lot of Wind"
  4. "The Mixer"

MES – vocals, CS – guitar, SH – bass, SW – drums, Kenny Brady – fiddle

  • Session 15–19 January 1992 – produced by Dale Griffin
  1. "Free Range"
  2. "Kimble"
  3. "Immortality"
  4. "Return"

MES – vocals, tapes; CS – guitar, SH – bass, SW – drums, Dave Bush – keyboards

Disc five[edit]

  • Session 16–28 February 1993
  1. "Ladybird (Green Grass)"
  2. "Strychnine"
  3. "Service"
  4. "Paranoia Man in Cheap Sh*t Room"

MES – vocals, CS – guitar, SH – bass, SW – drums, DB – keyboards

  • Session 17–2 December 1993 – produced by Nick Gomm
  1. "M5"
  2. "Behind The Counter"
  3. "Reckoning"
  4. "Hey! Student"

MES – vocals, CS – guitar, SH – bass, SW – drums, DB – keyboards, Karl Burns – percussion

  • Session 18–20 November 1994 – produced by James Birtwistle
  1. "Glam Racket – Star"
  2. "Jingle Bell Rock", with substantially different lyrics to the original 1957 song
  3. "Hark The Herald Angels Sing"
  4. "Numb at the Lodge"

MES – vocals, CS – guitar, SH – bass, SW – drums, DB – keyboards, KB – drums, Brix Smith – guitar, vocals; Lucy Rimmer – vocals

  • Session 19–7 December 1995 – produced by Nick Gomm
  1. "He Pep!"
  2. "Oleano"
  3. "Chilinist"
  4. "The City Never Sleeps"

MES – vocals, BS – guitar, vocals; SH – bass, SW – drums, Julia Nagle – keyboards, Lucy Rimmer – vocals

  • Session 20–30 June 1996 – produced by Ted de Bono
  1. "D.I.Y. Meat"
  2. "Spinetrak"
  3. "Spencer"
  4. "Beatle Bones 'N' Smokin' Stones" (Captain Beefheart cover)

MES – vocals, BS – guitar, vocals; SH – bass, SW – drums, JN – keyboards, guitar

Disc six[edit]

  • Session 21–3 February 1998 – produced by Mike Robinson
  1. "Calendar"
  2. "Touch Senstive"
  3. "Masquerade"
  4. "Jungle Rock"

MES – vocals, guitar; JN – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals; SH – bass, backing vocals; KB – drums, backing vocals; John Rolleson - backing vocals

  • Session 22–18 October 1998 – produced by Mike Engels
  1. "Bound Soul One"
  2. "Antidotes"
  3. "Shake-Off"
  4. "This Perfect Day"

MES – vocals, JN – guitar, keyboards; Neville Wilding – guitar, Karen Leatham – bass guitar, keyboards; Tom Head – drums, Elspeth Hughes – special effects.

  • Session 23–19 February 2003 – produced by Louise Kattenhorn
  1. "Theme From Sparta F.C."
  2. "Contraflow"
  3. "Groovin' With Mr. Bloe – Green-Eyed Loco Man"
  4. "Mere Pseud Mag. Ed."

MES – vocals, Ben Pritchard – guitar, backing vocals; Jim Watts – bass guitar, backing vocals; Dave Milner – drums, backing vocals; Elena Poulou – keyboards, backing vocals.

  • Session 24–4 August 2004 – produced by Jerry Smith
  1. "Clasp Hands"
  2. "Blindness"
  3. "What About Us?"
  4. "Wrong Place, Right Time"/"I Can Hear the Grass Grow"

MES – vocals, percussion; BP – guitar, backing vocals; EP – keyboards, backing vocals; JW – guitar, bass guitar; Steve Trafford – bass guitar, Spencer Birtwistle – drums, Ed Blaney – guitar, vocals

  • Bonus Track
  1. "Job Search" – recorded during Session 24 but not broadcast. It was pressed onto an acetate (coupled with a similarly exclusive track by Half Man Half Biscuit) and given to John Peel for his 65th Birthday on 31 August 2004. Peel played the track on air that night, making it the final track by the group to debut on his show.

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