Last Night at The Palais

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Last Night at The Palais
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Live album by the Fall
Released 3 August 2009
Recorded 1 April 2007
Venue Hammersmith Palais, London
Genre Rock
Label Sanctuary
The Fall chronology
Imperial Wax Solvent
(2008)Imperial Wax Solvent2008
Last Night at The Palais
Your Future Our Clutter
(2010)Your Future Our Clutter2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Guardian 4/5 stars[1]

Last Night at The Palais is a live album by English post-punk band the Fall, recorded at the Hammersmith Palais on 1 April 2007 and released in 2009.


The recording has historic interest as this was the last concert to be put on at the Hammersmith Palais before it was closed.[1][2] The band had already been booked to play the venue in support of their 27th studio album Reformation Post TLC in advance of the closure announcement.[3]

In addition to group leader Mark E Smith, the band included his wife, Elena Poulou who sang lead on one track.[1] The remainder of the band was quickly recruited from the West Coast of the US,[4] as the previous line-up had been fired during an earlier tour.[1] Guitarist Pete Greenway had spent time as a roadie and dep with the band before being promoted to full-time member for this release.[3]

This release also includes a DVD which features the show filmed with Multi-cameras and 5.1 sound.[5] The DVD also contains a bonus: the "Reformation" promo clip.[6] The release features photos from the venue on the night of the show by photographer Jeff Higgott on the rear and inlay of the jewel case[6].


The Guardian's Ian Gittins said the line up was "the group's strongest incarnation in years".[1] Record Collector thought the line-up was "the best of recent times", and enjoyed Smith's ad-libs, including a reference to Gary Lineker as the "man from Walkers".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Senior Twilight Stock Replacer" (Smith, Spurr)
  2. "Pacifying Joint" (Smith)
  3. "Fall Sound" (Smith, McCord, Barbato, Presley)
  4. "Over! Over!" (Smith)
  5. "Theme from Sparta F.C." (Smith, Pritchard, Watts)
  6. "Hungry Freaks, Daddy" (Frank Zappa)
  7. "Wrong Place, Right Time" (Smith, Poulou)
  8. "My Door Is Never" (Smith)
  9. "The Wright Stuff" (Smith, Poulou)
  10. "White Lightning" (J.P. Richardson)
  11. "Blindness" (Smith, Birtwistle)
  12. "Reformation!" (Smith, Barbato)




  1. ^ a b c d e f Gittins, Ian (3 April 2007). "The Fall, Hammersmith Palais, London". Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Fall close Hammersmith Palais". New Musical Express. 2 April 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c d Kennedy, Jake. "The Fall – Last Night at the Hammersmith Palais". Record Collector. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Mark E Smith – A renegade's revival". The Independent. 2 April 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  5. ^ The Fall (April 1, 2007). Last Night at The Palais (concert film). Sanctuary Records. Online at YouTube (part 1/6). Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Last Night at the Palais". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 

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