Why is it that whenever Sir Marcus Smithster drags whichever version of The Fall he's currently lording over into a studio to record a radio session the result is always magical and often the tracks which are laid down are better than the album versions. The fact is that over twenty four Peel Sessions and however many sessions they've done for other programs and stations I can't recall ever thinking "...well that wasn't as good as the album version". My theory is that most Fall tracks are quite simple and Mark E Smith's delivery is very much "of the moment" and this is why when they have to do something in a short space of time it perfectly captures the energy of the band instead of sitting in a studio thinking about it. I'm not saying the albums aren't any good, some of the finest moments in the history of recorded sound occur on Fall albums I just think they are a different, more unpredictable beast when given the opportunity to experiment.
The final set of sessions will be up here at some point next week.....
Saturday Live Session 29th August 1984
1. Copped It
3. Fortress/Marques Cha Cha
Janice Long Session 19th May 1987
5. Get A Hotel
6. There's A Ghost In My House
7. Haf Found Bormann
Piccadilly Radio Session 25th Febraury 1988
8. In These Times
9. Carry Bag Man
10. Cab It Up
10. Cab It Up
11. Oswald Defance Lawyer