Certainly itâ€™s not news that there are new live CDs out from THE FALL, even when theyâ€™re from the hallowed 1979-1983 period. I certainly canâ€™t keep up with the flood of releases, but Iâ€™ve been buying some of the live discs from this era, along with the â€œrepackagedâ€ versions of old LPs, complete with alternate versions, demos, live tracks and the like. Remember when the only live FALL stuff you could get from the glory years were the â€œTotaleâ€™s Turnsâ€, â€œA Part Of America Thereinâ€ and â€œIn A Holeâ€ LPs? Man, I paid a pretty penny for those last two as well, but then again, THE FALL are one of those half-dozen key bands in my musical development. Once I locked in with them, they earned their place in my head as the single greatest & most influential British act of the last thirty years.
So here are two previously-unknown-to-me live tracks that made their way onto the 2xCD reissue of â€œHEX ENDUCTION HOURâ€, which as Iâ€™ve stated before, is the finest of all FALL records. Donâ€™t believe me? Just listen to it. â€œSession Musicianâ€ and â€œJazzed Up Punk Shitâ€ are certainly not of the caliber of anything on the original LP, but as stand-alone extras â€“ and as songs that never got waxed into studio versions â€“ theyâ€™re great, and are â€œmust-havesâ€, as they say.