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the fall

slates (2021 expanded reissue)

superior viaduct

very limited lp - 1 per customer

Released: 26th Nov 2021


A record always deserving of the 12 inch treatment finally gets its long-awaited upgrade, equipped with the original longform rumblings and the added bonus of tracks reaped from peel sessions + an ever-enjoyable outtake.

compiling the six tracks from the original EP release, their March 1981 Peel session and an early '80s studio outtake, this is an excellent expanded reissue, courtesy of superior viaduct. If The Fall truly is a cult band, then Slates both benefits from and reinforces such shrouded obsessions. In presenting these six particular songs as a 10-inch EP, the inherent and attractive difficulty of The Fall's sound is made physical, framing the urgency of their singles from this period (notably How I Wrote 'Elastic Man' and Lie Dream of a Casino Soul) alongside lengthy rumblings normally restricted to long players. The tumbling and phased "Middle Mass" begins on an incredible high note, segueing into the snake-charm hypnotism of "An Older Lover Etc." "Slates, Slags, Etc." is built on stretched VU-inspired riffing, complete with ace feedback bleed that doubtlessly went on long after fade-out. Ultimately, it's the piercing chimes of guitar and marching drum grind of "Prole Art Threat" that elevates Slates beyond oddity. Truly one of Mark E. Smith's finest, busiest and most enigmatic performances, equally matched by a band at the peak of their powers. LP edition compiles the six tracks from the original EP release, their March 1981 Peel session and an early '80s studio outtake. Liner notes by Brian Turner.

slates (2021 expanded reissue)


  1. Middle Mass
  2. An Older Lover Etc
  3. Prole Art Threat
  4. Fit and Working Again
  5. Slates, Slags Etc
  6. Leave the Capitol
  7. Middlemass (Peel Session)
  8. Lie Dream of a Casino Soul (Peel Session)
  9. Hip Priest (Peel Session)
  10. C'N'C - Hassle Schmuck (Peel Session)
  11. Medical Acceptance Gate