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Rock Against Racism Christmas Party 1977

    The classic second line up of The Fall, classic material too. Mark E. Smith (vocals), Martin Bramah (guitar), Tony Friel (bass), Una Baines (keyboards), Karl Burns (drums). Tony Friel’ s last gig before he went off to join Dick Witts in The Passage. The Fall set was recorded on cassette by Chris Hewitt , a copy was given to Bernie Wilcox RAR gig organiser who passed it on to Mark. Mark thought it was such an important gig recording despite not being brilliant quality that he asked Chis could The Fall release it – so it first appeared on CD in 1999. In 2013 Mark E Smith told Chris Hewitt it was now due a release on vinyl and would he sort it out on Ozit. It has taken a bit of time since Mark’s suggestion but here it is.


    Side One

    1 Psycho Mafia
    2 Last Orders
    3 Repetition
    4 Dresden Dolls
    5 Hey Fascist
    6 Frightened
    7 Industrial Estate.

    Side Two

    1 Stepping Out
    2 Bingo Masters Breakout
    3 Oh Brother
    4 Cop It
    5 Futures And Pasts
    6 Louie Louie 

    The Fall

    Mark E Smith’s Personal Holiday Tony Tapes

      A mixture of Live and Studio out-takes that have never been out on vinyl before. Gatefold Sleeve, 180 gm Orange Vinyl. About five or six years ago Mark E Smith and I were going through some old audio recordings of The Fall both studio live and he invented a character called Holiday Tony who he said should be the person who should come round and listen to the tapes with us. He made a phone call to me telling me Holiday Tony lived in Prestwich and went to Blackpool on his holidays once a year with an old brown suitcase with recordings of The Fall inside. I even got a letter off Mark telling me when it was ok for Holiday Tony to go round and see him. Another idea of Mark’s about three years ago was to do a vinyl as a Non Record Store Day release in the weeks before Record Store Day and that every track should just be called The Holiday Tony Tapes. So here is the album. 

      Captain Beefheart

      Live At Knebworth 1975

        Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band returned to England with a new line up on July 5 1975 to appear on the bill with Pink Floyd at Knebworth Festival.

        The players : Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet)- Vocals, Mouth Harp / Winged Eel Fingerling- guitar / Ella Guru Davidson -guitars / Drumbo- guitar / drums / Jimmy Carl Black (introduced as Indian Ink) -drums / Bruce 'fossil' Fowler - trombone.


        1. Moonlight On Vermont
        2. Abba Zabba
        3. Band Introduction
        4. Orange Claw Hammer
        5. Dali's Car
        6. When It Blows It Stacks
        7. My Human Gets Me Blues
        8. Alice In Blunderland
        9. Beatle Bones 'n' Smokin' Stones
        10. Gimme Dat Harp Boy
        11. Electricity
        12. I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby
        13. Sam With The Showing Scalp Flat Top (CD Only)
        14. Improvisation (CD Only)
        15. Big Eyed Beans From Venus (CD Only)

        Various Artists

        The Deeply Vale Box Set

          272 page A4 book + 6 CDs (and a pack of incense).

          Andy Kershaw “I attended the Deeply Vale Festival in 1978 and went on to work with some success in war zones- thank you Chris Hewitt”

          Stuart Maconie “Deeply Vale- the crucible of North Lancashire’s anarchistic counter culture around the mid 70s and beyond”

          Mark E Smith “Deeply Vale was great to play, It was just up the road for us. I don’t like festivals but I loved Deeply Vale”

          Finally after 18 years of research, The Deeply Vale Box will be released. This beautiful book and box set will be limited to 500 copies. The 272 page A4 book is mainly colour and is housed in a box with 6 CDs and a pack of incense. Put on one of the CDs, open the book, light an incense stick to burn and transport yourself back to the mid 70s Deeply Vale Festivals, as well as the Rivington Pike Festivals and the Manchester Rock Against Racism Concerts. Deeply Vale was important as it was the first of the free festivals to open its stage to Punk & New Wave bands and it was also intertwined with the Manchester Rock Against Racism movement. Long before any other festival it crossed the hippy punk divide; its where Planet Gong/Here and Now met The Fall and hippy soundman Grant Showbiz would strike up a 35 year relationship as producer for The Fall. Here and Now would take The Fall, Danny and the Dressmakers (inc future 808 State man Graham Massey), Wilful Damage and Alternative TV on their anarchic tours after Deeply Vale. The Ruts were formed in a tent at Deeply Vale in 1977 after two members of London Funk band Hit and Run saw the The Drones perform a punk set on stage. The 1978 Festival not only included Steve Hillage, Here and Now and Nik Turner but also The Fall, Durutti Column and The Ruts.

          The book features interviews with and/or written contributions from Andy Kershaw, Stuart Maconie, Andy McCluskey of OMD, Martin Coogan and Steve Cowen of the Mock Turtles, Mark E Smith of The Fall, Marc Riley, Spizz Energi, Boff Whalley from Chumbawamba, Graham Massey of 808 State, Vini Reilly, Graham Clark of Gong, Grant Showbiz, Steve Hillage , Jimi Goodwin (Doves),Ian Brown, Andy Rourke, Mark Hodkinson, Mick Middles, Luke Bainbridge and more.

          Bands that have biographies/info pages in the book include Steve Hillage,The Fall,Wilful Damage, Mudanzas ,Murmo Schultz,Aspell, No Change, Danny and The Dressmakers Aqua (Inc Graham Clark of Gong), Leviathan,Nik Turner, Visitor 2035, Whitefire, Durutti Column, Body, Physical Wrecks, Cry Tough, The Ruts, Drive By Night, China St, Fast Cars, Victim, The Trend, Picture Chords,Tony Crabtree, Trigger/Childs Play, John Keegan/ Silver Hill String Band, Here and Now, SFW, Crispy Ambulance, Howard The Duck, Movement Bannned , Alchemist, Trevor Hyett, Misty in Roots, Pete Farrow, Alternative TV, Tractor, Elti Fits, Free Ride, Bashful Alley, Drones, Accident on the East Lancs, Roll up Rock, The Tunes, Victor Brox Blues Train, Rivington Spyke, Frogbox, Vibrant Thigh, Emergency / Foreign Press, Spike, The Out, Tiger Tails, Welcome, Snapper, Salford Jets, Bill Pod and The Stocks, Victor Drago, Not Sensibles, Pegasus, Distractions, Stuffed Badgers & Konstipated Poodles.

          Audio contributions for the 6 CDs include Steve Hillage, Nik Turner’s Sphynx, The Fall (unreleased tracks live at Deeply Vale), Visitor 2035, Danny and The Dressmakers (full sets from the festival) , Aqua, Here and Now, Wilful Damage, The Ruts, SFW, Salford Jets, Victim, Free Ride, Durutti Column, Brenda and The Hot Dicks, Red Eyes, Aspell, Andy T, Blue Midnight feat Grant Showbiz, George Borowski, Tony Crabtree, Accident on The East Lancs, Victor Brox Blues Train, Howard The Duck, Rockslide (forerunner of the Drones) Movement Banned, Elti Fits, The Tunes, Trevor Hyett , Whitefire, Victor Drago, The Trend, Drive by Night, The Out, Fast Cars, Mudanzas, Vibrant Thigh, NotSensibles, Stuffed Badgers, Rivington Spyke, No Change, No Mystery, Murmo Schultz, Bill Pod and The Stocks, Trevor Hyett, Alchemist, The Joint Rolling Contest, & John Keegan.

          Andy McCluskey (OMD) “I performed there with my early band Pegasus in 1977, there was a real all help together hippy vibe which was wonderful”

          Luke Bainbridge “Most of of those who were there seem to have slightly hazy memories of events… but others like myself were inquistive 5 year olds taken to this other wordly place on our doorstep”

          Boff Whalley- Chumbawamba “Deeply Vale was my first exposure to festivals. Deeply Vale was both a summer escape and an eye opener. A great place for growing up”

          Bob Harris – “Deeply Vale definitely has a place in rock history, because here in the late 70s were held the best loved and silliest rock festivals of all time”

          Jimi Goodwin (Doves) “My first festival was Deeply Vale, I was eight years old I was bursting with excitement”

          Graham Massey (808 State) “I am always harking back to Deeply Vale as a blueprint for festivals”


          Disc 1:
          01. Killer Man Giro - Deeply Vale
          02. Luke Bainbridge - Memories Recorded 2005 / The Joint Rolling Contest (Featuring Eddie Klejdys)
          03. Murmo Schulze - Our First Number (live DV)
          04. The Tunes - In The Car (live DV)
          05. Ruts - It Was Cold (live DV)
          06. Blue Midnight - Before (feat Grant Showbiz)
          07. Body – Andromeda (live DV)
          08. The Out – Hearsay
          09. Aqua – Human Zoo (live DV)
          10. FreeRide – Funk – 99
          11. Victim – Why Are Fire Engines Red?
          12. Fast Cars - Images
          13. Tractor - Roll The Dice
          14. The Fall – Bingo Master’s Break Out (live DV)
          15. Stuffed Badgers – Gassing Badgers
          16. Visitor 2035- Toefunk (live DV)
          17. Tony Crabtree - The Banks Of Pontrathrain..

          Disc 2:
          01. Mudanzas – Ebow
          02. George Borowski She Finds Me. Danny & The Dressmakers (incl Graham Massey 808 State) (live DV) Full Set From 24th July 1978
          03. Danny & The Dressmakers - Ernie Bishops Dead Body
          04. Danny & The Dressmakers - What Are We Doing On At A Rock Festival?
          05. Danny & The Dressmakers - How Hot Is A Match?
          06. Danny & The Dressmakers - Johnny Be Really Fucking Good
          07. Here & Now - Strawberry (live DV)
          08. Victor Brox Blues Train – Run You Off The Hill
          09. Accident On The East Lancs –We Want It Legalised
          10. Elti-fits – 30 Miles Per Hour In A Built Up Zone
          11. Piccadilly Radio Interview Part 1
          12. Steve Hillage – Getting Better (live DV)
          13. The David Bacha Band - What You See Is What You Get (Foggy's Beautiful Friday Night Remix)
          14. Pete Farrow - Candy Man
          15. Trevor Hyett - You Just Can't Make It
          16. Victor Brox Blues Train Sister Kate Dave Lunt Bass Lol Coxhill Soprano Joe Silmon Clarinet Dave Hassell Drums
          17. Howard The Duck Too Late To Dance
          18. Victor Drago - Black Leather Play With Fire..

          Disc 3:
          01. Visitor 2035 – Moving In The Direction Of Love (live DV)
          02. Tony Crabtree - Little Wing
          03. Rivington Spike [ Poet] - Untitled (live DV)
          04. No Change - Ruin (live DV)
          05. Here & Now - My Band’s Better Than Your Bong (live DV)
          06. Drive By Night – Time
          07. Nik Turner's Sphinx - The Awakening - Pyramid Spell (live DV)
          08. Drive By Night – Look Out
          09. Grant Showbiz & Blue Midnight – Goodnight
          10. Pete Farrow - Daydreamer
          11. John Keegan - Yearning For The Human Race To Run
          12. The Fall – Brand New Cadillac (live DV)
          13. No Change – Lament (live DV)
          14. Rockslide [forerunner Of The Drones] – Hard On Me (live DV)
          15. Murmo Schulz- The Death Pulse Live At Deeply Vale
          16. Bill Pod & The Stocks Funky Mungbean…

          Disc 4:
          01. Accident On The East Lancs - Wasted
          02. John Keegan - Me & The Green Machine
          03. Piccadilly Radio Interview Part 2
          04. Ruts - SUS (live DV)
          05. Elti-fits - Letterbox (live DV)
          06. Fast Cars - Who Loves Jimmy Anderton (live DV)
          07. Howard The Duck - You Know Me (live DV)
          08. Durutti Column - Boxes (live DV)
          09. Aspell - Damson (live DV)
          10. The Tunes - Untitled (live DV)
          11. Body – Death To Those Who Believe In It (live DV)
          12. SFW -True Life
          13. Here & Now - Hairy Barber (live DV)
          14. Not Sensibles – I Am The Bishop
          15. Tractor - Lost On The Ocean
          16. Vibrant Thigh - Walking Away….

          Disc 5:
          01. Pete Farrow - Underwater Guitarist
          02. Elti-fits - Tony Wilson (live DV)
          03. Trevor Hyett - There's No Such Thing As Too Much Fun
          04. Steve Hillage – U.F.B (live DV)
          05. Dr. Fogg’s Mistik Misfits - Valley Of Dreams (Improvisation)
          06. Ruts - Jah Wars (live DV)
          07. Andy T Bring What You Expect To Find
          08. Nik Turner’s Sphinx –God Rock (live DV)
          09. Deeply Vale 1977 Radio Interview- At A Garden In Cumberland Road Rochdale
          10. Fast Cars - Tameside Girls (live DV).. Wilful Damage - Full Set Deeply Vale 25th July 1978 :
          11. Wilful Damage - Living In A Prison
          12. Wilful Damage - Proton Neutraliser
          13. Wilful Damage - I'm Scared
          14. Wilful Damage - Peace & Life
          15. Wilful Damage - Vandals
          16. Wilful Damage - Encore (Featuring Eddie Kledjys)
          17. Bill Normal On Banjo - My Fathers Woolly (live DV)
          18. The Young Banjo Player- Leaning On A Lampost (live DV)
          19. Movement Banned (Wigwam/ Rev Mike Huck) Bartimaes (live DV)….

          Disc 6
          01. Tractor - Revolution Man
          02. John Keegan - White Sand
          03. Red Eyes - Deeply 96 - San Hose
          04. Brenda And The Hot Dicks – Bored (live DV)
          05. Tony Crabtree - Needle Of Death
          06. Durutti Column – Halitosis (live DV)
          07. No Mystery Feat Victor Brox - Big Boss Man
          08. Whitefire - Jam Improv
          09. Bob Jones - Near Enough For Jazz!!! (live DV)
          10. The Trend –That’s The Way The Cookie Crumbles (live DV)
          11. Salford Jets – Pretty Babe
          12. Salford Jets – Cadillac - Slight Return
          13. Brian Eastwood And Tom Winstanley - Deeply Vale
          14. Aspell – Raspberry (live DV)
          15. Tractor - Bring What You Expect To Find
          16. Durutti Column – I Like It / I Hate It (live DV)
          17. Danny & The Dressmakers - Alfie Wimbush (live DV)
          18. Danny & The Dressmakers - I Hate Julia (live DV)
          19. Danny & The Dressmakers - Ernie Bishops Dead Body (Slight Return) (live DV)
          20. Danny & The Dressmakers – Dynamite (live DV)
          21. Alchemist - Rock Boogie

          The Fall

          Live In San Francisco

          After what seemed like a very long, drunken, tense-with-anticipation waiting period, the moment is upon me. The band takes the stage, and immediately launches into a big-sounding version of The Joke. Mark bounds onto the stage and starts bellowing into the mic with intensity: "The Joke! Five years in a PC camp, the Joke!" "Ahh," I think, "they're not going to totally suck." This latest incarnation of the Fall includes three hard-working lads named Ben, Spencer, and Jim, who know their shit something fierce. This is an incredibly tight band that is gaining momentum at the expense of every amateurish musician ever to mistakenly step onto the stage. Mr. Smith himself was in fine form, prowling around the stage snarling lyrics into the mic and messing around with his bandmates' amps (but not too much - I have to stress that his behavior was fairly clean on this tour). He seemed to be on something besides straight-up "joie de vivre," but that is hardly an aberration. This man and his friends like to do drugs, and have done since the early days of the band in 1977. Whatever, it's rock and roll. What matters is the music, which was strong. The band was a juggernaut with a mad genius at the helm. Picture a massive battleship with wheels rolling over small towns with a mad banshee snarling and hurning invective down at those foolish enough to stand in the way. Mark E. Smith is an incredibly self-assured performer who exudes more charisma standing still than most lead singers do hopping around and climbing on things. The biggest stormer of the evening was "I Am Damo Suzuki," MES' tribute to one of his favorite bands, Can. One of the first lyrics, "and the drums....come in...and the drums they come in FAST" sent shivers down my spine as the drummer started bashing out the catchier-than-strep beat. In general, the set got faster, louder, and generally "more" towards the end. I think it was during the cover "Mr. Pharmacist" that the energy really started picking up. "Two Librans" off of the Unutterable was also pretty powerful--both because the massive guitar chord hook style of these songs suits the new band pretty well. So now for the $64 million question: are the Fall over? Even worse, were they over a long time ago? The answer, to anyone who is still paying attention, is resoundingly no. This band can fill the GAMH with people going nuts. They are a monument, but unlike other monuments, they continue to create. As Smith once barked, "Ours is not to look back, ours is to continue the crap!" Indeed.


          The Joke 
          Cyber Insekt 
          Two Librans 
          And Therein 
          Touch Sensitive 
          Bourgeois Town 
          Kick The Can > F-oldin' Money 
          Mr. Pharmacist 
          Sons Of Temperance
          My Ex-Classmates' Kids 
          Enigrammatic Dream 
          I Wake Up In The City
          Jane - Prof Mick - Ey Bastardo 
          Way Round 
          I Am Damo Suzuki

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