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WORDS OF EXPECTATION: BBC SESSIONS

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A loose best-of from their Fontana years (1990 to ’92, or Extricate to Code: Selfish), The War Against Intelligence is rife with classics (“Telephone Thing”, “Free Range”) but ultimately it’s another superfluous addition to The Fall reissue overkill. Unlike the double BBC bonanza Words Of Expectation, though, it’s a slightly rum affair. We’ve their first five Peel sessions from 1978 to ’81, then a jump of 14 years to two more in ’95 and ’96. The concept makes no sense (1984’s rare title track isn’t even here), though the content itself is superb and the 1980 session (“Container Drivers” etc) is simply genius.

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