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Boomkat Product Review:
This double disc reissue of The Fall's Shift-Work features the original album re-mastered plus an entire disc's worth of bonus material, including singles, B-sides, Peel Sessions and other assorted rarities from the same period as the album's release. Shift-Work was released in 1991, approximately halfway into the band's career to date. Manchester's music scene was quite the hub of activity back when Shift-Work was being recorded, and the band certainly rose to the climate, producing what's often considered a turning point in their catalogue where the band embraced more openly pop-friendly songwriting (upon its release the album became their highest charting up to that point). Highlights come from the hyper-melodic, anomalously positive 'Edinburgh Man', Kraftwerk-influenced 'The Mixer' and the new wave chug of 'Book Of Lies', featuring a gloriously wayward vocal by Mark E. Smith. The second disc is worth the purchase alone though, with a stunning line-up of tracks including versions of 'The War Against Intelligence', 'Idiot Joy Showland', 'A Lot Of Wind' and 'The Mixer' all recorded for the John Peel Show. Ace.