Mark E Smith has been called a Maverick over the last thirty
plus years he has led the Fall. Many people have tried to
bend Mark E Smith to their will and failed time and time again.
If making music under your own terms and whenever and
with whomever you want then Mark E Smith is a maverick.
Plainly speaking Mark E Smith does what he wants and you
are either with him or against him. If you are against him
then the relationship is usually terminated as many former
members of the Fall can attest. Mark E Smith has a clear
idea of what he wants and an even clearer idea of what he
Ed Blaney was a member of the Fall during late 2000-2001
playing on the album Are You Are Missing Winner released
in late 2001.
In 2008 Smith and Blaney embarked on what seemed like
a spontaneous project recording and releasing a number of
limited edition singles. These singles were then collected
together and released on an album entitled The Fall's Mark E
Smith and Ed Blaney.
Train is the second album recorded by the duo outside of the
Mark E Smith and Ed Blaney's latest collaboration carries the
title The Train part 3 and is described as an Open Street
Recordings of the past present and future.
Recorded in October Nov3ember and December 2008 these
are field recordings that have been edited in the studio. The
recordings were made in Blackpool, Salford, York and shire,
the midnight train from Sophia-Karnobat (Bulgaria) and
finally edited in Blueprint Studios Salford by Gary Hadfield
under the production supervision of both Mark E Smith and
The collaboration will no doubt appeal to the large and
dedicated Fall fan base and also lovers of audio-verite.