A Part Of America Therein, 1981 is a live album by The Fall, recorded on their US tour in 1981 and originally released only in the US in 1982.
The group were without Paul Hanley as, at 17, he was too young to be granted a visa to perform in the US. As a result, vocalist Mark E. Smith invited previous drummer Karl Burns to fill the vacancy, initially on a temporary basis - Burns had previously left the band early in 1979. The album shows the group performing several songs that had not yet been released; 3 songs from 1982's Hex Enduction Hour are present as is "Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul" recorded as a single following the tour's completion. Upon their return to the UK, Smith invited Burns to remain in the group whilst also retaining Paul Hanley; although both occasionally played other instruments, The Fall appeared with both Burns and Hanley on drums for the next 3 years.
The album was given its first UK release in 1992, a "2 for 1" CD on the Dojo label alongside six track mini album Slates. This coupling was reissued in 1998 on Essential with amended artwork. It was finally released as a standalone CD album in late 2004 adding 4 additional recordings from the same tour: "Middle Mass", "The Container Drivers" (both Boston), "Session Musician" (New Orleans) and "Your Heart Out" (California).