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  • Audio CD (July 22 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Imports
  • ASIN: B00004Z1BX
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #264,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Yet another gem in the John Peel arsenal of recordings. I would rank this very close with Joy Division's complete BBC sessions disc as far as sound quality and replay value.
The recording quality is excellent. The Peel sessions were something between the studio and a live show. Tracks were recorded in Peel's studios for broadcast later, giving them tape quality with live performance dynamics. This is the strength of these discs.
From the first few seconds of the cold, electronic thumping of Truth, the somber, blue cover art begins to make even more sense. I'm too young to remember this early incarnation of New Order, but today it appears like they were doing a pretty admirable job of regrouping after Ian Curtis' death spelled the end of Joy Division. On this release they're respectfully closing the door on that band with solemn vocals and cool musical trappings while dipping into the electronic beats and energy of what would characterize New Order's sound in the 80s.
The disc clocks in at under 40 minutes, and it's a real treat from end to end. Some of the songs are from the first New Order album proper, Movement. For Dreams Never End, the cooly catchy single, Peter Hook does the vocal duties. A couple of tracks are very rare, including a version of Turn the Heater On, a reggae tune(!) that the band manage to completely pull off. The version of 586 here is excellent as well, way different than the Power, Corruption, Lies version and the separate Video 586 disc.
This is also an excellent counterpoint to the other New Order BBC disc available that features excerpts from the 1987 tour which was plagued by technical difficulties and a drunken Bernie Sumner fudging the vocals. This Peel Sessions release has all of the quiet determination of young band and is highly recommended for new and old fans.
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These are classics, and to me this is an early best of. The liners say the group were in search of their new sound/direction, but for me, they had already acheived evolution. TURN THE HEATER ON is worth it alone. Just BRILLIANT, and not on anything else that I've seen by them. TOO LATE is another great track never on any other release. WE ALL STAND and 5-8-6 are drastically different versions than on PCL, and I think far better bcs there's an intimacy in the immediacy of recording live in the studio that reveals them thinking about the music they were opening themselves up to. I only wish there were more and more and more from them btwn 1981-1987, but then, there may very well be if they'd actually put together an extensive boxed set of nothing but that period!!! for now, just get this disc--you're collection is sad w/o it.
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By beatrice on April 18 2002
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to all New Order studio albums and every beat has been already familiar to me for a long time. When my fiance presented me this CD, I fell in love with it.
It contains familiar tunes, but how fresh they sound! Really, they do. The first four songs are taken from the first Peel session for New Order - Jan. 26 1981 and it's exciting to listen to Peter Hook (not Bernard!) singing "Dreams Never End"; the arrangement of "Senses" is different from the Movement one.
But what for me had been forbidden are the two songs: "Turn The Heater On" and "Too Late" from the second Peel session and that's what makes this CD much more specaial. "Turn The Heater On" is a relaxing reggae tune, I can't stop listening to it, it completely differs from everything New Order have done (and it's not written by New Order, by the way). "We All Stand" is better here then on "PLC". "5-8-6" is also absolutely different from the other versions of the song (on "PLC" and the single "5.8.6. Video").
This album just keeps refreshing my perception of some of New Order songs.
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NEW ORDER'S BEST when they were truly NEW->from 1981 to 1982! July 9 2003
By St. Jerome - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Classic! For me, this is an early best of. The liners say the group were in search of their new sound/direction, but they'd clearly found it and then went just a touch too far and had to back-track in search of this lost-sound, which you can hear on their best effort Low-Life. Their cover of "TURN THE HEATER ON" is worth it alone because it represents the road not taken. That track has just a crazy uncategorizable vibe that is New Order with a hint of dub and the influence of their pals Section 25. If not for transition period S25 there'd be an entirely crazy huge void left in the fact that they never wrote or recorded more in this sadly under-explored vein. Taking that with "TOO LATE" you have two exclusive tracks that would alone make this a must-have for N.O. completists, except that we also get "WE ALL STAND" and "5-8-6" here in *drastically* different versions than on PCL to the degree that these 4 tracks are vital to the serious NewOrder enthusiast. In total, there's an intimacy to recording live in the studio, especially for the wildly influential John Peel sessions that reveals them really exploring and discovering in earnest the directions they were seeking. I seriously HOPE that they find more demos like this in their vaults and release them soon if only to inspire more young groups to take up these abandoned spaces of designer music-making. If it were allowed, I'd give my contact info if there are any takers who'd like to try it with me, that's how sincerely I believe in the best of their '81-'82 sound.
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Back To Basics Jan. 18 2001
By Steven Alexander - Published on
Format: Audio CD
To be honest, I'm not sure what it is about this compilation. Although I'm a big New Order fan I, for the most part, appreciate their later work more than their earlier releases. But even at first listen this album just intrigues me and I can't stop listening to it. It finds its way to my CD player at least once a day since I've bought it. While I've always loved the song "Dreams Never End", the first three JP tracks caused me to delve deeper into their first album "Movement" and have given me a new sense of appreciation for it. Their cover of the reggae song "Turn the Heater On" is intriguing, if not somewhat catchy. And although I've never liked the song that much, their rendition of "We All Stand" on here is actually a bit more upbeat than the version on "Power Corruption and Lies" and I like it better. The next track, "Too Late" is probably the only track here that I'm not too fond of. Still, seeing as how its not available on any other release, it is a rarity and may be a hidden gem for many hardcore New Order fans.
Now the last track has to be the greatest. The version of 586 on these sessions is quite different from the more poppy anthem it later became. While vocally inferior to the album version, the heavy synths and other instrumental components are amazing and to me this track has by far the best replay value! Personally I like both 586 versions better than "Blue Monday". Its worth the admission price all by itself, but all the tracks, including this one, make an odd, yet somehow beautiful blend of sounds that is undeniably irristable if you're really looking for something different than the stuff on the radio today.
It may not be a necessity, but I certainly recommend it for any well-versed New Order fan. Whether out of curiosity or a longing to go back to the old New Order and Joy Division days, this album should provide more than its money's worth of entertainment.
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The Missing Link between Joy Division & New Order Jan. 9 2001
By Dan Nino Cenido - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Peel Session CDs are the hidden gems in the music industry. Hats off to John Peel for coming up with this brillant and innovative venue in showcasing new music talents. This "rough" Peel Session collection showcases one of the very first live performances of New Order, fresh from their Joy Division transformation. Though, their style and sound is much closer to Joy Division, than their current electric alternative sound, shows the evolution of the band breaking through the gloom and doom atmosphere and into the light. A definite must have for Joy Division and New Order fans, and for followers of the Manchester music scene.
Excellent, unique takes on some early New Order tracks June 4 2010
By H. Jin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This CD contains both of the sessions New Order performed for John Peel in the early 1980's. Although apparently becoming a bit hard to find, this is a valuable collection of some of the band's earlier songs, when they were still finding their way and establishing their own identity.

The first session is from early 1981, and contains tracks that would eventually appear on 'Movement' ('Truth', 'Senses', 'ICB', 'Dreams Never End'). All the cuts are excellent, and in my opinion are superior to the claustrophobic album versions. Martin Hannett really made a hash of 'Movement' with that flat, suffocating production, whereas here the songs feel more organic and direct. In particular, 'Senses' was a song I never really liked, but sounds fantastic here, while 'ICB' is clearly better off without all those annoying bleeps and squeaks.

The second session is from 1982, when the band were beginning to move away from their Joy Division roots, and toward the electronic style the characterised their mid 80's work. The clear highlights here include a haunting reggae/goth cover of 'Turn The Heater On', and a skeletal bass-heavy version of '5-8-6', which again is better than the version on 'PCL'. Rounding out the session is a fair enough take on `We All Stand', plus a bonus for dedicated fans in the song `Too Late', which was never released or performed elsewhere.

As I've said in other reviews, the sheer number of compilation albums New Order have released can make you cynical about buying yet another one, but this is an excellent collection that provides interesting and unique takes on several early songs. Not essential, but worthwhile if you can get your hands on it.
Lucifer, son of the morning Jan. 8 2008
By Mr. A. Pomeroy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a compilation of two of the band's three sessions for John Peel's radio show. The format was that the band would go into the studio and record whatever took their fancy, and then John Peel would intersperse the tracks with records by Rankin' Toyan and The Chefs. There was no requirement for the bands to play live, and as far as I know New Order's sessions here are not live performances.

The first session has a clutch of songs from Movement, which was the band's first album. On the album those songs have a sludgy sound and seem to drone on and on, but in session they're good fun. The production is cleaner than on the album, and the drum machines are a bit more prominent. Dreams Never End is very similar to the classic bass-lead New Order pop sound of the 1980s, although with a quirk whereby Peter Hook sings the lead vocals. I am thankful that Peter Hook decided to stay on the bass. Taken as a whole, the arrangements, performances, general sound are better than on the album, and I wish they could have simply re-recorded the entire album.

The second session is very dull. The band was moving towards a synth and drum machine dance style, but they were still experimenting. In general the arrangements are simple and monotonous. 586 has a great electronic bassline but after a few minutes it gets boring to listen to. Turn the Heater On is dub reggae; not really my thing, although the group seems to make a good fist of it. I am thankful than New Order did not become a dub band. Overall, the second session feels like an inversion of the first, in that it is less interesting than the album that ensued.

In summary this is a frustrating record. The first session is essential if you're a fan of the band, and it's a good listen even if you aren't. But the second session is really only of historical value, as a prototype of the band's sound on Power, Corruption and Lies.

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