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John Peel Sessions Bbc Record

New Order Audio CD
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New Order's first John Peel session from 1981 now sounds like the withered electronic chill of a band in limbo between the gray-tinged gravitas of their forerunners, Joy Division, and the looser, rhythmic dance leanings of their gloriously inventive future. The latter tendencies, though, start to creep into view on the Peel session from the following year, with "5-8-6" pointing the way to the vigorous but characteristically glum techno-pump of Power, Corruption & Lies. Two tracks from the same session--"Too Late" and a cover of Keith Hudson's "Turn the Heater On"--contribute to the post-Joy Division thaw and are unavailable elsewhere. The omission of the group's third, best, and most representative John Peel session (five songs, including versions of Joy Division's "Isolation" and "Atmosphere" and a guest appearance from Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie), which was originally broadcast at the time of the band's 1998 reformation, is a curious oversight. --Kevin Maidment

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another top notch BBC release Aug. 28 2003
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely perfect April 18 2002
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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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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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