- 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)
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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.
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.