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.