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John Peel Sessions Import


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  • Audio CD (November 13, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Strange Fruit UK
  • ASIN: B00004Z1BX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Truth
2. Senses
3. I.C.B.
4. Dreams Never End
5. Turn The Heater On
6. We All Stand
7. Too Late
8. 5-8-6

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New Order The John Peel Sessions UK CD album

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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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Overall, I'd say that this album is well worth purchasing if you're a real fan of New Order.
loteq
Hats off to John Peel for coming up with this brillant and innovative venue in showcasing new music talents.
Duane Cenido
A couple of tracks are very rare, including a version of Turn the Heater On, a reggae tune(!)
N. P. Stathoulopoulos

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Alexander on January 18, 2001
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By St. Jerome on July 9, 2003
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. P. Stathoulopoulos on August 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
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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