This new release does the logical thing of combining New Order's two "Peel Session" CD-singles into one 37-minute disc, making it an easy purchase for people who want to own the whole song material emerging from these radio broadcasts. Besides, the packaging is a lot more attractive and beautiful than the outdated grey/brown cover 'artwork' of the original CD editions. However, the first JP Session in very early 1981 must have been a somewhat frightening experience for the band - they've never been fans of live performances and had lost their former lead singer Ian Curtis just half a year before. So, instead of coming up with completely new material, they used the first JP session to play four songs which would soon appear on the "Movement" album. By the way, the production was done by Factory label boss Tony Wilson. The early take of "Truth" is quite an improvement upon the rather slick album version; it sees the quartet creating a powerful, disturbing goth-rock track with highly dramatic synth atmospherics by Gillian, low-diving bass playing, and deeply depressed vocals by Bernard, who sings verses like, "some people look down on me/I hope they like what they see". "Senses" and "I.C.B.", two more experimental tracks, are somewhat friendlier but ultimately fail to have something compelling. There are quite a lot of sound effects and studio techniques screwed around these pieces, and apart from Bernard's vocals being more discernible, they're not much different to the album versions. "Dreams never end", undeniably the most accessible song here, seems a bit amateurish due to Hooky's high-pitched, boyish vocals, but it's simply one of my favorite New Order songs. The tracks from the second JP Session, recorded in 1982, are overall more interesting, containing two songs ("We all stand", "586") which would later appear on the "Power, corruption & lies" album and two songs which are still unavailable elsewhere. I'm still trying to logically fit "Turn the heater on", a composition by Jamaican reggae star Keith Hudson, with the rest of New Order's oeuvre. It's a well-structured piece, with a deep, reggae-tinged bass line and sharp guitar splinters working against soaring synths in the background; it provides quite a counterpoint to other New Order songs released at that time. "We all stand" receives a more laid-back treatment with solid piano breaks and an almost jazzy feel. "Too late" is a distant, introverted piece with various metallic synth textures which evoke a somewhat industrial atmosphere, following New Order's material from the "1981-1982 Factus 8" EP. The last song from this session, "586", finds the band grappling with the sequencer/synthesizer technology that would propel them throughout the rest of the decade. This piece is quite heavy on the sequencer and sounds different from all other versions on the "Power.." album and on the "Video 5-8-6" single, yet I found the take on "Peel Session" a little inferior to all other versions. Realistically, many Peel Sessions lack a sense of cohesion and experimentation and don't stand up to a band's regular studio albums. In New Order's case, there's certainly nothing here which can compare with "Blue Monday" or their other smash hits, but the material is quite interesting for what it points towards, preparing the band for greater heights. Overall, I'd say that this album is well worth purchasing if you're a real fan of New Order.