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Preston Warehouse 28 February 1980
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2001
I loved this CD! Contrary to the thoughts of many others, I feel the equipment breakdown really defines this release. Lie back and listen to this CD at night, lights out and headphones in, and the experience becomes etheral. Hearing Ian cry out "Everything's falling apart" had a dramatic effect on me, implying more than he had thought at the time. The rest following that is interesting, hearing the group trying to get back on their feet, and, as the others said, the woman making that announcement about the coach. After the bass amp is fixed, the rest of the show is engaging and filled with passion. It seems that since they were unable to play those few songs properly that they doubled the intensity of the rest of the set, especially in "Interzone" - Peter Hook's(?) vocals sound so malevolent and the music drives into an absolute frenzy. (Note: There are definitely two vocalists on this song, I do actually know who the singer for this band is) This is definitely a 5 star release from the greatest band ever to have existed. I apoligise for my poor grammar, but I am unable to express how great this release really is. A definite for fans of the band, as it shows a more raw side to the group that isn't experienced on their produced material.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2001
This album shows the band in a full struggle (with their dodgy equipment which packs up at various moments) which they eventually win through sheer determination. The first two are Ok, then "everything falls apart" (as Curtis declares) after Twenty Four Hours, and slowly deteriorates until the end of Heart & Soul, where there is a brilliant little quote announcing the "bus for Burnley".
However, Joy Division win through, and the songs afterwards abuse the equipment instead of the other way around, played with teeth clenched. Curtis, on Interzone especially, sounds like a demon, possessed by some evil force. The album comes to a peak with the outstanding She's Lost Control, which will take your head off.
Standout tracks - The Eternal, Colony and She's Lost Control. If you ever want to form a band, you must hear this extraordinary recording. It made me want to pick up the guitar and play with them. You will want to as well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2004
There is a moment - well, a whole track - on this album, where what Joy Division are doing seems to go beyond the bounds of what rock music is normally capable of.
The rendition of The Eternal here is - for me - absolutely gripping, absolutely moving, absolutely astonishing in its emotional power. Anyone wanting to know the story behind the lyrics, which can easily be looked up online, should check out Jon Savage's essay for the Heart and Soul box set.
As it originally appears on Closer, The Eternal is one of the highlights of an astounding second album, but here it acquires a quite different thrust and resonance that completely sets it apart from the rest of the live set.
The only comparison I can sensibly make is with the contrasting versions of A Means to an End that appear on Closer and the Les Bains Douches live album. In that instance, though, the live version absolutely trounces the studio equivalent. Not a claim I would make for The Eternal, as on its own terms there is nothing wrong with the studio version.
But perhaps the most remarkable thing to note is that the track isn't even complete - as the sound breaks down halfway through the lyrics. However, the extended intro still means the track length comes out at more than six minutes.
As for the rest of the album, some of the versions here are well worth having for the JD completist, though it must be said that Les Bains Douches is a much stronger live album as a whole, with a remarkable sound quality.
In which respect, the best recommendation I can make is to buy the pair together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2010
if joy division had gone on to make a dozen high quality live albums this cd would be unsellable to all but the most fanatical half dozen jd fans. As it is there is only the paris and the few paradiso tracks which reach that standard, so the scramble is on for next best, you can find the odd track here and there on the live bits of the remasters a few on youtube, and then there is this......
Now the actual quality of the sound RECORDER is actually pretty good for the time mixing desk, the problem here is the sound coming out of the speakers where it all goes wrong, and yet the appeal here is the disintegration of the music and a desperate attempt to recover towards the end of the set.
it starts with decent sound (although curtis guitar is too loud) on incubation, as far as i know this is the only live recording of incubation. wilderness is also ok. Then the sound disintegration starts on 24 hours, and then more downhill on the eternal, ians voice is out of tune ? or the synth is, to a non joy division fan this would sound like some 4th rate joy division cover band on their worst ever night, and yet by sheer luck a lot of it sounds surrreal quite beatifull in an accidental way the echoes get longer as you go through the song and total technical breakdown seem imminent.This seems to happen during heart and soul as ians echoes get longer and an overall incoherent point of collapse sound continues.
From shadowplay onwards the band sem to try harder from sheer frustration (and the higher tempo songs dont seem quite as bad)the sound is still pretty terrible throughout perhaps with a very slow slight improvement towards merely bad, colony and interzone the band heroically battle on and by the last track they seem to be on the point of exhaustion/ giving up/ quiiting the music business, still they stagger over the finish line and the crowd sems to like it anyway. So there it is its either an heroic battle against crap equipment with some happy accidental surrealism on the slower numbers or an absolute disaster of a gig, one thing for sure there will never be another performance by joy division.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 1999
During almost 15 years, i ask myself, is it all that we have from live recordings of Joy Division? The question was of course about "Still". Finally in the 90's, some bootlegs that we heard about in the the early 80's, start to appear. It was the case of Live in Paradise, Amsterdam, finally on CD a few year's ago. Now we have the BoxSet "Heart & Soul", and this "Live in Preston", whose quality of recording and performance, surpasses the rough live sounds of Still. The short existence of Joy Division, the density of emotions that their sounds carry, the overwhelming weight of their music, makes an absolute necessity, the disponibility of their sound in is various forms (live & studio). Excessive cult? Maybe, but better this one than others.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2006
As a massive Joy Division I become very sceptical every time I'm faced with a 'new' JD CD: for God's Sake its been at least 16 years since Ian Curtis ended JD and there are a lot of CDs I don't need (I've already got Heart and Soul).

this one is the exception to my rule.

From the word go, via "if anyone's from burnley the coach is going in 5 minutes" through to 'she's lost controlllllll......" most of these gems from heaven (or manchester) are even better than every studio version available (the only exceptions being Incubation and Heart and Soul but only due to 'technical difficulties' though they still sound fantastic)

If you love JD you NEED this album (as well as Heart and Soul) (I await Les Douches Bains with great anticipation); if you don't love JD you need your head examining.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2000
Live albums usually capture the bands at their peak, with a performance to blow people away. This is no different, except for the fact that their equipment packs up halfway through, and you can hear mumblings from the band and from the sidelines. The thing to listen out for is 'THE BUS FOR BURY LEAVES IN 5 MINUTES'. If you can imagine someone saying that in a broad Lancashire accent then you get close to the mark. The one song that captures all the frustrations of that night is 'Shadowplay' which sounds breathtaking.
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on 31 March 2015
Having re-visited some live shows of theirs lately I can now say that this one is not exactly up to par with Les Bains Douche - disregarding that the latter vinyl also include songs from other shows (which are also very good). If you only need one live disc, you do have the remastered cds, one might hope, but this is well worth the money, too.
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on 6 August 2014
Good to rehear a brilliant band having a s***e night - but still playing brilliantly with improvised ways round problems. Just playing.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2015
The lp is ok the sound quality of the gig is crap though
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