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Preston 28th February 1980 [VINYL] Limited Edition

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  • Vinyl (23 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00MQVSFY4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 717,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Incubation
  2. Wilderness
  3. Twenty Four Hours
  4. The Eternal
  5. Heart and Soul

Disc: 2

  1. Shadowplay
  2. Transmission
  3. Disorder
  4. Warsaw
  5. Colony
  6. Interzone
  7. She's Lost Control

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Product Description

150 Gram Opaque Lavender Colored Vinyl limited to 1500, foil-numbered. Preston 28 February 1980 was recorded live at The Warehouse in Preston, England. The set was wrought with system failures: amps failed, instruments went in and out of key, at one point Ian Curtis exclaimed, ''I think everything is falling apart!'' Somehow, despite all of this, the band carried out an extraordinary performance. The roughness of the bass and the waning amps only add to the intensity and gloom, creating a performance that is just as haunting as it is unforgettable. Drastic Plastic Records is honoured to have worked closely with Joy Division's management in order to present this seminal live recording in this beautiful, superbly mastered vinyl pressing, the only vinyl release currently available of this title to be officially sanctioned.

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By A Customer on 19 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
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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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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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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Format: Audio CD
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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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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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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