Preston 28th February 1980 [VINYL] Limited Edition
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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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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.
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.
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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Sure you have to put up with the dodgy equipment but that's part of the charm. Whilst listening to this album you can really imagine being at the gig yourself and it makes for a... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Mr. K. A. Macdougall
Good to rehear a brilliant band having a s***e night - but still playing brilliantly with improvised ways round problems. Just playing.Published 24 months ago by mark smith
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. Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2010 by casio smith