In Session Enhanced
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
With the bust ups and bankruptcy hatchets of the "Republic" era conclusively interred, Manchester dance legends New Order kissed, made-up and reconvened in 1998 for some exultant festival headline slots and their first John Peel radio session since 1982. In Session kicks off with the five cuts reworked for Peel in November 1998 (the last recordings to feature keyboard player / button pusher Gillian Gilbert as a fully operational band member) and is essential listening for the house makeover of "True Faith" and the chiming dance ebullience of "Isolation", the latter several rave pills removed from the stark oppression of the classic Joy Division original.
The second session--four cuts recorded for Steve Lamacq's Evening Session in October 2001--corresponds with the release of the much-garlanded comeback album Get Ready and features an intriguing arrangement of "Close Range" that defers more to the original demo version than the final album cut. Elsewhere, the red-herring, slacker shuffle of "Rock the Shack" (featuring a barely audible Bobby Gillespie, apparently) is a source of irritation amongst New Orderites who prefer metronomic electronic punctiliousness to Bacchanalian horseplay (not that the same people ever complained about "Sister Ray") but the fragile neo-classical grandeur of "Your Silent Face" is on firmer ground. The live-in-basement video of "Transmission" (commissioned as a gift for John Peel to celebrate his 40 years at Radio 1) finds the old mopes of yore to be chubbier and more comfortably at ease with their own legend than ever before. --Kevin Maidment
Ah the interweb is a glorious thing. It is a big giant coffee shop for all people to meet and chat about the things they like most whether it be guns, flowers or music. Last year fans of New Order started an online petition to have the BBC sessions recorded during the years of 1998 and 2001 released. Now -lo and behold! -look at what Strange Fruit are bringing out.
New Order are seen as a band of their own genre. There is a sense of belligerence about them, a sense of imbalance which seems to make them stand all the more strong and definite. Having succeeded the shadow of the mammoth ''Blue Monday'' 12" twirly and the too often under-celebrated Joy Division the whole history of the band could be personified as members of a family: Joy Division as the angry delicate uncle and New Order as the cool cousin setting the trend of a generation. That being the case then In Session is a home movie of the cousin having entered adulthood.
The disc opens capturing a session recorded for John Peel in 1998. ''True Faith'' throws down the gauntlet in many ways for New Order. A classic pop song which would be at home in a rock venue or club. ''Isolation'' blasts along with industrial severity and ''Touched'' crosses the genres again but with oriental twinges (they were never a band to be categororised neatly). ''Atmosphere'' slows the pace down though not the intensity and ''Paradise'' finishes off the first session with Peter Hook nailing some serious bass lines that only he could get away with.
''Slow Jam'' kicks off the second half. This is taken from a Steve Lamacq session recorded in 1991. The band is now three years older but the attitude is still there. ''Your Silent Face'' has a beautiful relevence about it. A timeless classic which can surpass the connotations of the sounds that make it. ''Close Range'' brings the tempo back up to rocking form which is followed by an all out ''Rock The Shack'' with none other than Mr. Bobby Gillespie on backing vocals. Bernard Sumner is really on form here with his rocking riffs which complete the audio section In Session.
Next up is the home movie I must have been referring to earlier. In 2002 a special party was thrown for John Peel having been 40 years at the BBC. A filmed performance of ''Transmission'' was beamed in as a special treat for the man who launched a thousand careers, Joy Division / New Order included. The bonus item on this release is a movie of that broadcast which is now made public for the first time. 'If you hadn't've played our record all those years ago we wouldn't be here today,' Sumner states meekly, and he's correct. In fact I am sure that, had it not been for John Peel, many bands would never have formed (Joy Division / New Order possibly included).
It is great to see the metronomic power of Stephen Morris on the kit and one thing I never knew about Hooky is how he gets his sound by strumming octaves on that low slung bass of his. It's not just a chorus pedal you know? New Order were doing it! Dance music with guitars. They crossed the fields by wrecking the hedges. They refused point blank to be one or another and, coming from dark electronic pop tunes to bright electric perfect poptunes, they looked like they were on a mission to defy everyone. This is apparent all over the recordings that make up In Session. Maybe for the more avid fan but nonetheless a great thing to have. --Cormac Heron
Find more music at the BBC This link will take you off Amazon in a new window
Top Customer Reviews
1. True Faith is by far the best track on this album and this version is based on the House-influenced Perfecto mix previously available on the True Faith-94 single. The band adapts Perfecto's version seamlessly into their arrangements and the combined sound brings a 1987 classic into the 21st century. Danceable and guitar orientated at same time with Peter Hook's weaving bass lines guiding the way this is trademark New Order at their best.
2. Isolation is a track originally featured on Joy Division's second and final album "Closer". With Bernard Sumner delivering an almost perfect vocal, and a vastly updated electronic backing including a drum'n'bass influence; this is further proof of New Order's versatility as musicians.
3. Touched, is a similar True Faith-esque update of the bands 1987 single "Touched by the Hand of God". There's a wonderful use of electronics on this track, including vinyl scratches and great drumming from Steve Morris to boot.
4. Atmosphere, another Joy Division track, is also handled very well.Read more ›
The quality of the recording is excellant and they all play in tune (NewOrder have been rubbish live in the past) and the instrument mix is great. The bass is distinct, the drums have that raw; live edge and the singingisn't flat.
Finally the version of Tranmission is part of the 'enhanced CD' which is a'video' that requires to be played through your PC.
Kicking off with the 'live' recordings from 1998's reunion we are treatedto newer takes of old favourites. The recorded sound is good but Barney'svocals need turning up. It is the new arrangemnets that are of interest aswe get a more cohearant rendition of songs availiable on the live atReading DVD but without the full live experience quirks of the band -namely not playing in time or tune!
The second half is more recent material from 'Get Ready' and actuallydoesnt hold up as well. Its more rock oriented nature give the listener aless than crisp sound and the arrangement of 'Close Range' is ashambles.
The best parts are the 3 Joy Division songs that get an airing, the lastone being in the form of a live video. The songs sound fresh and areplayed with the sort of passion you would expect from a band redescoveringtheir roots, the spiky Transmission video shot for John Peel's 40 years onthe radio party sounding great. Its video however...
This video is what really lets the album down. Granted it came from awebcam but some form of post production to sync images to sound would havebeen nice. My guess is that it is a homage to the Love Will Tear Us Apartvideo which also sufferes from a similar lack of post production.
Overall its a welcome edition from a band that really know how to re-flogtheir back catalogue but when the songs are this strong it really doesn'tmatter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Better than the '87 show previously released as BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert, the sound quality and performances here are very good. Excellent song selection, the only gripe being that it's too short. A real gem in a live version of Your Silent Face, with its Kraftwerk keyboards, sounding as good as the album version 20 years later. Slow Jam and the rest of the Get Ready tracks sound great outside the studio.
Overall, another strong BBC/Peel disc. Highly recommended for NO fans.