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on 9 March 2002
Section 25 were one of Factory records most underated groups. This, their third album, marked a dramatic change for the group. The spacey, jam like works of the first two albums being replaced by a much more dance orientated,commercial, keyboard led sound, mostly sung by new member Jenny Cassidy. It is probably S25's most immediately accessible album and was their most commercialy successful work. Particular highlights are the single "Looking from a
Hilltop", "The Process" and the extra racks "Beating Heart" and "Dirty Disco II" the latter a hard proto techno remake of the track from their first album. The extra material takes the playing time to over 70 minutes. Another excellent reissue from LTM. If you like this album, the most obvious next choice is probably their swansong "Love and Hate (In the English Countryside)".
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on 1 February 2014
This was and is Section 25 in the early 80s ,there finest hour and the Americans Loved it sadly the UK missed it completely and so nearly did section , i was the roadie for them and until i told them they where number one in the USA dance chart they had no idea and sadly they had no follow up ready and the ship sailed without them getting there just rewards .
Even Geffen records son of the owner could not persuade Larry to Sign ,a contract although everyone else was keen, this spelt the end of Section and within months they had folded with internal strifed i remember them selling all there gear bit by bit so sad,
The later album which has Larry fronting his own version off section was first called Bad news week but due to
Jonathan king (yes that king) kicking of about use of the name as it was a hit for him and he threatened court action unknown to factory and Larry there is no copyright on names of songs or album names so could of been released sadly not.
The last so called factory outing was again Larry in great form with wife Jenny on Love and Hate Sadly her last recording before she passed away in 2004 and followed sadly by Larry in 2010
I am only recalling the 80s as you fans already no Vincent Larry's brother got the band back together in the late 90s and despite the passing of time and members vin has carried on with Steve stringer on guitar and other family members on keyboards and vocals.
Its nice to see the group carry on in the ever evolving section 25 ,if you ever want a publishing deal look me up at the New Factory Communication....go buy this album and the others they are well worth the listen.....
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VINE VOICEon 21 April 2002
Section 25 moved away from their often criticised guitar-drone, miserable sound towards a more contemporary electro-pop style on this 1983 release. Think of a slightly more poppy New Order, circa 'Movement' and 'Power, Corruption and Lies' with some female vocals, and you can't go far wrong.
It's a bit cheap to think of Section 25 as mere New Order copyists, they are so much more. The album sways from pulsating ambient scores, guitar based pop, to rugged electro cuts. The highlight without a doubt being 'From a Hilltop'. There is material here from their older catalogue, though it is updated and it sounds much better. This band were more than just a great band, they were innovators too. Listen to the acidy-squelchy sound of the 12" mix of 'Beating Heart'. Yes, they invented Acid House, to a point!
I wondered for a long time whether or not to take a chance and buy this. I was mainly worried about whether it sounded anything like their previous dull and lifeless work. It didn't.
I would urge you not to wait as long as me to purchase this outstanding album. I'm glad I did buy it. So will you.
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on 29 December 2000
the penultimate album from blackpools contribution to the factory records legend. produced by donald johnson and bernard sumner this album was severely underrated in britain (though not in america where the single 'looking from a hilltop' topped the black dance charts) packed with extra tracks from that era this is an album way ahead of its time
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on 6 June 2014
Fantastic album made even better by the addition of live and demo material. Sad that some of the original members have passed on and cannot be here to see how much this music is loved.
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