BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert Import
NEW ORDER BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert (2000 UK 9-track CD featuring material recorded live at Glastonbury in 1987 including True Faith Every Second Counts & Sister Ray; picture sleeve & back inlay SFRSCD093)
In America, 1987 was a breakthrough year for New Order. Having featured the previous Spring on the soundtrack to John Hughes' Pretty In Pink, they now charted high with both the single "True Faith" and the singles collection Substance. Back in the UK, they were already massive and about to achieve legendary status as godfathers of the fledgling Manchester scene. Having gone Top 10 with their last three albums, they now made a genuinely triumphant appearance at Glastonbury Festival, itself hugely popular once more after years of stagnation. Fully repackaged (BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert was originally released in 1992), this recording of that show sees the band allowing old favourites such as "Temptation" and "The Perfect Kiss" to climb and soar, introducing new winners such as "True Faith" and "Touched By The Hand Of God", and ending with a hilariously shambolic cover of Lou Reed's "Sister Ray". Warm and self-effacing, atmospheric yet melodically direct, technologically up-to-date yet still unashamedly emotional, New Order were here at the peak of both their artistry and cultural relevance. --Dominic Wills
Recorded at the Glastonbury Festival on June 19, 1987, the nine tracks delve early in the dance beats - Touched by the Hand of God, Temptation, True Faith, Your Silent Face - before slowing things down with the metallic-groove and intriguing lyrics of Every Second Counts. The bouncy Bizarre Love Triangle paves the path for a final flurry of raw soundscapes from a trio of numbers; Perfect Kiss, Age of Consent and a cover of the classic Velvet Underground improvisational track, Sister Ray, which has an incredible edginess for a performance in such a large venue.
The seemingly abrupt ending to the final selection sums everything up; the band tugs and tears at the listener's emotions and then - poof - are visually gone, but not from the heart or soul.
The other New Order BBC discs (Peel Sessions and In Session)feature better performances and better sound, but this has a strong and attractive setlist. The recording isn't the best, either--the lead bass guitar is a bit drowned out, and Barney's drunken playing and lyric-spewing are downers. But it's not bad. If you want to hear these songs in a live setting, it's a good deal. There's a different quality in some of these tracks away from the cold, tinnier studio sound. Material from Brotherhood appears alongside Age of Consent, Temptation, and a cover of Sister Ray.
The disc first appeared in 1991, presumably it was remastered or something in the later editions (this one from 2000). I'd recommend the other two New Order BBC albums before this as they sound better and the band is tighter, but still a good disc for fans. However, the set list and the era do sell this one.