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Amsterdam 1980 [The Definitive Edition, 1CD]
Live at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; January 11, 1980. Excellent soundboard; sourced from the original (Pre-FM) mastertape reel.
This Definitive Edition of the well-known show has just surfaced and it’s a big thank you to surfling for sharing it at The Traders’ Den.
These are surfling’s notes:
Not often does it happen that a “holy grail version” of a tape that you’ve been listening to forever gets laid down right in front of you, from out of nowhere. Incredibly, that happened a few weeks ago in a small private forum.
A very kind soul, himself a Joy Division fan from almost day one, uploaded without much ado a tape he’s had for years but (in his own words) ‘never could find the right moment to let it go’ - a transfer from the original pre-FM master reels of the legendary, much bootlegged performance of Joy Division at the Paradiso in Amsterdam on January 11, 1980 - arguably their best recorded live performance (at least to my ears), but definitely in the Top 5 and with absolute certainty the best sounding one.
Well, now it sounds even better!
And it’s not called “The Definitive Edition” for nothing - the first version of this show that I had was the “Last Order” bootleg which sounded very very good and got me hooked to this show instantly. Over the years and with a few partial re-broadcasts more and more versions showed up, including a so-called “official release” on the “Re-Fractured” box set that ridiculously included gaps between all the tracks and didn’t sound any better than most other versions floating around. This is, to my knowledge, the very first time the full show has been transferred from the actual pre-FM master reels properly.
And I am very proud and happy to be able to take this into the public, with the kind permission of the same kind soul who uploaded this at the mentioned private forum.
All thanks go to him for unearthing and making available to everybody finally, after 32 years, one of the most important recordings in post punk music history (and I’m sure some people would argue rock music history)!
CD-cover artwork designed by Species and courtesy of http://new-order.se/
A thankyoumydeer Production.
Source: 1/2 inch reel tape > DVD-R (WAV) > FLAC [Level 8]
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Track 01. Passover (5.2MB)
Track 02. Wilderness (5.4MB)
Track 03. Digital (6.1MB)
Track 04. Day Of The Lords (8.6MB)
Track 05. Insight (6.9MB)
Track 06. New Dawn Fades (8.6MB)
Track 07. Disorder (6.0MB)
Track 08. Transmission (6.7MB)
Track 09. Love Will Tear Us Apart (7.7MB)
Track 10. These Days (7.4MB)
Track 11. A Means To An End (7.6MB)
Track 12. Twenty Four Hours (8.0MB)
Track 13. Shadowplay (6.9MB)
Track 14. She’s Lost Control (7.2MB)
Track 15. Atrocity Exhibition (15.9MB)
Ian Curtis - vocals
Bernard Sumner - guitar
Peter Hook - bass
Stephen Morris - drums
Terry Mason - sound engineer
Tracks from this show have appeared on the Re-Fractured boxset and Les Bains Douches but, as far as we are aware, they are out of print. Click here to order Joy Division releases.
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