Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Joy Division: Live In Blackpool 1979 (2008?)

The record was recorded illegally at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool on July 27th, 1979. One hundred copies were pressed on orange vinyl and three hundred copies were pressed on black vinyl. I have the latter. The sound sucks. It's a truly awful recording.

Just how bad is it? Imagine you were in a club listening to a band ripping through their set list, and you realize that you have to have a pee. You can hear the music as you are walking towards the bathroom. You pull open the door and, as it closes, the music becomes a muffled noise behind the door. Now, imagine that someone in the bathroom has fired up their auto-stop portable Panasonic cassette deck while occupying a toilet stall and recorded the entire concert while sitting on the throne. That's what this record sounds like: the shits. On the other hand, if you are willing to put up with the atrocious sound, there is information to be gleaned from this record. But, I just can't listen to it again. Still, I will hold on to it, for whatever reason.

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