7 Feb 2015
Section 25 - Always Now [FBN 3-045 CD] 
Section 25 - Always Now [FBN 3-045 CD]

On 6 April 2015 Factory Benelux releases a deluxe 34-track 2CD edition of Always Now, the debut album by Section 25, produced by legendary sonic architect Martin Hannett in 1981.

Recorded as a trio at Pink Floyd's Britannia Row studio in London, Always Now combined austere post-punk rhythms with elements of Can, Krautrock and modern psychedelia.

The second disc features loads of bonus material includeing a John Peel session from January 1981, a complete live show from Groningen in October 1980, plus various remastered alternate versions of several album tracks.

This new Factory Benelux 2CD edition is housed in a miniature version of the folding pochette wallet designed by Peter Saville - famously one of the most expensive sleeves produced by Factory.

Tracklisting

CD1

1. Friendly Fires
2. Dirty Disco
3. C.P.
4. Loose Talk (Costs Lives)
5. Inside Out
6. Melt Close
7. Hit
8. Babies in the Bardo
9. Be Brave
10. New Horizon
11. Haunted
12. Charnel Ground
13. Human Puppets
14. Knew Noise
15. Up To You
16. Girls Don't Count
17. Oyo Achel Ada
18. After Image
19. Red Voice

CD2

1. One True Path (Peel Session)
2. Babies in the Bardo (Peel Session)
3. Hit (Peel Session)
4. Je Veux Ton Amour (7")
5. Loose Talk (Costs Lives) (live)
6. Human Puppets (live)
7. Knew Noise (live)
8. Friendly Fires (live)
9. Girls Don't Count (live)
10. New Horizon (live)
11. Haunted (live)
12. You're On Your Own (live)
13. Floating (demo)
14. Friendly Fires (outtake)
15. One True Path (outtake)

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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