Salle du Baron, Orleans, France
13 December 1985
source: Hooky's rubbish bin (the "stash" tapes)
1st generation dub of cassette master (if not *the* master...)
analogloyalist mastering August 2012
At long last I'm starting to fix up and free a stash of gigs - which
first saw the light (heh) in 2004 on the long-defunct Sharing The
Groove, but were essentially untouched beyond basic cleanup - that
really show how brilliant New Order were in their prime in the mid-'80s.
quick-and-dirty background: Whilst cleaning house, a set of New Order
tapes (various mid-80s live gigs, some rehearsals, and a DAT or two from
the band's 1989 US tour) was found by Hooky under the floorboards at
his studio Suite 16 in Rochdale, England. A musician friend of Hooky,
who was in his employ for a duration in the early 90s, then rescued the
tapes and sold them to an infamous collector in Florida, who is known
for not sharing the wealth. In the interim, ATR (sometimes called
Stash) obtained 1st-generation dubs of these tapes before they were
shipped off to Florida. ATR then shared them amongst the New Order
cognoscenti, and then in 2004 we fed them to the world via Sharing The
All these gigs had their various problems
as-received from the source in between Hooky and us, the least of which
were sector boundary errors (which means, if burned as-is to CD, there
are audible "pops" in between tracks) and all off-pitch by varying
degrees. Some were extremely muddy, and others were far too bright.
None of them were just right, but my aim is to make them so.
New Order "stash" gigs that were on Sharing The Groove, and various
other torrent sites and blogs from 2004 onward, are all from those
original 2004 releases and have not been formally mastered since, until
This is the second of two French gigs sourced from the Stash. The first being Rennes; it's not the first to be posted here because Rennes needs quite a bit more TLC than most of these sets. Regardless, this Orleans set is easily one hour of my favorite New Order, ever.
Here, the band visits two songs that were not long for this world; "Hurt" only saw one more airing after this, and "ICB" went to its lonely place forevermore after this night. Which is a shame; I love "ICB" and until Hooky's bass packs it in midway, it's well on its way to "classic track" status.
The rest of the gig is no shambles either, though there are a few whoppers in "She's Lost Control" and it's no wonder they don't revisit this song again until New Order Mk. III in 2001/2002. "In A Lonely Place" cuts where the soundboard tape ran out / at the tape flip spot. Which is a shame, it was going to be brilliant based on the 1:15 that made it.
"Elegia" sends chills up my spine every time I hear it. This is easily the best live version I've ever heard.
The original unmastered version of this gig has been spread pretty far and wide since 2004. Trust me when I say you will want to bin it immediately upon hearing this 2012 mastering - it crushes it like a grape. This version here is truly spectacular, and could be released tomorrow by Warners.
01 - Elegia
02 - The Perfect Kiss
03 - Weirdo
04 - Love Vigilantes
05 - Hurt
06 - Sooner Than You Think
07 - ICB
08 - This Time Of Night
09 - In A Lonely Place (detail)
10 - She's Lost Control
11 - Blue Monday
Second of a series...