Section 25 - Always Now 5xLP
Label: Factory Benelux
Release Date: September 6th, 2019
Factory Benelux is proud to present a deluxe 5 disc vinyl box set edition of Always Now, the debut album by cult Factory Records group Section 25, produced by legendary sonic architect Martin Hannett and sleeved by Peter Saville. Recorded as a trio at Pink Floyd’s Britannia Row studio in London in January 1981, Always Now combined austere post-punk rhythm and noise with elements of Can, Krautrock and modern psychedelia. Key tracks include "Friendly Fires," "Dirty Disco" and "New Horizon," along with "C.P." (a collaboration with Hannett) and "Hit" (extensively sampled by Kanye West for the track "F.M.L." on his 2016 album The Life of Pablo).
Disc 2 gathers together several non-album singles from 1980 and 1981, including "Charnel Ground," "Je Veux Ton Amour" and debut EP Girls Don’t Count – the latter produced by mentors Rob Gretton and Ian Curtis (of Joy Division). Disc 3 offers a complete live show professionally recorded at Groningen (Netherlands) on 26 October 1980, as part of a Factory package tour. Disc 4 is part-improvised second studio album The Key of Dreams, recorded and produced by the band themselves a few months after Always Now, and released by Factory Benelux in June 1982. Disc 5 consists of further experimental material recorded in 1981 and self-released on a cassette called Illuminus Illumina. This final disc closes with an extended (and previously unreleased) live encore jam recorded with all four members of New Order at Reading University on 8 May 1981. All tracks are newly re-mastered from the original quarter-inch tapes.