Peter Hook's The Light
Unknown Pleasures
The Music Box
Los Angeles

15' from rail dead center -> 6.5' h -> slavesound omni's -> custom bb - no bass roll-off ->
edirol r09 (44.1/16) -> sandisk 16gb ultraII 15mb/s -> reader -> audition 3.0 - slight level boost
(no normalization) bass roll-off @ 100 Hz -> har-bal 2.3 moderate eq (bass attenuate, 2k midrange boost) ->
cd wave editor (track split) -> tlh (flac 8, etc...)

This recording has been mastered in order to reveal more detail from the performance. This includes
a parametric roll @ 100 Hz to reduce bass rumble and a 2k Hz boost of approx 2 dB to bring out more of Hooky's vocals.
This recording does have more audience noise but a broader frequency response and a bit more dynamic range.
bcingyou's recording has a more compressed feel, much like the original JD album's.

K.I.L.L. = Keep It LossLess

01. No Love Lost
02. Leaders Of Men
03. Glass
04. Digital
05. Disorder
06. Day Of The Lords
07. Candidate
v 08. Insight
09. New Dawn Fades
10. She's Lost Control
11. Shadowplay
12. Wilderness
13. Interzone
14. Encore Break 1
15. Transmission
16. Love Will Tear Us Apart
17. Encore Break 2
18. Atmosphere
19. Ceremony

Tracks 01 - 04: Warsaw / "An Ideal For Living" Era
Tracks 05 - 14: Unknown Pleasures
Track 15: Featuring Perry Farrell on vocals

Peter Hook: Vocals, Lead Bass
Jack Bates: Bass
Nat Watson: Guitar
Andy Poole: Keyboards
Paul Kehoe: Drums

Joy Division has had perhaps the greatest influence on the early Post Punk movement. Ian Curtis' early demise solidified their brief yet poignant role in music history. Many of their contemporaries including The Cure, Siouxsie and Bauhaus owe more than a nod to there austere style of "Rock n Roll". Followers from Nine Inch Nails to The Killers and Interpol owe more than a debt of gratitude to the band for their sound.

Needless to say "die-hard" JD fans have been polarized concerning these shows. Some have accused Hooky of shamelessly "cashing in" on the modern trend for bands to emulate or cover Joy Division's material. Others have found the effort to be sincere and reverent. To me, I say Hooky was there, he would know best what his intentions are. There is no denying that he was integral to the band's unique sound and not merely a role player. Movie's such as the brilliant and off-beat "24-Hour Party People" and Anton Corbijn's award-winning "Control" seemed to have minimized the role of the other band members and that of Matin Hannet to their overall success.

The show openened with a 20 minute series of You Tube quality clips anchordered by an interview with Peter Hook and Stephen Morris. The picture and sound quality were borderline "horrible" and I initially thought "uh-oh this can't be good." References were made to how many people thought that early JD material sounded like The Doors. I've always thought about that myself in the back of my mind. This is in large part to both having a more free-form prose style of lyrics rather than a more conventional verse-chorus-verse structure. Both Jim and Ian sang in a low tenor / baritone register as well. Songs about death permeate both bands' catalogs. Similarities end there perhaps.

The Show:
Hooky did seem like he was channeling Jim Morrison a bit more than Ian Curtis. Vocals were strong at times, but not at the fore of the mix. The performance was very solid and the instrumentation was handled very aptly by Peter's son on bass. Peter, himself played lead bass lines on his pristine red Eccleshall Viking 1 between verses. He admits that he finds it difficult to play and sing at the same time. Guest vocals by a rather manic Parry Farrell on "Transmission" was a pleasant surprise. The show was very good with a very receptive and respectful audience to boot. The show clocks in remarkably at a very CD friendly 79:55. So grab some high quality headphones (throw away those stock ipod earbuds) and treat yourself to an early Christmas present. Turn it up!

A must for fans of: Joy Division, New Order, Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction, Porno For Pyros, The Cure, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Bauhaus, etc...