The Peel Sessions (New Order album)

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The Peel Sessions
Compilation album by
Released27 September 1986 (The Peel Sessions 1982)
5 December 1987 (The Peel Sessions 1981)
September 1990 (Album)
13 November 2000 (Album re-issue)
Recorded26 January 1981 (1-4),
1982 (5-8)
Length20:18 (The Peel Sessions 1982)
17:19 (The Peel Sessions 1981)
37:37 (Album)
LabelStrange Fruit - SFRLP110
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Peel Sessions is the name of two Extended Plays and a subsequent compilation released by the English musical group New Order.


Peel Sessions (later re-released as The John Peel Sessions in 2000) was the 1990 album release of the sessions New Order recorded in January 1981 and June 1982 for Radio 1's John Peel Show. Each session had previously been released as four-track EPs in 1986 (The Peel Sessions 1982) and 1987 (The Peel Sessions 1981).

"Truth", "Senses", "I.C.B." and "Dreams Never End" (recorded 26 January 1981) would be later recorded with Martin Hannett and released on Movement. The production and arrangements differ notably from those on the album. New Order would later dismiss Movement due to Hannett's style. In common with the album, the lead vocals on "Dreams Never End" were by bassist Peter Hook.

The 1982 session caught the band still in search of a new musical direction. "We All Stand" and "5-8-6" appeared on the subsequent album Power, Corruption & Lies. The songs "Too Late" and "Turn the Heater On", the latter a Keith Hudson reggae cover, were only ever recorded for the Peel session, and neither was performed live. "Turn the Heater On" was known to be one of Ian Curtis's favourite songs‚ and it is for this reason that New Order recorded their version as a tribute to him. Ian's admiration of reggae artists such as Keith Hudson and Toots and the Maytals is also mentioned by his wife Deborah Curtis in her book Touching From a Distance. These tracks were broadcast on 1 June 1982 though were presumably recorded in spring 1982.

New Order went on to record a third John Peel Session in November 1998, and a further session for BBC radio with the Evening Session in October 2001. These later sessions were collected together and released in 2004 by Strange Fruit records as In Session.

Track listing[edit]

  • All tracks written by New Order, except where noted.
Side one
4."Dreams Never End"3:13
Side two
5."Turn the Heater On"Keith Hudson5:03
6."We All Stand" 5:26
7."Too Late" 3:39
8."5-8-6" 6:08

Chart positions[edit]

The Peel Sessions 1982 (EP)
Chart (1986) Peak
UK Singles Chart[2] 54
UK Independent Singles Chart[3] 2
The Peel Sessions 1981 (EP)
Chart (1987) Peak
UK Singles Chart[2] 95
UK Independent Singles Chart[3] 5


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company: New Order". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 October 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Indie Hits "N"". Cherry Red Records. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2011.