Cult band Section 25 recorded for Factory Records between 1979 and 1987. Initially mentored by Joy Division, their best known albums are Always Now (1981), produced by Martin Hannett and housed in one of Peter Saville's most celebrated sleeve designs, and the visionary From the Hip from 1984, produced by Bernard Sumner of New Order, and featuring the classic electro single Looking From a Hilltop. So Far gathers together rare live and studio footage from all stages of their career. The original post-punk trio are captured live at the ICA in London in June 1980, while the later five-piece electronic line-up at Minneapolis First Avenue in January 1985. In addition to these two complete concerts, extracts from shows at Chicago Metro, Manchester Hacienda and London Riverside are also included, as well as studio clips for tracks including New Horizons and Looking From a Hilltop. The fascinating Chicago Metro footage proves beyond doubt that Section 25 were a vital formative influence on early techno music. Sasha Frere-Jones recalled this motorik live 'epiphany' for The Wire in December 2001: "They were playing to fledgling B-boys in the downstairs space. I'd never heard drum machines through a PA before and had no idea how punishing they could be. The next day I bought the only Section 25 12" I could find, Looking from a Hilltop. Backwards drum machines flew out like sparks. The whole thing floated in the fjord between the icy Factory scene in England and uptempo NYC edit tracks by Big Apple Productions and The Latin Rascals. Charging and droning, blowing my tiny mind." So Far boasts a running time of over two hours. The disc is Region 0 (multi-region), NTSC format, with 5.1 sound.
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