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Private Hell
Human Puppets

SECTION 25 Jams From The Bardo

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Section 25 formed in Blackpool,UK in November 1977. Initially they were a duo, consisting of brothers Larry Cassidy and Vincent Cassidy). In June 1978 they made their live debut with Phil Denton on guitar. Their debut 7", "Girls Don't Count", was released in July 1980 on Factory Records, produced by Ian Curtis and Rob Gretton of Joy Division. Joined by percussionist Lee Shallcross, Section 25 gradually evolved with a more electronic-dance direction from 1983 onwards, a process which culminated in the album From the Hip and remix single "Looking From A Hilltop", both released in 1984 and produced by Bernard Sumner of New Order. This second iteration of the band also featured the Cassidy brothers' sister Angela Flowers and Larry Cassidy's wife Jenny Ross. In 1986 Section 25 fell silent for more than a decade, and reemerged with the album Part Primitiv in 2006. On 27 February 2010, it was announced that founding member, singer, and bass player for the group, Larry Cassidy, had died at the age of 56. Today, Section 25 consist of Vin Cassidy and long-time collaborator Steven Stringer. Jams From The Bardo is an archival collection of previously unreleased rehearsal room recordings from 1979 to 1981. All tracks composed and performed by Lawrence Cassidy, Paul Wiggin and Vincent Cassidy. A delicacy for all fans of the early days of Section 25 and Factory Records. Full tracklist: 1. Private Hell 2. CEM 3. Form Is Void 4. In The Attic 5. Rose Apple Island 6. Machine 7. Mirage 8. Alone Pt. 1 9. Pretty Peculiar 10. Pubs, Clubs And Drugs 11. Untitled 12. Up 13. You 14. Human Puppets. Price: € 18,-/copy incl. worldwide shipping.

This is just great. Like seeing them live back in the day.
(Jon Savage, August 2021)

The true highlights here are the lengthy extended tracks when Section 25 slowly click into gear and drive themselves home via a few enlightened narcotically-enhanced avenues. Rose Apple Island follows on from Always Nows hypnotic Babies From The Bardo by way of Amon Duul, Pretty Peculiar is Human Puppets distant cousin mixed with copious gallons of Thunderbird, ice and a paper umbrella while You is Metal Box-era PiL drawing hard on a Wobble-endorsed bong, waiting for the man.
(Flipside, September 2021)