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    Section 25 formed in Blackpool,UK in November 1977. Their first 7", "Girls Don't Count", was released in July 1980 on Factory Records, produced by Ian Curtis and Rob Gretton of Joy Division fame. In 1986 Section 25 fell silent for more than a decade, and reemerged with the album Part Primitiv in 2006. The band are now down to being a duo again - just like they started. Consisting of Vincent Cassidy and Steven Stringer, Section 25 performed a fantastic show in Vienna in October 2019 where this album was recorded.

    Section 25

    Always Now

      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. The first 1000 copies of the box set are pressed in coloured vinyl: disc 1 (black); disc 2 (clear); disc 3 (yellow); disc 4 (red); disc 5 (silver). The outer case in printed in PMS 123 with spot varnish.

      The 16 page booklet features unseen images by noted photographer Philippe Carly and texts by founder members Larry and Vin Cassidy. Also included is the first ever interview with guitarist Paul Wiggin, whose sudden departure in late 1981 saw Tony Wilson try (and fail) to recruit pre-Smiths teenager Johnny Marr as replacement.

      “One of the best albums Britain's second city has unleashed” (Uncut); “In 1980 their bass-driven mantras were thoughtlessly dismissed as second-rate Joy Division, but hindsight judges them more kindly. The wind-dried skeins of their blasted guitar harmonics and skimped electronics gauntly cling to the songs’ skeletal frames. With telltale titles like Babies in the Bardo their Buddhist interests hang heavy over these early stirrings. But, combining a bass-led drone with a characteristic groaning vocal, Charnel Ground succinctly pins down Section 25's pre-disco appeal” (The Wire)


      Disc 1:
      A1. Friendly Fires
      A2. Dirty Disco
      A3. C.P.
      A4. Loose Talk (Costs Lives)
      A5. Inside Out
      A6. Melt Close
      B1. Hit
      B2. Babies In The Bardo
      B3. Be Brave
      B4. New Horizon

      Disc 2:
      A1. Knew Noise
      A2. Up To You
      A3. Girls Don’t Count
      A4. After Image
      A5. Human Puppets
      B1. Charnel Ground
      B2. Haunted
      B3. Je Veux Ton Amour
      B4. One True Path

      Disc 3:
      A1. Loose Talk (Costs Lives) (live)
      A2. Human Puppets (live)
      A3. Knew Noise (live)
      A4. Friendly Fires (live)
      A5. Girls Don’t Count (live)
      B1. New Horizon (live)
      B2. Haunted (live)
      B3. You’re On Your Own (live)
      B4. One Step Backward (live)

      Disc 4:
      A1. Always Now
      A2. Visitation
      A3. Regions
      A4. The Wheel
      A5. No Abiding Place
      A6. Once Before
      B1. There Was A Time
      B2. Wretch
      B3. Sutra

      Disc 5:
      A1. Fallen Monument
      A2. Are You There?
      A3. Virtually Everything
      A4. Tape Loop
      A5. Subferior
      A6. In The Garden Of Eden
      A7. Cry
      B1. Red Voice
      B2. Floating
      B3. Reading Uni Jam With New Order 1981

      Section 25



        Factory Benelux presents Mirror b/w You Leave Me No Choice, the brand new single by Section 25 issued in a special limited edition of just 500 copies to mark Record Store Day on Saturday 18 April 2015
        Coinciding with a deluxe double disc remaster of classic debut album Always Now (originally released by Factory Records in 1981), the single features brand new recordings of two songs performed live by the original trio line-up of Section 25 in 1980/81, but never studio recorded. Bridging past and present, Larry Cassidy’s vocals and lyrics are now handled by Factory colleague Simon Topping, previously a member of A Certain Ratio, Quando Quango and T-Coy.
        The artwork is based on the original cover design for Always Now by Peter Saville, with the colour scheme now reversed.
        Section 25 are Vin Cassidy, Beth Cassidy, Steve Stringer, Jo Cassidy and Simon Topping. “A revelation. The best old/new band in Britain” (The Guardian, 2014).


        Side A: Mirror
        Side B: You Leave Me No Choice

        Section 25

        Reflection (Young Image)


          Factory Benelux presents Reflection (Young Image) b/w Change, the brand new single by Section 25, issued in a special limited edition of just 500 copies pressed in orange vinyl to mark Record Store Day on 19 April 2014
          Taken from the forthcoming release From The Hip (30th Anniversary Edition), Reflection is a brand new version of this driving dream-pop anthem from side one of the classic 1984 album, which maybe should have been a single at the time. “On first listening Reflection is a whimsical yet heartfelt expression of true love,” says Beth Cassidy. “But strip this back and we discover an inner core which explores the surreal nature of life itself. Even after 30 years there are layers to this song that conceal its true meaning.”

          Flipside 'Change' is exclusive to this 7” single and will not be made available elsewhere. “The lyric is the narrative of a changing relationship wrapped up in the music of a changing band,” explains founder member Vin Cassidy.

          The fluorescent artwork and packaging is based on original designs by Peter Saville for SXXV’s classic 1984 club single Looking From A Hilltop.
          Section 25 today are Vin Cassidy, Beth Cassidy, Steve Stringer and Jo Cassidy. “Metamorphosing from the glummest, most dour group ever into progenitors of House, Blackpool’s SXXV are, inevitably, one of the groups of this very post-punk moment” (Chris Bohn, The Wire magazine).


          Side A: Reflection (Young Image)
          Side B: Change

          Factory Benelux presents Dark Light, the brand new album by post-punk trailblazers Section 25, Factory workers since 1979.

          Recorded in 2012, Dark Light is their first collection of new material since the tragic loss of founder Larry Cassidy in 2010, and marks a return to the smooth electro and synth-pop textures first explored on their seminal 1984 album From the Hip. These echoes are amplified by the presence of co-vocalists Beth and Jo Cassidy, and a sublime cover image by iconic artist/designer Peter Saville.

          Much of Dark Light was produced in collaboration with remixer Derek Miller (aka Outernationale), and includes new versions of recent single tracks Colour Movement Sex & Violence and Inner Drive. Other stand-out cuts include future pop classic My Outrage, which will also be made available as a limited edition 7” single (7 FBN 62) to mark World Record Store Day in April 2013. There are also two hidden tracks.

          Section 25 are: Vin Cassidy, Bethany Cassidy, Steve Stringer, Stuart Hill and Joanna Cassidy. “Metamorphosing from the glummest, most dour group ever into progenitors of House, Blackpool’s SXXV are, inevitably, one of the groups of this very post-punk moment” (Chris Bohn, The Wire magazine)


          1. World’s End
          2. My Outrage
          3. Pitch Black Box
          4. Love Cuts
          5. Colour Movement Sex & Violence
          6. Inner Drive
          7. 78
          8. Letter To America
          9. Memento
          10. Early Exit
          11. CMSV Dub Mix
          12. Program For Light (Outernationale)

          Section 25

          From The Hip - In The Flesh

            Tracks from the classic Factory Records album "From The Hip", captured live in LA and California in 1985.

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