Welcome to the New Order Archives.
Until now I have been hosting my professional masterings of various and sundry New Order gigs and demos over at my main blog The Power of Independent Trucking.
In just three days of the "stash" tapes being posted, my blog has seen thousands of hits and a huge number of downloads of the three "stash" tapes posted so far. Clearly there is interest in this.
So, since I can - and the band/label dropped the opportunity they had to do this themselves in 2008 - I've started a new blog for these New Order projects only.
What will you find here? My mastering contributions to the community: community-sourced demos, soundboards, other high quality (read: no audience recordings, or IED/ALD sources) recordings, all from the "classic era" of New Order. By this, I don't intend to go beyond 1993, and even that is a stretch. By "community-sourced" I mean stuff not taken from true bootlegs-for-sale, not taken from band-sourced-to-me-or-associates material, not taken from commercial sources. These are truly those "tapes in the wild" that have found their way into collectors' hands. That said, if management wants to feed things to the blog, I will certainly comply ;)
I hope you enjoy this. I intend this to be a labor of love; there will be no posting schedule except for when I have something to post. There are a LOT of tapes out there that need airing/mastering, some in better shape than others, and they all deserve a wider audience. This is not something that'll see 50 posts a week - there may be spurts of activity, and there may be months of silence. But it will be lovingly attended to, and curated, and to the best of my ability feature only material of the highest, as-best-as-possible commercial release quality.
So please... if you feel you have material to contribute, please contact me at analogloyalist at gmail dot com. If it's common, I have it, so don't bother UNLESS you have the master or a known-quantity first-generation dub. If you have that proverbial "tape that's been sat in a closet for 25 years" and it's a soundboard, please, stop what you're doing, and contact me ;)
I start off with the only "want list" item I can think of off the top of my head, as I type this introduction: A high-quality recording of the band's Volkhaus, Zurich 1984 gig that was (I believe) broadcast on Swiss radio. I have a few middling copies/sources of this, but all have their faults, and none are really ready for polishing. Anyone with a low generation copy of the broadcast - or, lord help me, a copy of the radio station master - please contact me. It's a great gig otherwise and needs exposure.
I hope you enjoy, and settle in for a wonderful ride through the archives!