New Order – Education, Entertainment, Recreation (Live) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 02:02:23 minutes | 1,43 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino

New Order’s third consecutive live album since the release of their 2015 studio album Music Complete, Education Entertainment Recreation was recorded at their only U.K. concert in 2018, which took place at London’s Alexandra Palace. While their previous release, 2019’s ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.., was an unconventional set of mostly deep cuts that featured a 12-piece synth ensemble, this one is a lot closer to the more straightforward NOMC15. The main difference is that Education Entertainment Recreation only has a pair of songs from Music Complete (plus “Tutti Frutti” on the Blu-ray edition), and two more tracks overall, which means there’s more room for hits and Joy Division tunes. “Disorder” and “Sub-culture” have fortunately remained in the repertoire since the last release, “Love Vigilantes” makes a welcome appearance, and it’s hard to go wrong with standbys like “Your Silent Face,” a gleefully audience-assisted “Bizarre Love Triangle,” “Crystal,” and the “Street Hassle”-referencing arrangement of “Temptation.” The trio of Joy Division songs concluding the set, naturally finishing with “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” feels like a goodwill gesture to the audience, but the band generally seem more committed to the New Order material. Essentially, this is all well-trodden territory for New Order and their fans, but for anyone who has an emotional connection to their music, it’s still a potent reminder of how vital and life-affirming their best songs are. – Paul Simpson


1. Sir Georg Solti – Das Rheingold: Vorspiel (Live at Alexandra Palace)
2. New Order – Singularity (Live at Alexandra Palace)
3. New Order – Regret (Live at Alexandra Palace)
4. New Order – Love Vigilantes (Live at Alexandra Palace)
5. New Order – Ultraviolence (Live at Alexandra Palace)
6. New Order – Disorder (Live at Alexandra Palace)
7. New Order – Crystal (Live at Alexandra Palace)
8. New Order – Academic (Live at Alexandra Palace)
9. New Order – Your Silent Face (Live at Alexandra Palace)
10. New Order – Sub-culture (Live at Alexandra Palace)
11. New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (Live at Alexandra Palace)
12. New Order – Vanishing Point (Live at Alexandra Palace)
13. New Order – Waiting for the Sirens’ Call (Live at Alexandra Palace)
14. New Order – Plastic (Live at Alexandra Palace)
15. New Order – The Perfect Kiss (Live at Alexandra Palace)
16. New Order – True Faith (Live at Alexandra Palace)
17. New Order – Blue Monday (Live at Alexandra Palace)
18. New Order – Temptation (Live at Alexandra Palace)
19. New Order – Atmosphere (Live at Alexandra Palace)
20. New Order – Decades (Live at Alexandra Palace)
21. New Order – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Live at Alexandra Palace)