18 May 2012

Your hopes, your dreams, your paradise... [Upgrade]

11th January 1980 Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

In Memory of Ian Curtis. R.I.P.

Photo from Paradiso. By vinz.

Post by Darkman:
When May 18th rolls around every year, it’s impossible not to think about how tragic this day is in Joy Division’s short but brilliant history. Few others have achieved as much in such a short amount of time.

Today thousands of Joy Division fans will take to their blogs, Twitter, and Facebook accounts, and post personalized massages honoring Ian. With that said, Fage wanted to do something special today for all the fans who follow his blog, to make sure he did his part in celebrating Ian’s memory. A few years ago, some fans were able to get copies of Joy Division’s performance at the Paradiso directly from the Dutch Radio. I was able to get a copy (all those years ago), and provided it for this post. As the Analog Loyalist pointed out in the Joy Division Recycle, this is the finest live JD recording when it comes to sonics. Fage has put a lot of hard work in mastering the raw radio station recording, and the result is staggering.

Interestingly, there was about 35 people at the gig. The performance was also broken up into 2 sets. As Joy Division unleashed their fury on the Dutch fans, the concert was recorded by Omroepvereniging VARA for broadcast on Dutch public radio.

R.I.P Ian Curtis……don’t walk away, in silence…..

The Paradiso, Amsterdam, Jan 11, 1980. VARA Radio Station Master (Remastered by Fage).

1st set:
01. Passover
02. Wilderness
03. Digital
04. Day Of The Lords
05. Insight
06. New Dawn Fades
07. Disorder
08. Transmission

2nd set:
09. Love Will Tear Us Apart
10. These Days
11. A Means To An End
12. Twenty-Four Hours
13. Shadowplay
14. She's Lost Control
15. Atrocity Exhibition
16. Atmosphere
17. Interzone

Duration: 70 mins. Sound quality: 10/10
Info about concert: [Joy Division Central]
Download: [MediaFire]


  1. Anonymous18 May, 2012

    Yessssss..... Brilliant gesture to honor Ian Curtis today. Best recording ever of a legendary concert. I was not there, but I heard the re-emission on the radio in 1984 (5 songs only - I still have the cassette recording somewhere), and bought Still, Italian pressing including Twenty Four hours the next day adn the rest is history. Thanks to Fage, Darkman and Analog Loyalist, the golder Joy Division triangle, for their efforts and energy. Marx

    1. Anonymous19 May, 2012

      Small detail, because this recording is credited to the VARA, a broadcasting association in the Netherlands. I always was under the impression I taped the 5 songs from a VPRO radio re-broadcast, another broadcasting association. It was part of a series of re-broadcasts of various live shows from the Netherlands including The Dead Kennedy's, The Birthday Party, Captain Beefhart, Bad Brains and Joy Division (yes, those were the days!). VPRO is the most progressive and alternative broadcast station in the Netherlands, even today. The VPRO radio broadcasts were legendary at the time. We would literally install ourselves in front of the radio on Wednesday evening, before going out into town, with drinks, drugs, and open minds, and remain glued to the radio untill midnight.


  2. Anonymous18 May, 2012

    Thanks so much. What a great perfect version. You guys are great for doing this for us.

  3. Anonymous18 May, 2012

    Thanks for hard work. And what about Moonlight?

  4. thanks a lot, great stuff!

  5. Anonymous19 May, 2012

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! This is by far the best sounding recording of Paradiso I have ever heard. And I already own countless versions on vinyl, CD and digital. This KILLS the supposably "legit" copy in the Re-Fractured box. You guys are working miracles. This stuff NEEDS to be out-there for all to treasure. Thanks again. Kindest regard, zogaddams

  6. Anonymous21 May, 2012

    A million thanks for everyone involved! After listening to countless bootlegs for many years (decades?), this is like listening to the legendary Paradiso gig for the first time.

    Thanks again!

  7. Anonymous25 May, 2012

    Thanks for your efforts, but A Means To An End sounds pretty wrong. The snare (I think) is now far too prominent. It sounds like a glitch every few seconds when it appears. Some of your upgrades have been great, but I'm not a fan of this one.

    Keep up the good work. I think it's interesting to get new takes on some of the old bootlegs!

  8. Anonymous03 June, 2012

    Hi, I'm awed by the work you are doing with these recordings--these are treasures all fans should have access to. OK, just at random, I compared three tracks from the first Paradiso posting and the new upgrade. To be honest with you, initially I couldn't really tell much of a difference. However, with further comparisons, the first posting seems louder than the new upgrade. Now, I don't have a "golden ear" or perfect pitch or anything like that. The upgrade sounds nicer on the ears. The first post seems to have more of a "digital" edge. Still, I think both are vast improvements over any recordings of this show I've heard over the past 30 odd years. THANK YOU SO MUCH! zogaddams

  9. This is show is absolutely mesmerising. The remaster is very well done: it eschews the tendency to over compress the sound in order to make it sound "louder" and finds ways to make the acoustic signature more balanced (bass/mids/trebe are all nicely defined) and hence much more listenable. And the performance is outstanding. JD could be pretty crap live but not here. This is top notch in every way.

    One little problem: Love Will Tear Apart no longer downloads owing to some data corruption at the source. Could you re-up it?

    Thanks to Fage and all concerned for this wonderful gift!

    1. okay...I re-upload and checked it - all worked

    2. Thanks, Fage. It seems to have been another false anti-virus thing that was tripping me up. Not sure why it caused a problem for this one song--maybe LWTUA is just too infectious! In any case, thanks again for this remastering job, one of the very few that actually makes the original sound better.

  10. Anonymous07 July, 2012

    Hmmmm, that's my photograph of JD at Paradiso. I uploaded it a while ago on Demonoid together with two other pics and FLAC's of the gig. A credit would have been nice.

    For the rest: a nice remaster, good sound.

    1. Okay! No problem! :)
      You have more photos from this gig?

  11. Anonymous07 July, 2012

    Yes, but these are not (yet) for publication...the photo here was a test I made about a year ago. With my current scan equipment the quality just isn't good enough.

  12. Anonymous10 July, 2012

    brilliant recordings, can't get 04 days of the lord. Can you upload again please , many thanks. G

    1. okay...I re-upload and checked it - all worked :)

  13. Anonymous10 July, 2012

    fantastic thanks, its a great recording, you must be really pleased.

  14. Anonymous11 July, 2012

    The sound on the VARA/NOS recording is very much better than the actual concert was.
    What I remember clearly from the gig itself, besides taking photo's (for one of them see above), is that during the first set the band sounded very lowfi and bassy. The guy doing the mixing got it right halfway during the second set and from then on the sound was much better.

    And although there are some errors in playing here and there during this gig (the bass intro of LWTUA for instance, Hooky fucked up) it's a shame that this recording never got an official release (I consider the Refractured box CD not as a serious release). The same applies to the Les Baines Douches show in Paris. Another show of which a very good professional recording exists. Both Factory and London Records should be ashamed of themselves, they missed out on a great opportunity.

    1. Same with the Preston's. Official CD sounds like a shit...as compared with 'Shadowplay' bootleg.

    2. Anonymous12 July, 2012

      Most record companies only work for the quick buck, they hardly put any effort in what they release. The 2008 album New Order remasters is another 'fine' example of shitty mastering work done by no-brainers who's only job seems to be wondering why consumers download.

  15. This is great. Is there any chance of an upload of the Birmingham 2/5/80 concert? The clips on Youtube sound brilliant and I'd love to have the whole thing.

  16. Brilliant..i have a vague memory as a 14 year old of messing about with my radio late at night in early 1980 and suddenly hearing the strains of Joy Division and some Dutch announcer fella floating through the airwaves..i guess that must have been this very gig!I'd never heard much JD onlyTtransmission 12'' single from a school friend i guess,but even through all the tuning bleeps i knew i loved this music.It's funny what you remember when you hear a song.. :)

  17. Hello there,
    I taped long ago in the 80's a rebroadcast from the Paradiso gig. It was on VPRO radio and only 5 songs were broadcast. What makes it special is that they added thunder sounds through the songs. As i remember the songs were Shadowplay, Day of the Lords, Atmosphere and 2 others. Who has a copy of this specific rebroadcast?? As i lost my copy long time ago. Thanks a lot.
    Greetings from Ron (Holland)

  18. Thanks a lot for this. I was lucky enough to see Joy Division perform back in the day and know first hand what a great live band they were. The problem has always been the sound quality of most of the recordings. So this kind of effort is real treat for both long-time fans and subsequent generations of JD enthusiasts.