Just as Brian Eno once claimed that every single person that bought the first Velvet Underground album went and started a band, it's also been said that Bauhaus' legendary first single 'Bela Lugosi's Dead' was essentially responsible for kicking off the goth rock movement.

Having formed 40 years ago this year, the band entered a recording studio together for the first time some six weeks after forming, and to mark the occasion, Leaving Records and Stones Throw have released that session in its entirety. Though their legacy is bursting with arguably some of the most challenging and creative rock music made at the time, taking an experimental approach to mixking glam and dub to hints of Latin with post-punk, The Bela Session find Bauhaus in their formative stage.

The original version of 'Bela Lugosi's Dead' differs slightly from what was later released but not all that much. The only real difference is the looser feel and slower pace which actually gives it spookier appeal. Even at this early stage they were already hinting the experiments to come with scraped strings to looped and reversed guitars making an appearance while the rhythm section of Kevin Haskins and Daivd J lay down a hypnotic and sparse dub influenced groove. Peter Murphy sounds young and eager as ever but is already displaying the confidence that would push their songs to even more dramatic heights.

A far cry from the fully formed sound that would emerge just over a year later on their near perfect debut In the Flat Field, there are hints of things to come. The previously unreleased 'Bite My Hip' which was later reworked, re-recorded, and released as 'Lagartija Nick' in 1983 as well as 'Boys,' later re-recorded and released as the b-side to 'Bela' offer modest glimpses of the kind of dark jagged post-punk experiments that would become their signature sound.

Elsewhere the fun but forgettable Debbie Harry tribute 'Harry' is a dated piece of pseudo-reggae and 'Some Faces' is a surprisingly straight ahead and catchy garage influenced song.

Whether or not The Bela Session is worth investing in all depends on your relationship with Bauhaus' music. For the casual or less fanatical listener the best option is still the two solid singles collections along In the Flat Field.

But your more serious fans and completists will probably find something like this a welcome addition to their collection. Despite it not offering many revelations or surprises, The Bela Session still serves a fun little snapshot of what was soon to be one of the more creative and influential 80s post-punk bands in their infancy.