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Electronic [Import]

Electronic Audio CD
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One of the first supergroups from post-punk UK, Electronic is the on-off project formed by New Order's Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr, former guitarist of the Smiths. The duo released "Getting Away with It" in December 1989, with both Sumner and Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys on vocals. The single just missed the Top Ten in England, but was the end of Electronic for over two ... Read more in Amazon's Electronic Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Aug 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Euro Parrot
  • ASIN: B000025CFT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,666 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Idiot Country
2. Reality
3. Tighten Up
4. The Patience Of A Saint
5. Getting Away With It
6. Gangster
7. Soviet
8. Get The Message
9. Try All You Want
10. Some Distant Memory
11. Feel Every Beat

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic from Manchesters finest 3 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A golden nugget of the musical scene of 1991. The debut release of New Order's Bernard Sumner and The Smith's Johnny Marr proved to be a real winner.
Though a side project, the feeling of a supergroup was never faraway with the Pet Shop Boy's Neil Tennant dropping in on 'Getting away with it' and 'The Patience of a Saint'.
I first got my copy of this on cassette on the legendary Factory label. And I can still remember the feeling I got when I first heard it. It was one of knowing that at last the music you wanted to hear had been recorded and released, knowing that someone else out there felt the same as you! I remember many times, quite anti-socially, not going out with my friends and staying in and listening to this album again and again!
The opener, 'Idiot Country' sets the scene. Swooshing atmospherics, crunchy electro rhythms and Marr's sterling guitar work all to the fore. Sumner's lyrics were more expressive than usual too, perhaps set free from the tension in the New Order camp.
Altogether a wonderful album, there is no point saying there are any special tracks, they all come as one listening experience.
Go on, recapture the feeling of '91.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums of all time 4 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
Whether you're a fan of New Order or not, if you have any taste in music there's no way that you could dislike this album. I got it not long after its original release date and I still play it regularly, which is one of an elite group of albums in my vast collection that this happens to. I can't recommend it enough. Perfect analogue synth sounds, classic Johnny Marr guitar playing, better-than-normal vocals from Bernard, and above all great, emotional songwriting. Sadly, it will always remain in New Order's shadow, hugely underrated like many classic albums. BUY IT NOW!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Gabby
Format:Audio CD
OK, this CD's been out for years, but I recently went through my whole collection, and can wholeheartedly say that this is one of the few CD's I have where there is not one bad track. I can happily listen to the whole CD from start to finish without skipping a tune. The only one that comes close is New Order's "Technique". I am a rabid Pet Shop Boys fan and even they can not achieve an album without a track I dislike! Obviously it's not going to be to everyone's taste, but if you like New Order, The Smiths or the Pet Shop Boys I would be surprised if you were disappointed with this gem. It's a shame Electronic's second and third albums did not match up to this calibre, although they also contain some cracking songs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated classic 29 Aug 2000
Format:Audio CD
I've never understood why this album isn't taken seriously. Well that's a bit of a lie, it's understandable why some people see Electronic as merely an indulgent side project for ageing stars of officially 'The Two Best Bands Of The 80s' (that's New Order and The Smiths, of course). But 'Electronic' is comfortably better than any New Order album, including 'Technique', although the completely contrasting styles of Morrissey and Bernard Sumner make comparison with The Smiths difficult.
Few albums fit together so well and sound so perefectly formed as this. Listen closely and it's clear that a lot of thought and work has gone into making this record, yet part of its greatness is the tight, energetic naturalness of it all. From the first track to the last the music has a spring in its step - at first listen sounding very New Order-esque, then repeated listens bringing out Johnny Marr's guitar, all the while underpinned by a joyous buoyancy. Bernard Sumner has never sounded better, at times speaking (I hesitate to call it rapping) his verses, at times doing his more usual low-key singing thing. The lyrics, as ever, are more impressionistic than narrative. There are no bad tracks, the 2 minute instrumental 'Soviet' being the weakest, though it works well in providing a respite before the exuberance of the brilliant 'Get The Message', one of the best singles of the 90s. Every track is carefully, intricately structured without ever sounding contrived. The real genius of this album, however, lies not only in the singles but also in less immediate tracks like 'Some Distant Memory', whose utterly beautiful oboe-led coda is both one of the best moments on the album and also the perfect lead in to the upbeat finale 'Feel Every Beat'.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
22 years after release, and for no particular reason, Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr's debut is reissued in a new configuration with a slew of additional songs. After a cursory 1994 remastering, this 2013 edition features the original debut LP, and a second CD with a huge host of additional material. After the demise of The Smiths, the suspension of New Order, and Johnny Marr's temporary five year excursion into The The, Electronic, who on paper seemed like a match made in heaven, were possibly the only 'supergroup' who actually were super. Here Sumners love of electronics, and Marr's wide vista of styles and eclecticism, welded styles in a perfect union. As far as debut records go, even though this was Sumner's eighth, and Marr's sixth full length record, it is confident, assured, utter genius. Aided and abetted by three songs which sees members of Pet Shop Boys onboard as well. Marr's love of funk, choppy dance rhythms, and squalls of guitar, as well as spindly and muscular melodies shine through, whilst Sumner - irking the wrath of Morrissey - added huge slabs of his plaintive, emotionless/emotional vocals, underrated guitar work, and deft production skills. Where the record is dated is only in the occasional outbreaks of 'italian house piano' (that also can be heard of the 1996 followup and New Order's "Republic"). As it stands though, it's a great record, with nary a dull or misplaced moment, though one of two halves as it stood just on the cusp of the entrance into the CD age where you didn't have to flip the vinyl slab over.

Bonus tracks are a scrappy and bizarre selection of oddities from across the bands lifespan. Leftover songs, remixes, and variants from the 1996 and 1999 albums are spread across it with barely any thought for sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars House music for grown-ups
'Electronic' began in the late eighties as a side project, similar to that of a summit of great leaders meeting on the world's music stage. Read more
Published 5 months ago by DiscJockey
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, with strange second CD
The album is 6 out of 5, 11 out 10 and all those other Spinal Tap-exaggerations.
Lovely to re-buy it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Daniel Smedfors
5.0 out of 5 stars An enduring & underrated classic
Completely & totally agree with Phil Carr's review in 2005, this classic album never dates & holds a similar position in my affections. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack of my life.
Soundtrack of my life.
To me it is a classical album. The time that I was so thrilled to know Technique and old stuffs of Smiths, they went with this terrific album.
Published 8 months ago by Marco Antonio Veloso Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars The Smiths plus New Order united together as one great band !
Been a big fan of New Order in the 1980s but not so much in the 1990s and noughties (when they'd left their indie Factory label and signed to London Records and decided to go more... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Richard Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars new order
I bought this album for my wifes son and he loved it! He had it before on tape , but wanted the cd. Best wishes paul cretella.
Published 15 months ago by Paul Cretella
5.0 out of 5 stars Electronic's best album
I am on my 2nd version of this album, having made the mistake of lending it out never to be returned. This their first offering is for my money their best.
Published 15 months ago by Angus P. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Electronic poetry
Bernard sumner and Johnny marr at their very best. Never tires. Never grows old. A timeless classic in every way. Read more
Published 15 months ago by The Sci-Fi Fanatic
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Pop
A side project for the Pet Shop Boys, they still show their skill in making quality pop music. Not quite as dancy and mainstream as their PSB material, but very good. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jan Patrik Sahlstrøm
1.0 out of 5 stars worst reissue job ever?
I get the feeling that most comments posted so far focus on the original album itself. The label needs to know that their work on this new edition - mainly the bonus disc selection... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mister Sam
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