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Fac. Dance - Factory Records: 12" Mixes & Rarities 1980-1987 [VINYL] [Double LP]

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  • Vinyl (24 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double LP
  • Label: Strut
  • ASIN: B005G21NH6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Looking from a Hilltop (Megamix) - Section 25
2. Wild Party - A Certain Ratio
3. Puppeteer - Blurt
4. Atom Rock (New York Remix) - Quando Quango
5. Cool As Ice (Jellybean Mix) - 52nd Street
6. Art On 45 - The Royal Family and The Poor
Disc: 2
1. You've Got Me Beat - Swamp Children
2. See Them a Come - X-O-Dus
3. For Belgian Friends - The Durutti Column
4. Pretenders of Love - Shark Vegas
5. Reach for Love (New York Remix) - Marcel King
6. Smiling Monarchs - Abecedarians

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars boss 30 Oct 2011
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Fans of mainstream 80's fayre are gonna either love this or hate this-I loved it as on this are all the tunes I never bought individually and am glad I now have.All tracks are extended and there are 3 per side.The master seems just right,never forced and plays very comfortably-no jumps or crackles-lovely.
There's a great read-up printed inside the fold on one side with the tracks listed on the right side and an insert with a unique mp3 download code for a free digital copy(which was nice).
The only downside is that the product is over far too soon.I think this is mainly because we're all so used to listening to endless dance c.ds from the Balearic islands of late.
Overall I am very pleased with this vinyl.,all I have to do now is work out how to download the digital copy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant compilation 16 Feb 2012
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A fantastic compilation of the, er, "dancier" records released by the legendary Factory label in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Refreshingly they've bypassed the "big guns" - New Order, Joy Division, Happy Mondays - and gone for some of the more obscure acts such as The Swamp Children, Blurt and X-O-Dus (I'd forgotten how good their "English Black Boys" was). Listening to this compilation - excellently annotated by compiler Bill Brewster - a number of things become clear:
1. New Order's Bernard Sumner and ACR's Donald Johnson were a formidable production team, as the wonderful tracks by Section 25, 52nd Street, Marcel King, Quando Quango etc attest;
2. Marcel King's sublime "Reach for Love" should have been an absolutely enormous hit;
3. "Cool as Ice" by 52nd Street is up there with "Blue Monday" as a crucial 1980s electro-dance record
4. The quality of Factory/Factory Benelux/Factory US's output during the period was unbelievably high

The quality of the pressing and mastering are extremely good.

Overall, I can't recommend this enough to Factory freaks, Manc maniacs or '80s scholars.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting document 22 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
An interesting document of more dancefloor oriented Factory releases, quite a few tracks are (I would say) pretty difficult to like even for a Factory fan, but there are some absolute gems too which more than make up for this- Section 25, 52nd Street, A Certain Ration, Durutti Column etc. Definitely recommended for anyone with an interest in the history of dance music, and worth it if you are curious as to what else came out of this great record label apart from Joy Division and New Order.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's dance alright 5 Oct 2012
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I have to admit that, on purchasing this cd, I got a little carried away by the neat Factory artwork on the cover. Although it's description was there to see, I thought this collection would have a more post-punk approach. It turns out it is a little too "dancy" for my taste, though I suppose that those who know the stuff will find these tracks very good (or so I've read). An album better heard on the dancefloor than at home.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not all tracks as on cd version. 29 Oct 2011
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Since Amazon nor Strut Records had the lp tracklisting available here it is:

Section 25 - Looking From A Hilltop (Megamix 8:12
A Certain Ratio - Wild Party 4:17
Blurt - Puppeteer 3:22
Quando Quango - Atom Rock (Mark Kamins Mix) or (New York Remix) 7:27
52nd Street - Cool As Ice (Jellybean Mix 7:29
Royal Family & The Poor - Art On 45 4:49
Swamp Children - You've Got Me Beat 4:55
X-O-Dus - See The-A-Come 8:28
The Durutti Column - For Belgian Friends (Valuable Passages Version 5:22
Shark Vegas - Pretenders Of Love 5:08
Marcel King - Reach For Love (New York Remix 5:26
Abecedarians - Smiling Monarchs 6:47

I already have many on cd and some on 12", but the real reason I bought the cd was for Marcel King - Reach For Love (New York Remix). First time on cd as far as I'm aware. It does appear on other releases, but not this version. It now also appears on Strut Records Horse Meat Disco III.

The lp version also comes with a code to download the content as mp3s.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag, Mixed Results 30 Sep 2013
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on
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A nice collection, especially if you are a Factory Records completist, but this is such a mixed bag of dance styles, and a mixed bag as far as quality, that if you are like me, you'll be skipping some of these tracks, or lose patience trying to make it through some of the longer mixes. If you enjoy every track on here, you have broader tastes than I do. Also, some of these songs have not aged well since they were recorded in the 1980s, but on the other hand a few of these tracks still sparkle and groove, qualifying as total classics.

The first CD starts off with a bang, the classic "Looking From a Hilltop" by Section 25. This is the 8-minute "megamix" version. The first disc also has two cuts by A Certain Ratio that have held up pretty well, as well as Quando Quango's "Love Tempo." But I'm not as enchanted by some of the other tracks, and I end up skipping the one by 52nd Street (sounds like it would have been a better fit on the Tommy Boy label) and the annoying track by Blurt. The last track on Disc 1, though, "See Them A'Come" is a very hypnotic reggae/dub offering by an artist called X-O-Dus, and produced by Dennis Bovell. An odd choice, but I like it.

Both Disc 1 and Disc 2 have cuts by the always great Durutti Column, however for DC fans, these two offerings are nothing new or particularly rare. The highlights of Disc 2 include two of my very favorite Factory singles ever; "Pretenders of Love" by Shark Vegas, a tune that sounds like a great lost New Order track; and "Reach For Love" by Marcel King (produced by New Order's Bernard Sumner), which still stands as one of the best soul records of that decade. The rest of the stuff on Disc 2 ranges from mildly interesting to totally skippable.

One note; there ARE 12 tracks on each disc (Amazon lists only 11 on Disc 2). The booklet includes recording information and original release dates (I had forgotten about the excellent 1987 compilation, "Young, Popular & Sexy" that originally featured that Shark Vegas song), plus a very good essay by Mark Reeder. Not an essential purchase, but one that will bring back some good memories from those indie dance days of the 80s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of Factory History 21 Feb 2012
By Wayne M - Published on
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This is a great over all collection of The History of Factory records. It goes great with the book Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records. James Nice if you plan to read it also. Worth picking up both items.
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