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Rising from the ashes of the legendary British post-punk unit Joy Division, the enigmatic New Order triumphed over tragedy to emerge as one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of the 1980s; embracing the electronic textures and disco rhythms of the underground club culture many years in advance of its contemporaries, the group's pioneering fusion of ... Read more in Amazon's New Order Store

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  • Audio CD (27 Aug. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: LONDON RECORDS
  • ASIN: B00005MOSX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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NEW ORDER Get Ready (2001 10-track CD album featuring guest appearances from Primal Scream The Chemical Brothers and Billy Corgan including Crystal picture sleeve)

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On Get Ready, New Order, the band who wrote the immediate future of electronic dance music on 1983's omnipotent "Blue Monday", return ready to rock--there's nothing vaguely Arthur Baker or Balearic here. For the most part, Get Ready keeps the keyboards trim and unobtrusive and revels in raw drums and wires; Bernard Sumner's funk-inclined, scratchy dog-with-fleas guitars; Peter Hook's shin-level punk bass lines; sinuous human greyhound Steve Morris--possibly the thinnest chap ever to grace a drum stool--kicking the machines into touch and keeping time with clockwork proficiency. All that, and those finely conceived bittersweet melodies, plus some questionable phrases: "It's like honey, you can't buy it with money" sings Sumner on the otherwise splendid "Crystal", a natural, guitar-rock pop-song successor to the mighty "Regret". And if "60 Miles an Hour" is a mite melodically predictable, then "Primitive Notion" is a thrilling throwback to Joy Division's "Heart and Soul". Try humming that bass line, tapping out that drum pattern and then compare the line "Don't look at me with your critical smile" to Ian Curtis's "I observe with a critical eye". Whatever, there's a cracking chorus right up there in the naggingly memorable "True Faith" / "Love Will Tear Us Apart" category. Of the much-publicised collaborations (the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie) it's the lusty half-Stones/half-Stooges leather-trousered swagger of "Rock the Shack"--with the Primal Scream frontman mewing like a lecherous tomcat--which steals the limelight. But in the grand old tradition of leaving the best until last, "Run Wild" is perhaps New Order's most touching moment--folky acoustic guitar, lonesome sentiment, teardrop melodica, the line "If Jesus comes to take your hand, I won't let go" and warm strings sweeping in to offer support like the touch of a much-cherished comfort blanket. Get Ready is a great album, one which secures New Order's future far further than they could have imagined. --Kevin Maidment

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Notebook-aholic on 9 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A totally absorbing album. What surprises me most, as a long-time New Order fan, is that I can forgive the weaker lyrics and the off-rhythm rhyming for the basic joy of that indefinable sound - it's as urgent and as compelling as ever. Get Ready is excellent - and like many of the better albums I have heard - the more you listen to it, the stronger it gets. Best track - Crystal, but Primitive Notion is right up there. It's comparable to U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind - the same return to form of a Premier League group.You really ought to have this album in your collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
'Get Ready' is one of the few albums I've bought recently which I've enjoyed right from the outset and without a period of 'growing on me'.
This is a definite return to form for New Order, especially after the curate's egg that was 'Republic' (when it was good it was good, otherwise ...) and the rather limp 'Best Of/Rest Of ...' collections.
What we have here is basically 9 absolutely blistering tunes plus 'Run Wild', definitely the odd man out but proving that New Order can pull off the acoustic ballad when they want to. That said, if you're looking for a dancefest in the vein of 'Technique' then you're going to be disappointed - this is very much a guitar/drums/bass-driven album with occasional bits of keyboard by way of sonic decoration. And it works. Beautifully.
It's difficult to pick any standout tracks; the single "Crystal" sounds most like 'typical' New Order, with Peter Hook's bass soaring over fuzzed-up guitar chords, 'Rock the Shack' is a down 'n dirty track featuring Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie amd 'Primitive Notion' sounds an awful lot like the Joy Division of old (listen to the intro ...)
Whilst the film '24hr Party People' undoubtedly renewed interest in bands like New Order (and the Manchester scene in general), and hence this album, it would have stood out even without this extra bit of publicity - it's that good.
Definitely worth a spin.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "samsong14" on 3 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
WHAT A RECORD!! I love New Order music but, after the disappointing "Republic"(1993), I thought the band had nothing to say anymore.I was wrong: "Get Ready" is one of the best records ever made!
There is everything in it: Bernie's unique voice and lyrics, Hooky's bass, Joy Division riffs...that "New Order spirit" that makes even the simplest things sound GREAT!!
Ok..they're not great musicians,their songs are not particularly difficult but they've got a strength and a special something that you can't find anywhere else. New Order are just New Order:when they act seperately (Monaco, Electronic..)they are just "ok", but when they all get together they are simply SUPERB!!
Crystal" is one of those songs that makes you wonder all the time why you feel it's so special and why you keep on singing it 24h a day.
"60mph" is pure gorgeous pop!"Turn my way" is so strange and beautiful, while "Vicious Streak" is so catchy and intense. "Primitive Notion" is the perfect Joy Division single of the new millennium.
"Someone like you" is one of the best new wave songs ever written, maybe the highlight of the album,together with "Crystal", "Vicious streak" and the last two songs of the album: simply "delicious".
It's definitely the best New Order album(at least as good as"Tecnique"(1988).It's one of those records without a weak moment,that gives you a powerful,intense and emotional time:it's worth waiting for another 8 years if the result is another great album like this. Things change..but New Order are still New Order!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By usaholiday@hotmail.com on 4 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Undivided Joy!
For a new New Order album, how ready could people that already knew the band be? Finally, after so long a wait, some of the best New Order material makes its way to the population. No, I'm not a Manchester ring-in, or wannabee. Get Ready, (and Crystal), have made it to the shores of Sydney, Australia, and not a moment too soon. I cannot believe just how beautiful Turn My Way is, and how different Crystal is to historical New Order singles, while still keeping the New Order feel and sound. While Rock the Shack may not really be what I'd expect from New Order, I'm happy enough that they have tried to vary themselves, in small quantities, with some Jam influences. This Album is not just another dole out of the same. Instead, it retains what the bands music and lyrics are all about, their distinct sound, and adds new layers and depth. To call it a mature sound is foolish, they already had a mature sound. This is New Order. There is always another layer, always just out of sight, until they themselves decide to let it slip...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sossij on 6 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
New Order? They were Joy Division, right? That peculiar outfit backed only by the likes of John Peel. Not worth bothering with? Outdated has-beens? WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!
This is one of the most finely crafted rock albums I have EVER heard. The opening track, Crystal, starts with weird-woman wailing, and no hint of the powerful driving beat that is going to hit you in a few bars. The effect is quite literally, stunning.
When they try the same trick on the next track, 60 Miles an Hour, you fall for it all over again. This is the track that you will find yourself whistling as you go off to work in the morning.
You get a respite for the next 2 slower, more introspective tracks, then its back to the fierce driving rhythm for the rest of the album, except for the gentle love song that is the last track.
This band would be the child of a union between U2 and The Cure (feel U2 in track 4, and The Cure in 5)and has upstaged both its parents. Dont overlook the lyrics, either. Trite, they are NOT.
BUY IT! You will not regret it for a moment.I cant get enough of this!
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