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International:The Best of New Order CD+DVD, Limited Edition, Import

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Biography by Jason Ankeny

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 (17 Feb. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD+DVD, Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: London
  • ASIN: B000088EBF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,504 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ceremony
2. Blue Monday
3. Confusion
4. Thieves Like Us
5. Perfect Kiss
6. Shellshock
7. Bizarre Love Triangle [Extended Dance Mix]
8. True Faith
9. Touched by the Hand of God [Original 12"]
10. Round and Round
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. True Faith (Video)
2. Perfect Kiss (Video]
3. Blue Monday (Video) (Live)

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New Order ~ International: Best Of New Order

International isn't the first New Order compilation. The curmudgeonly Mancunians' back-catalogue highlights have already been amply abridged by two previous compilations (Substance 87 and Best of) as well as a voluminous, shelf-hugging four-CD boxset, Retro. International, on the other hand, is more of an exercise in compacting New Order's most auspicious hits--"True Faith", "Regret", "Blue Monday", etc--into a single digestable disc and is targeted, presumably, at overseas neophytes who climbed on board in the wake of 2001's excellent, internationally-successful comeback album Get Ready. This probably explains the omission of the 1990 England footie singalong "World in Motion"--a number one record and an anthem inspirational enough to jolly Bobby Robson's boys all the way along to those semi-final tears in Turin but too parochial to break the ice, say, in a Buenos Aires nightclub.

Less excusable is the decision to bypass two authentic New Order classics--1982's "Temptation" (where the provisional electronic loops cut through the post-Joy Division gloom like a lighthouse beam shining through a pea-souper) and 1988's Balearic mish-mash watershed "Fine Time". Otherwise, this compilation does its duty, serving up--in commendably chronological fashion--such glistening Europop moments as "Perfect Kiss" and the quasi-classical arpeggios of "Bizarre Love Triangle", two records that barely made a cent at the time but which continue to grow in distinction, positively swelling with the ripeness of technological ambition and joi-de-vivre. --Kevin Maidment

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
New Order's Career Spanning Retrospective. 16 Jun. 2003
By Louie Bourland - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It's difficult to believe that the members of New Order have been together for over 25 years including their years as Joy Division. During those 25 years, the band has entertained millions with their unique brand of alternative rock and dance music. Without a doubt, New Order are pioneering musicians. Bernard Sumner shows that it's cool not to have a great singing voice and still sound good. Peter Hook is a master bass player who uses the instrument as a lead guitar. Drummer Stephen Morris is a rhythm machine all to himself while keyboardist Gillian Gilbert ties everything together with her etherial chord strokes.
After releasing two retrospectives, 1987's "Substance" and 1995's "Best of New Order", the band has released the career-spanning "International". This album includes 14 of New Order's best known songs and serves as a good introduction to the band's music.
The disc does have its pros and cons however. Several of the band's key tracks such as "Subculture", "Temptation" and "Fine Time" are not included on this compilation. Also, the 1987 remake of "Confusion" which appeared on "Substance" also appears here instead of its original 1983 version which is far superior.
The version of "The Perfect Kiss" included here is the edited version which also appears on the band's "Lowlife" album as opposed to the full-length 9-minute version which is on "Substance" and the original 12" single.
On the good side, this is the only place where you can find the rare hit "Touched By The Hand Of God". Also, there are classics such as "Blue Monday", "True Faith", "Thieves Like Us" and "Shellshock". The latter two tracks were featured in the 1986 Brat-pack flick "Pretty In Pink". If that isn't enough, the album also comes with a bonus DVD. While it only includes three video tracks, it's a delight to see this band in action. The live performance of "Blue Monday" is astonishing to watch especially Peter Hook's performance on electronic drums.
Altogether, the good outweighs the bad with this compilation. I recommend this compilation for those who are just beginning to discover New Order. If you like it, pick up "Substance" which goes ever deeper into the band's career. If you like that, run out and buy every album the band has ever made and you'll be set.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
go buy Substance or even 'The Best" 13 Mar. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The new compilation by new order could've/should've been much better than this. I think the last compilation(best of) was a much more comprehensive set than this. This is more of an edited Substance with a few songs from their later set. They didn't include the original version of Confusion, used an edit of "Perfect Kiss" and pretty much ignored Technique/Republic. I only bought this for the free dvd. I already have the Live at Finsbury, so all I really wanted were the two music videos. Although True Faith is fine, the bastards used an edited version of "Perfect Kiss," not the full length version found on the video and laserdisc!! That was probably the main reason for me to buy this compilation. So as you can imagine, i'm feeling pretty ripped off. So do yourself and buy the "best of" or substance and ignore this (or just buy it used, like I should have!)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Buy this for the remastering effort!!! 14 Jun. 2004
By ctrlx - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The earlier tracks here have never sounded this good. Remember 1986, when you ran out and bought Low-life and Brotherhood on CD? And you raved about how this new medium was INVENTED for THIS band? Then you shoved your old vinyl copies in a closet?
Well, here we are in 2004 (actual release 10/2002) and it appears they are finally getting around to remastering some of the tracks, probably due to Rhino's involvement. The sound on "Substance" just doesn't cut it anymore. I can't say this is worth full price, even with the bonus DVD. And the inclusion of three tracks from the recent "Get Ready" is unjustified. But the sound quality is SPECTACULAR. The clarity of Hook's bass lines has never been captured so well. The new transfers demonstrate very clean low- and sub-bass which can't be found elsewhere.
Hunt for this one in the bargain bins until the full catalog gets the remastering it deserves.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Bonus DVD!!! 24 Oct. 2003
By Matthew D. Davis - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Ok...this cd was ok, but nothing new. The main reason I bought it was for the dvd which is worth it 100%. I love the music videos for"true faith" and "perfect kiss". Blue monday is live from 5/11. I am not sure what year that is supposed to be, but I assume it was pretty recent since they look much older. "Blue monday-live from 5/11" is not my favorite on the 3 song dvd, but it is still really good. I would have prefered the music video for blue monday, but oh well...perhaps they will release some kind of video colection and I will buy it. If you are a new fan, I highly recommend "substance 1987" instead of this. That has most of these songs on it except for the last 4 or so. I would recommend this however for someone who is buying a new order release for the first time because it is all there hits, and you get a pretty good visual with the dvd. Substance is somewhat pricy especially for someone who is not even sure about this band. However stay away from the cd entitled "best of" until you have heard either this or substance. It is really good, but the track list is almost entirely different, and it isn't a great starter album. It is great for a secondary purchase though after you have bought "substance" or this one "international". But overall it is good as far as track selection goes, and as far as the dvd goes, it is a great companion to go with it. I can't complain.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Stingy track selection 20 Aug. 2003
By DMG - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Umm, it's a disgrace to try to narrow down the best of New Order into 14 tracks on one CD. You just can't do it. That is why I feel very essential tracks are unfortunately missing. I won't get into them all, but two that immediately come to mind are "Vanishing Point" and "World", two of my favorite New Order songs. These songs did happen to be on the '95 best of. Why not now? They haven't decreased in value. I could go into a bunch of way older songs that should be on too, but I won't. The bottom line is, just buy all their albums. And get this album only for the improved sound (digitally remastered). It is amazing how much more powerful tracks like True Faith and Shellshock and Bizarre Love Triangle sound on my car system as compared to the tracks off of Substance. I hope all of New Order's albums are re-released digitally remastered. They already did it with the earlier albums for Tears For Fears, Duran Duran, and Pet Shop Boys. Depeche Mode should follow too hopefully. NEW ORDER GETS 5 STARS, THE TRACK STINGINESS GETS 3.
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