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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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Product details

  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of, Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B005NALOMK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,800 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

12 Tracks recorded 1981-1987:

Side 1:
Ceremony
Everthing's Gone Green
Temptation

Side 2:
Blue Monday
Confusion
Thieves Like Us

Side 3:
Perfect Kiss
Subculture
Shellshock

Side 4:
State of the Nation
Bizarre Love Triangle
True Faith

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This superlative double album deserves to be mentioned alongside the likes of Highway 61 Revisited, Sergeant Pepper and so on. It may be a compilation album, but the range and quality of material is astounding, from the sombre beauty of Ceremony, the eerie psychedelia of Everything's Gone Green (one of NO's most underrated tracks), all the way through to True Faith, one of the most perfect pop singles ever recorded. The fact that some NO fans may carp at the reworkings of Temptation, Confusion and Subculture, (which are all fabulous, by the way) and so-called lesser tracks such as Shellshock and State of the Nation, only goes to show what high standards New Order had set themselves by the mid-eighties. The first disc is incontestable proof that, as a singles band, New Order are were (and are) simply untouchable.
The second disc, containing the corresponding B-sides, is fantastic too -although not as immediately gratifying as the first, you'll find yourself soming back to it more and more to get a different "take" on the A-Sides. Furthermore, it contains gems such as 1963 and Procession, which could quite easily have been singles in their own right.
A final note to all NO diehards out there: if you want the definitive version of Substance, try and get your hand on the cassette version, which contains extra tracks: the fragile beauty Mesh, as well the corking re-mixes Dubvulture, Shellcock and the mighty Shep Pettibone mix, Bizarre Dub Triangle. I know cassettes are crap, but you'll have a hard time finding these tracks otherwise!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nugent Dirt on 8 Sept. 2014
Format: Audio CD
I'll start off by saying I'm still a pretty big Joy Division fan. Sure the music was not exactly a pick me up for those times when you're down and Ian Curtis may not have been the greatest of singers but JD was one of those bands that had the X factor where the whole exceeded the sum of the parts. And it is those early tracks carrying the mark of JD that trounce the other NO material. I'm talking of Ceremony, Temptation, Everything's Gone Green, Procession and Mesh. Then there is the proper JD track In A Lonely Place starting off CD2. With Blue Monday the NO shorn of its JD past starts out on a high but thereafter the quality of the tunes diminishes into pretty clumsy and dancefloor fodder. As the mini EP which contained the aforementioned tracks is out of print Substance is essential but is let down by the weaker later tracks, where 80s drum machine and monophonic synth sounds make them sound dated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Basket Press on 13 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I have both vinyl and CD versions of this set and both are extremely excellent! They capture the best of New Order to that date, but the CD version wins by dint of the second disc containing B-sides from all the singles, my only quibble being the lack of Dub Vulture (just get the 12" for that).

This is frequently played late on a Friday or Saturday, when a drink or 2 has been consumed, in a forlorn attempt to recreate the night in The Warehouse in Leeds in 1984 when Blue Monday, and thus post-Movement New Order, finally made sense to me.

Where would a lot of dance music be without New Order?

Buy it and lose yourself...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. N. Nixon on 25 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
The reviews already posted on here combine outpourings of love and nostalgia and mini-essays on New Order. But at their best they WERE that good. If you were around you don't need telling. If you're checking out New Order to find out why they mattered then I strongly suggest you start here, and not with the one disc best of. This twofer is the essence of what made New Order great, it lacks later singles but it packs extended work-outs, ambitious b-sides and the big fat restless mixes that made them a dance sensation. The lengthy tracks simply make it more obvious that this band wrote hypnotic melodies, laid just enough instruments on each track and used the tricks and technology of the time with intelligence. There are compilations out there offering up 80s 12" singles so thick with electronic keyboards and fussy knob-twiddling production that the original songs are all but lost. This assured collection shows New Order were up there with the best for most of the decade and they never lost sight of the need for a good lyric, a timely guitar lick or a slamming tune. Classic!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Not all the singles here are the original 12" versions: "Ceremony" is the re-recorded version, not the superb original rendition done before Gillian joined the band.
"Temptation" is a 1987 remixed edit, "Confusion" is also a dodgy sounding 1987 remix, "Subculture" is slightly altered from it's original form, "Hurt" has 2 minutes cut off from it's original 12" form and "The Perfect Kiss" has 40 seconds sliced off from the end of the song.
Despite all this it's still a fantastic album.
"Blue Monday", "True Faith", "Bizarre Love Triangle" and "Thieves Like Us" are the main highlights, but "Everything's Gone Green", "1963" and "Murder" are great too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kraftwerker on 8 May 2012
Format: MP3 Download
This collection of NO tracks from the 1980s perfectly showcases both their songwriting ability (see the b-side songs like 1963, Lonesome Tonight, Mesh and Procession) and their knowledge of the dancefloor sounds of the era - only Pet Shop Boys come close I think in choosing their remixers and producers so carefully. All the movers and shakers of that period are here: Shep Pettibone, Arthur Baker and John Robie. If you can though, it is worth tracking down the individual vinyl 12" singles; many of the versions were edited down to lose a couple of minutes or so in order to fit on CD originally (only the mighty Blue Monday and its dub b-side The Beach seem to have escaped unscathed among the supposed 12" versions here). The vinyl versions have greater depth and bass too IMO.
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