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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 (25 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Qwest / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LCK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,938 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ceremony
2. Everything's Gone Green
3. Temptation
4. Blue Monday
5. Confusion
6. Thieves Like Us
7. Perfect Kiss
8. Subculture
9. Shellshock
10. State of the Nation
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Disc: 2
1. In a Lonely Place
2. Procession
3. Mesh
4. Hurt
5. The Beach
6. Confusion Instrumental
7. Lonesome Tonight
8. Murder
9. Thieves Like Us Instrumental
10. Kiss of Death
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BBC Review

In 1987 there were two records that stood head and shoulders above the pack: Substance by New Order and Sign Of The Times by Prince. Two double albums that defined the state of transatlantic dance music before E fully took sway and beats went forever baggy.

In the 80s, New Order were yer actual ultimate singles band. Although you forced yourself to love their individual albums (Power, Corruption and Lies and Low Life come close to being great), there was always something missing. That's because their greatest tracks had been used on 45s. And in those days, the two were kept largely separate. And then, finally, as Factory's 200th release, they celebrated themselves with Substance - an apt title if ever there was one.

Released on a chunky-packaged CD, it offered a disc of A-sides and a disc of Bs - simple and somehow quite perfect. All the band's 12's were lined up in a row, and the opening six tracks of the first disc are as sublime a run as you are going to get in popular music, even with the dodgy rerecords of 'Confusion' and 'Temptation'. Here, they quickly got out of the shadow of Joy Division and found a robust dance-driven sound. And then, there it is, monolithic almost: 'Blue Monday'. Reviled by the group themselves, as it was something of a try-out for their latest equipment, it became their anthem and fully explored the possibilities of the 12' single format.

But it is the two singles on the way to this - 'Everything's Gone Green' and 'Temptation' that find the group at their best, with Bernard Sumner's naive lyrics set against a brooding cauldron of electronica that became their trademark. A new single came out to accompany Substance: 'True Faith.' Never had their pop sensibilities been so perfectly honed. Although the group enjoyed many great moments after this point, Substance should still be their time capsule release. Almost taken for granted, the way New Order brought the underground dance sounds of the US to the indie mainstream could well make them one of the most significant groups ever. --Daryl Easlea

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest double-LP of all time? 7 Jan 2005
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars New Order at their best 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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great..But Not Quite Perfect Because.. 10 Oct 2001
By A Customer
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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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slightly flawed, but still a masterpiece 15 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I could write an essay about this album, and of sorts, that is what it will be. First of all, the criticism part. There is one thing that annoys me most about this album. The idea of a compilation is to compile previously released songs on a single album. Quite why the producers saw fit to alter 'Confusion' and 'Subculture' from the brilliant songs they were to, quite honestly, noises, is beyond me. I have heard that 'Temptation' was changed too from its original form - I shall remain quiet until I own the original 12" single of it to form a judgement.
Now, after that, you may wonder why I gave this 5 stars. The answer is, this is the best compilation of songs ever. I am a largely emotionless soul, but every time I hear 'Thieves Like Us' I feel a tear swelling in my eye. '1963' is the only song I always, without fail sing along to. 'The Perfect Kiss' is, well, perfect. 'Ceremony', 'Procession', are lesser known classics. 'True Faith' and 'Bizarre Love Triangle' are New Order at their best.
Some feel that the second CD is merely an oversight, and is best left unmentioned. I will state my belief here that it is actually better than the first. 'Lonesome Tonight', 'Procession' and 'Kiss of Death' are so much better than the versions here of 'Confusion', 'Subculture' and the below par 'Shellshock' that even the overall brilliance of every other song on the album can't change this fact.
The reason why I have put so much negativity into this review is thus: I have owned this album for 3 years now. In the time I have owned it, I must have listened to it several hundred times, it is scarse that neither CD is in my player. Nothing is perfect, and the imperfections only become apparent after this length of time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Substance, Indeed 22 July 2004
By Burjiz
Format:Audio CD
There are quite a few New Order compilations on the market ("[The Best of] New Order," "Retro," and "International"), but none can top 1987's "Substance." On these two discs, we have extended and (some) remixed versions of all the group's essential singles including the then new track "True Faith." While other best-of sets do a terribly botched effort compiling the group's material, "Substance" does the best job at covering their 1980s work. The group's crowning moment, for me, is the disco pump of the classic "Blue Monday," while we get treated to earlier nuggets like the raw "Everything's Gone Green" and more recognizable hits like "Bizarre Love Triangle" and "Perfect Kiss." Two other favorites of mine are the re-recorded versions of "Temptation" and "Confusion" which are given dance-friendly makeovers. While this set doesn't include any tracks from later (and lesser) albums like "Technique" (1989) and "Republic" (1993), I still think "Substance" is the best New Order retrospective around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quality product with excellent customer service
Published 15 days ago by Mr. M. J. Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the same as CD version
Be careful if (like me) you presumed you would the same as the CD. Ceremony is the original version (not the later version with Gillian that's on Substance CD). Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. J. Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
It came in good time although apparently got sent back once due to damage in the mail.When I received
it the cd case was damaged again,so felt it could have had better... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Katrina
5.0 out of 5 stars SUBSTANCE!
This is a NEW ORDER MUST HAVE!! all the classic's.Downloaded to my Kindle fire hd and also stored on your cloud .
Published 8 months ago by keviboy
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Download
Every single track has stop/start corruption to it and there is no obvious way of re downloading the album. Better stick to I Tunes. Was really looking forward to listening to this
Published on 16 Jun 2012 by J. Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars classics from the electro 80s
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... Read more
Published on 8 May 2012 by Kraftwerker
5.0 out of 5 stars Decadent mid Eighties electronica
I loved it til the tape machine chewed the cassette. Don't make my mistake, get it on compact disc instead. Its top.
Published on 4 May 2012 by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say......classic NO from start to finsh!
This is a stalwart clasic, from when I owned the vinyl double to recently replacing it with the big fat-case CD double (which ofcourse has lots of dub mixes on it). Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2011 by M. B. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Old favourite!
I used to have this on tape years ago & felt like getting it again! Loads of old favorites
Published on 22 Jan 2011 by S. King
3.0 out of 5 stars lacking in substance
first cd are the main releases and quite poor in substance , only blue monday carries this disc .. the second disc is better with b sides and remixes etc , the only disc i play .. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2011 by Keith Randall
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