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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2004
This is one of the finest albums to grace my CD collection. Even though it is based entirely around the Madchester scene (and before) it is an excellent eclectic mix of some of the best tunes ever. It goes from early non-Manchester punk which kicked off the greatest period of mordern music. The Sex Pistols at the Free Trade Hall was the perfect catalyst. Anarchy in the UK, along with The Clash's Janie Jones show London's influence. The haunting melody of Atmosphere shows Ian Curtis at his best, with Transmission, She's Lost Control and the ubiquitous Love Will Tear Us Apart some of the best lyrics written by Curtis. Then the next generation of the scene came with the passing of Curtis, then came New Order beinging with them Blue Monday ( a must-have for any DJ). Computer generated music to shame traditionalists. Keeping in line with having the origins of the tunes on this album is Marshall Jefferson's Move Your Body of the world-renowned Trax record label, an excellant choice to shake your money maker with. The inclusion of 808 State & A Guy Called Gerald helps re-kindle those memories for those around at the time of The Hacienda, and makes mere youngsters like myself wonder what we missed. Buy this!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2005
This film is almost an all time classic story of the Madchester scene and The Hacienda. For those of us lucky enough to have been there it brings back a lot of the memories that certain substances may have made rather vague! Saying that the plot is not a 100% truth, it's mainly Anthony H Wilsons career story intermingled with sections of his personal life and the founding & ending of Factory Records with lots of bands and fantastic music thrown in. Keep your eyes open for some of the cameo appearances from members of the groups of the day, and other famous yet somewhat unexpected faces in roles (Peter Kay is in there for one!) Fans of Joy Division/New Order, Happy Mondays and those with memories of The Hacienda buy this film. Hell, buy it anyway, it'll show you what you missed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2003
This is a fantastic album in it's own right, forgetting that it's the soundtrack to a film. There are no duff filler "inspired by" tracks here, all are relevant to the time which the film documents - starting late 70's with Joy Division through to the Hacienda days of 808 State and Happy Mondays. It was interesting to hear the Duretti Column track, which I hadn't heard of previously, I absolutely love it now. I'd recommend this album to any Indie fan, and anyone who wants to know where the Ecstacy/Clubbing thing started.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2003
Don't listen to the fools who wanted more 'unexpected' tracks on this CD. The CD reflects the brilliant tracks that most people will agree were the best during the Factory/Rough Trade period. A film soundtrack is about getting as many good tunes on a CD as possible, not one that 'some' people think are good or ones taht are unexpected. Anyway the only thing that it lacks, like the film is a Smiths/Morrissey track.
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on 21 August 2013
Love this soundtrack. Loved the film. In fact I did a little dance to this in my car - and that's quite difficult.
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on 24 January 2015
A fine collection of Manchester's best, even Mr Anthony H Wilson thought so.
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on 6 November 2014
Brilliant CD. Good for a Saturday night. Would highly recommend.
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8 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2002
As flawed as the greats that frequented Manchester at the time, this soundtrack maps an era that will always be looked upon with affection from those who were there. True, there are some additions that may stick out from the others (Moby's, for example - but give the man credit for wanting to pay homage!). Yet the fact (no pun intended) remains that this is a soundtrack that's as eclectic as the film. It could have featured 'Shall we take a trip?' by Northside (known to Granadaland viewers as also being the theme to Granada Soccer Night), or 'Folklore' by James. And not to have any Smiths, Stone Roses, Fall or Inspiral Carpets is somewhat incongruous. But its still a cracker - any soundtrack that pays belated and full airing to the greatest band ever (Joy Division) deserves success.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2004
I love the movie and wanted a few tracks from it to stick on my ipod so I bought the soundtrack.
Having bought soundtracks before then finding the one song I really like is not on the cd but three tracks that were not in the film take pride of place, I was really pleased with this one.
If you like the music from the film, buy it, if you don't, don't. Simple as that.
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29 of 83 people found the following review helpful
Pity they didn't go for a double cd- an 'American Graffiti' for 1976-1990ish. S'pose we'll have the obligatory sequel albums a la 'Trainspotting'. The joys of banal marketing. For such a great, classy label as Factory this seems like a severely average compilation- the 'Palatial', 'Hacienda' & 'Here are the Young Men' compilations are much better. This is closer to the mass-market nostalgia of Oliver Stone's duff 'The Doors'. I s'pose Tony Wilson has been trying to turn Joy Division into the Doors for decades...
This opens with 'Anarchy in the UK'- yes, very important & very overfamiliar- something that influenced Joy Division such as Black Sabbath, the Ig or Can would have been better (though the latters 'Halleluwah' is not included for fear we may notice that Happy Mondays were startingly unoriginal). We then get a remix of the fine John Cale produced '24 Hour Party People'- either brilliant or excerable- I still can't decide!- so a bit of a blur of periods...Next up is the divine 'Transmission'- that bass, those drums, that voice, that guitar- as with the other Joy Div tracks- there is never enough, get 'Heart & Soul'. The obvious ones are here: 'Atmosphere', 'She's Lost Control' & 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'. The Moby 'New Dawn Fades' is w**k- stick with the timeless original...We get Buzzcocks#2 doing 'Ever Fallen in Love'- again too obvious, couldn't we have had something from 'Spiral Scratch' or 'Everybody's Happy Nowadays'? The obviousness of this compilation is irritating- I take it that this is aimed at the film's demograph- let the cross-fertilising promotion begin?...The Clash's 'Janie Jones' made more sense in 'Bringing Out the Dead'- perhaps it would have been better to have something more local: Slaughter & Dogs for eg- The Clash are a LONDON band & don't fit with the Man/Madchester concept. They're also screamingly overrated & sloganeering...We get 'Otis' by Durutti Column, kind of typical- though 'The Missing Boy', dedicated to Ian Curtis would have been more relevant...Next up is one of the greatest tracks of all time, A Guy Called Gerald's 'Voodoo Ray'- not only one of the best Acid House tunes, but one of the best dance tunes ever & a Hacienda classic...Confusingly we go back to 1982 for 'Temptation'- which is one of New Order's finest moments, Barney sounding a bit like Ian Curtis with electronica finding its way in. 'Blue Monday' is a very obvious inclusion- tracks like 'Lonesome Tonight', 'Thieves Like Us' & 'Fine Time' would have been better choices. The turgid Chemical Bros. help out on 'Here to Stay'- which is as average as the 'Get Ready' album...Along with a remix of 'Hallelujah' we get 'Loose Fit' by the Mondays-doh!- where is their anthem 'WFL'?.We do get a great 808 State moment- 'Pacific State'..Marshall Jefferson's 'Move Yr Body' is fine- but as with 'Voodoo Ray' it's too little- check out the channel 4 dance compilation released last year regarding history of dance music.
So, a missed opportunity- the idea of encapsulating Joy Division/New Order to a single cd is idiotic in itself. Plus we could have had great tracks like 'Mickey Way' by ACR, 'Smile in the Crowd' by Durutti Column or something by Magazine ('Shot by both Sides', 'Model Worker'). Or even bands from 'Electric Circus'- such as The Fall?...Finally let's not forget that a lot of music around Madchester was either cack or The Stone Roses (the Hooky-produced 'Elephant Stone' or Sumner's Mike Pickering collaboration would have been relevant!)...Better off hunting out the original Factory compilations (the Hacienda one came out in 1997) and getting tips on what to buy from that time from books such as 'Head On' (Julian Cope), 'Nothing' (Paul Morley), 'Time Travel' (Jon Savage) & Wilson's must-buy novelisation.
Hope the film is better than the soundtrack.
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