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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive compilation
OK, so the last thing we need right now is another New Order compilation! And it more than smacks of the record company cashing in on New Order's back catalogue - but most fans admit that until now, there hasn't been a decent follow-up to 1987's "Substance". Each attempt since then has been extremely flawed - the shockingly bad "best of" released in 1994 didn't contain...
Published on 3 Oct. 2005 by horsepills

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3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing songs, but this sounds awful
I love New Order and despite a few minor niggles about edits and remixes and so on I think it would be a great introduction to anyone unfamiliar with the band. Sure, maybe the more recent material doesn't quite stand up to the earlier stuff, but that is a matter of taste and I'm sure a more casual pop listener may not worry about such things. It is very definitely a great...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make A New Order For This, 11 Oct. 2005
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New Order have been topping UK charts for a good 25 years now, and have had a lot of success, with Bernard Summer's excellent vocals and a whole host of musicians, vocalists and some catchy ideas.
This is not the first time New Order have made a greatest hits, so when I saw this I was pleased as I wanted a CD with all the best of New Order, instead of hurling round 12 CDs and searching through them for the singles, but if you have the "The best Of New Order", you're not going to find much new here, and dedicated fans have everything on these 2CDs anyway.
One of the disapointments about this set is some of the tracks on CD1 are made specially for the CD: for example, Shellshock is cut to fit a "single" size, when really it lasts a good 6-7mins, and is a classic. They've also cut some of the other stuff, but for Blue Monday fans, it's there in it's entirety, confusion isn't in it!
If you like New Order, but don't want to own the discography, this is a must, tracks like Blue Monday have definately lasted against time, when you hear the beats, synths and vocals, if you didn't know it was recorded in '83, then you'd be clueless that it's not a classic electonic track.
Other gems on here include the Word Cup anthem "world in motion", with John Barnes' comical rap; 1963, with it's sad tale about a guy wanting to kill his brother; confusion, with it's cool avant garde usage of electronica; thieves like us with it's walking beat and nice riffs and of course regret, my favourite song on the album.
Definately one worth getting, or buying for someone else for Christmas
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Order Magic, 15 Aug. 2014
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A great collection of some timeless classics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 Oct. 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 22 Jan. 2015
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4.0 out of 5 stars A game of two halves, 23 Sept. 2010
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Musical history in edited form, particularly on the immaculate first disc. It's just weird hearing some of these songs in a 3 minute format, having grown up with the usual 6-10 minute mixes. The end of the second disc, let's be honest, is not as good as the rest of the set. Not the usual "I preferred their early stuff" gripe, it's just that the songs are clearly less inventive, and the melodies (crucial in all the early stuff) seem lacking. Still, totally worth buying!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Feb. 2015
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On time great
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Everything's Gone Green' Has Gone Missing, 8 Oct. 2005
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Mark T. Ferguson Jr. "Music Enthusiast" (Chickamauga, GA) - See all my reviews
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This compilation is wonderful except for the absence of the proper third track (at least on my copy). There end up being three versions of "Blue Monday" on this compilation, the first one taking the place of what should be the third track, "Everything's Gone Green." Is this true for anyone else who's bought this?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The great, the average & the mediocre..., 8 Oct. 2005
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Jason Parkes (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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New Order have been accorded a compilation before - the singles-collection 'Substance 1987', 'The Complete Peel Sessions', 'The Best/Rest of'-compilations & the patchy box-set a few years ago. I take it that 'Waiting for the Siren's Call' stiffed, since this compilation appeared very soon after its release?

Disc One starts off wonderfully - the 15 tracks here are mostly great and infrequently average or mediocre. The gorgeous 'Ceremony' opens working as an elegy for Ian Curtis - though I always thought 'In a Lonely Place' was a better song. This compilation neatly adds 'Procession' to the tracklisting, something overlooked on 'Substance 1987'- this is a return to the territory Joy Division began to explore on songs like 'Isolation' & 'Decades.' Its relative 'Everything's Gone Green' advances further, this is the point between the bleak 'Movement' and 'Power, Corruption & Lies' where Bernard Sumner began to focus on synths and listen to electronic music by Giorgio Moroder (it's also great to hear Peter Hook's bass-playing before it lapsed into self-imitation!)'Substance 1987' had re-recordings of 'Temptation' & 'Confusion', so it's nice that 'Singles' puts the originals back in their rightful place. This is the point where Sumner allegedly began dressing in a white lab-coat and ingesting LSD - 'Temptation' certainly feels psychedelic with its "up, down, turn around - please don't let me hit the ground" and "green eyes/grey eyes" refrains. New Order were now moving into the electronic-inflected territory such peers as Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire,The Human League, Soft Cell, The Normal/Silicon Teens, OMD, Depeche Mode, Ultravox!, BEF/Heaven 17, Associates & Psychic TV were similarly exploring (the common assumption New Order were pioneers is a bit of a joke...)'Blue Monday' is always one of the greatest singles ever created, despite emanating from a mistake Stephen Morris made during a version of '5-8-6'! I always loved 'Confusion' which is the point where New Order met New York in its post-No-Wave/Ze-state that produced great records by Was (Not Was) and Jellybean/Madonna (as well as something like 'Let the Music Play')New Order collaborated with Arthur Baker and explored similar climes to Freeez's 'IOU' - even better was 'Thieves Like Us'- one of New Order's finest moments, despite having the silliest lyrics ever uttered ("love is the air that supports the eagle"????? - take it that Ecstasy wasn't outlawed in the US til 1985!!!).

The two tracks from 'Low Life' showcase the good and bad points of this 'Singles'-compilation - the 12" version of 'Subculture' was tedious stuff with lots of soul-backing vocals (if ABC had released it no one would have batted an eyelid), so nice to have the 7"-take here which is much more like it.Conversely, not having the full-length 'Perfect Kiss' as found on 'Substance 1987' is a bit disappointing. 'Shellshock' is a catchy single written with John Robie for the film 'Pretty in Pink'- though some of the electronics are a bit '19'!!!! 'State of the Nation' is an appalling single with some good bits - demonstrated by the fact that part of it recurred in 1989's 'Mr Disco' Fortunately the first disc goes out on a high with a stunning sequence - 'Bizarre Love Triangle' (namedropped wonderfully in Douglas Coupland's 'Girlfriend in a Coma' & frequently my favourite New Order song), 'True Faith' and its flipside '1963' (later released as a single in the mid-90s replete with a Jane Horrocks starring promo) and 'Touched By the Hand of God' - a song from the soundtrack of 'Salvation!'. So far so great...apart from 'State of the Nation'...

The second disc punctures a hole in the New Order as genius gods - there are some great tracks still - 'Fine Time', the single-mix of 'Round & Round', 'Regret' and 'Crystal' but the rest is very patchy and frequently average and mediocre. 'Blue Monday 1988' is kind of superfluous - why remix heaven? 'Run 2' now amusingly carries a co-writing song credit for the late John Denver (whose lawyers proved a similarity to 'Leaving on a Jet Plane') - 'World in Motion' is probably the best song here, which suggests that Keith Allen should have become a full-time member!!!! The 'Republic'-era to be fair was grim - the end of Factory and the Hacienda and appalling band relationships as well as side-projects overlapping to a degree. 'Regret' is a fine song, 'Ruined in a Day' suitably moody if not that grabbing - while 'Spooky' has some great bits but doesn't really gel. 'World Price of Love' is terrible and just sounds like a bad Electronic song (which it basically was). Ironic that Hook & Sumner were releasing much better songs in their side-projects - notably 'Getting Away With It' & 'What Do You Want from Me'! New Order were going through the motions at this stage - so the later tracks here at least show them trying, though the two albums 'Get Ready' & '...Siren's Call' did little for me.

'Crystal' is a fine song, one of the few great moments on 'Get Ready', while '60 Miles an Hour' sounds just like...New Order. It could have been on 'Low Life' or 'Brotherhood' - which is not that great for a supposedly cutting edge band. The single 'Here to Stay' was recorded for the fun '24 Hour Party People', though is a bit nondescript and certainly not as good as Sumner's prior collaboration with the Chemical Brothers. New Order tried on the last album, attempting to work with different producers - lead single 'Krafty' uses John Leckie, sadly to little effect - it sounds like an OMD-reject. 'Jetstream' is even worse, reliant on a guest appearance from the girl who can't sing very well in Scissor Sisters with lyrics that make Keith Allen seem like Ian Curtis...

'Singles' contains 18 singles that could be argued to be the greatest singles of all time - there is much great here, but please, can we get away from the idea that New Order are always great? The second disc is very hit and miss, like peers Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys, they seem to have reached a patchy period in their careers. I probably haven't got over Gillian Gilbert being replaced by a guy who looks like a roadie (I know it was a family matter...just not New Order without her, even if she did nought!). Rumours that New Order are going to record material with John Cale as producer, perhaps related to the upcoming film based on 'Touching from a Distance' suggests that New Order aren't over yet.

'Singles' is a fine primer, which I suppose is its function,it should be noted that many great New Order songs aren't here -'Dreams Never End', 'In a Lonely Place', 'Your Silent Face', 'Age of Consent', 'Lonesome Tonight', 'Love Vigilantes', 'Sunrise', 'Elegia', 'Every Little Counts', 'Angel Dust', 'Paradise', 'Dream Attack', 'Vanishing Point', 'Liar' and 'Run Wild.' A frequently brilliant, frequently patchy band - something that 'Singles' certainly demonstrates-
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Dec. 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it, 27 April 2015
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