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Another Pointless New Order Issue
on 30 September 2008
Power, Corruption and Lies is a wonderful New Order album, it is an album I love and is dearly treasured and important to me, and it is a crucial release in the development of the band as they slowly slip from the shadow and reputation of Joy Division and Ian Curtis.
That said PCL's shape, form and sound - as it was designed by the band in 1983 - had a beauty, intergrity and structure. This 'new edition' of NO is flaccid and unnecessary, taking away from the masterpiece that was tightly conceptually executed all those years ago.
Are people not fed up of record company's constantly issuing new versions of great albums? Why should the money men know better than the original musicians? Is not less more really?
Some of this could be excused if the 'extra tracks' were 'extra' or revelatory, but they are not. Just like all the other pointless NO reissues in this programme, the 'extra' tracks on this are not connected to the album and should not be heard in this context. And like all the other issues - none of these 'extra' tracks have not been issued before or are difficult to find.
If you love NO and music you wont buy this, save your money, buy something else by someone new or give it a good cause!