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Ceremony - A New Order Tribute
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on 10 July 2013
The double CD set is stunning, if only for the sheer variety of music styles that have been grafted onto the New Order tracks and the fact that most of them stand up as versions in their own right, rather than cheap copies of the originals. It shows the strength of the songs which allow themselves to be smacked around via electro, rock, acoustic, indie, dance and grunge, without being murdered in the process. What then follows are bands that look to New Order as their music mentors. Yes But No, fronted by two sisters age 10 and 13, do a well credible cover of "Ceremony", which mixes their sniding at the back of the school choir voices with some serious geetar sniping at the front. If that's them playing, be scared...be very scared! Bands with brilliant names like Kites With Lights, Rabbit In The Moon, The Dark Esquire and Light Yourself On Fire all have go at putting their mark on New Order's back catalogue, with The Cloud Room's non dance mesmerising version of "Blue Monday" probably the standout. Also worth checking out is The Dark Romantics version of "Crystal" which sounds like Roy Orbison whipped with Echo and The Bunnymen and the Goth in the cupboard of the IT Crowd. Jimmy Oakes does a great acoustic version of "Love Vigilantes", John Ralston flips "All Day Long" into a classic ballad format wallpapered with shimmering guitars, The Dark Esquire's version of "Temptation" is exactly as you'd expect from the name, and Johnny Parry's "The Him" grafts trumpets and operatics onto a Nick Cave-esque soundscape. On Disc Two more indie rock influenced tracks come out to play including the Detachments doing "The Perfect Kiss", Flight doing "Your Silent Face", Kingsbury doing "This Time Of Night" and Allegra Gellar doing "Leave Me Alone". There's also top original takes on "Blue Monday" from The Cloud Room and a piano led "Ceremony" from The Sheaks. In contrast, Light Yourself On Fire do a hard core grunge version of "Chosen Time", while XOXO unplug "Every Little Counts" and Jimmy Oakes uploads "Bizarre Love Triangle" into a higher key. Win Win Winter take "Regret" into the realms of the epic and The Milling Gowns do an intrepid 3am bar room version of "1963". The CD set ends with a Kites With Lights Remix of Yes But No's "Ceremony", echoing its echoes of New Order. Overall the CD set stands up on its own merits, although mining the deep vein of talent and genius that is/was New Order. -- Salford Star

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Ceremony - The Digital Album with additional cover versions that didn't fit on this double CD - Ceremony the Digital..
Twelve Versions of Ceremony - 12 takes on their classic debut single - A New Order Tribute : Twelve Versions of Ceremony
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on 1 August 2012
If you are a New Order fan, you won't be disappointed, takes a few listens but this is an eclectic mix of classic tracks.
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on 25 June 2011
I am suspect to say something about New Order, Joy Division or Warsaw, I love these bands and These guys, of course in partucular Ceremony is a special song, great, played two times double CD I recommend to fans!!!
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