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1.0 out of 5 stars The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle without the Jokes, 2 July 2011
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This is what we have to come in the music business.

Music that is precious, fragile, meaningful and important to lots of us reduced to this: a tawdry, cheap, ill-conceived product which does no one any credit at all.

First, the Joy Division/New Order legacy is not in safe hands post-Factory. New Order who once had the beautiful 'Substance' as their sole compilation for the first fourteen years of their existence must be in line for the most compiled, packaged and exploited band of all time. Logic and thinking of the buying public has left the equation years ago. This is demeaning to what under Factory and what was a carefully cared for if over-rarified reputation/legacy.

Second,all of this points to the state of the music biz today. In the 1970s and 1980s there were dozens of independent labels with many of the most crucial, creative bands of the day making a statement of their intent by being on the indies rather than majors. Joy Division/New Order were part of that tradition. Nowadays that seems decades ago - with the current music biz rather looking a bit like it did pre-the Beatles - record company suits packaging filler and commercial dross for sale - and the words 'alternative', 'hip' and 'cool' demeaned to whatever the PR men want to be; Beyonce at Glastonbury for 'coolness'? I mean please!

We are living in an age of conformity and lack of questioning in music and popular culture, but it cant last forever. Unless people with all the issues and challenges facing us are going to be content with the commercial drivel that is Beyonce or tax exiles U2 still pretending they are alternative!
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Initial post: 13 Aug 2011 14:19:50 BDT
observer says:
Couldn't agree more... Besides: Even thinking about U2 makes me throw up, let alone hearing them...

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2011 19:00:57 GMT
J. Potter says:
Ugh, HATE U2. And I also agree.

They should just remaster the albums from start to finish, track 1 to track 10, and maybe have a second disc for extras and b sides.

Posted on 9 Jul 2012 11:39:30 BDT
senex says:
This product was A&R'd by the bands management, not the label. The tracklisting from the band itself. Artwork provided by Factory co-founder Peter Saville. Safe hands? Yeah that's right talk about U2, that's relevant here. Useless post, useless review. Grow up.
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