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4.0 out of 5 stars Just A Quick Primer on 'Palatine' versus 'Communications', 16 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Factory Records: Communications 1978-92 (Standard) (Audio CD)
A lot of people have made mention that the 'Communications' box set is simply a rehash of the 'Palatine' box set. This isn't strictly true (though there is some overlap). I searched all over on the net to find a definitive list that showed what tracks the two box sets shared, and what tracks were exclusive to each set. I wasn't able to find the information, so I made the list myself since I own both box sets on CD. Here's the list for those who are interested:

[TRACKS THAT APPEAR ON BOTH BOXSETS]
Joy Division / Transmission (3:36)
Durutti Column, The / Sketch For Summer (3:00)
X-O-Dus / English Black Boys (4:46)
Joy Division / Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:26)
A Certain Ratio / Shack Up (3:14)
Marcel King / Reach For Love (5:27)
52nd Street / Cool As Ice (7:48)
Cabaret Voltaire / Yashar (John Robie Remix) (7:31)
Quando Quango / Genius (6:25)
Happy Mondays / 24 Hour Party People (4:38)
Tunnelvision / Watching The Hydroplanes (3:52)
Distractions, The / Time Goes By So Slow (3:21)
Wake, The / Talk About The Past (6:25)
Railway Children, The / Brighter (4:55)
Miaow / When It All Comes Down (3:30)
Revenge / Seven Reasons (4:09)
James / Hymn From A Village (2:53)
New Order / True Faith (5:54)
Happy Mondays / W.F.L. (Think About The Future) (7:12)
New Order / World In Motion (4:31)
Electronic / Getting Away With It (5:16)

[TRACKS THAT APPEAR ON PALATINE ONLY]
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark / Electricity (3:32)
A Certain Ratio / All Night Party (3:14)
ESG / You're No Good (3:11)
James / Folklore (2:51)
A Certain Ratio / Flight (6:05)
Section 25 / New Horizon (6:04)
New Order / Ceremony (4:25)
Stockholm Monsters / Happy Ever After (3:07)
Quando Quango / Tingle (5:30)
New Order / The Beach (7:18)
Section 25 / Looking From A Hilltop (4:38)
A Certain Ratio / Skip Scada (2:09)
Kalima / Sparkle (3:41)
New Order / Confusion (4:42)
Fadela / N'Sel Fik (7:10)
Joy Division / Wilderness (2:37)
Stockholm Monsters / Partyline (5:50)
Happy Mondays / Kuff Dam (3:06)
New Order / Age Of Consent (5:15)
Durutti Column, The / Otis (4:15)
Durutti Column, The / The Together Mix (6:07)
Northside / Shall We Take A Trip (5:28)
Steve Martland / The World Is In Heaven (Classical Version) (4:02)
Wendys, The / Pulling My Fingers Off (4:03)
Cath Carroll / Moves Like You (4:14)
Northside / My Rising Star (6:27)
Happy Mondays / Step On Remix '91 (4:27)
Joy Division / Atmosphere (4:11)

[TRACKS THAT APPEAR ON COMMUNICATIONS ONLY]
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark / Electricity (Factory Version) (3:45)
Section 25 / Looking From A Hilltop (Megamix) (8:10)
New Order / Confusion (8:13)
Northside / Shall We Take A Trip (4:24)
Cath Carroll / Moves Like You (Remix) (6:33)
Happy Mondays / Step On (5:18)
Joy Division / Digital (2:51)
Cabaret Voltaire / Baader Meinhof (3:23)
Joy Division / She's Lost Control (4:54)
Section 25 / Girls Don't Count (4:28)
Crawling Chaos / Sex Machine (5:39)
A Certain Ratio / Flight (6:04)
Names, The / Nightshift (3:37)
New Order / Ceremony (Original Version) (4:37)
Minny Pops / Dolphin's Spurt (2:51)
John Dowie / It's Hard To Be An Egg (3:09)
Crispy Ambulance / Deaf (3:57)
Section 25 / Dirty Disco (5:19)
New Order / Everything's Gone Green (5:34)
Durutti Column, The / Messidor (2:31)
A Certain Ratio / Knife Slits Water (LP Version) (7:36)
Royal Family And The Poor / Art On 45 (4:49)
Swamp Children / Taste What's Rhythm (6:06)
New Order / Temptation (8:58)
New Order / Blue Monday (7:29)
Quando Quango / Love Tempo (7:55)
Stockholm Monsters / All At Once (2:57)
Life / Tell Me (3:10)
Durutti Column, The / Without Mercy (Duet) (2:33)
Kalima / Trickery (4:28)
A Certain Ratio / Sounds Like Something Dirty (6:56)
Happy Mondays / Freaky Dancin' (3:45)
Biting Tongues / Compressor (4:52)
New Order / Fine Time (4:45)
Happy Mondays / Hallelujah (Club Mix) (6:29)
Happy Mondays / Kinky Afro (3:59)
Durutti Column, The / Home (5:39)
Electronic / Get The Message (DNA Remix) (5:27)
Northside / Take 5 (4:12)
Other Two, The / Tasty Fish (3:51)
Happy Mondays / Sunshine And Love (Lionrock Remix) (7:19)

As you can see, out of 90 total tracks, 21 appear on both boxsets (23%). That still leaves a lot of material on both box sets to be enjoyed.
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2009 22:13:31 GMT
Red Mosquito says:
This is one of the most helpful reviews I have ever read on Amazon

Thank you

Posted on 9 Jan 2010 18:01:23 GMT
i agree

Posted on 11 Jan 2010 17:22:27 GMT
Julie D says:
Here, here. Many thanks for spending the time so we didn't have to. I have the original Palatine in quite a large box on 4 audio cassettes and have clung onto an old ghetto blaster with tape deck chiefly for the joy of being able to play it. Maybe now it's time to consign to status as an artefact and 'upgrade' to CDs? One thing I won't be getting with the CDs though is the lavish booklet full of grainy black and white images I got with Palatine. Ah, them were the days...

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2010 10:49:28 GMT
Mr "M" says:
Here Here, that was extremely useful research and very much appreciated as I will now buy both collections based upon it. Many thanks indeed to the author.
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