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Another Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle: Shame on Rhino and New Order
, 30 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Brotherhood (Collector's Edition) (Audio CD)
When Brotherhood first came out I have to admit I felt a sense of disappointment at what I heard on this their fourth Factory album. Whereas the other three releases - including the flawed debut Movement showed a sense of bravery, exploration and experimentation - this release showed an element of retreat and failure to continue exploring new ground and sounds.
All these years on nothing has really changed my view of Brotherhood. This is as near to a conventional rock album with dance overtones as NO would do in the 1980s. There are great moments here, and the remixes of the singles from the album took them further into their dance journey, but their are awful moments on this. Every Little Counts, made me titter the first time I heard it, but Barney's doggrel should have been left on the cutting floor to give them something to release on the extensive reissue programmes to come.
As with every one of these reissues the question why has to be asked? The reissue disc is the usual bloated collection of singles and remixes of the time - which NO fans will have many times over. How many times is a NO fan meant to own 'Bizarre Dub Triangle'?
Record companies dont just have to issue things 'cus people will buy them. Labels like Rhino are meant to have a sense of custodianship and investing in protecting the artists' integrity. There is no sign of that in these issues and NO and Rhino should get a big boot up the arse!
NO must now with a small and what on Factory was a perfectly formed back catalogue be one of the most reissued/exploited bands going. This has fallen to such a low New Order must be on a par with some of the other great rock'n' roll swindles: the Sex Pistols and Virgin obviously, the Rolling Stones and Decca/London, Pink Floyd, the classic Miles Davis releases, the Beach Boys Pet Sounds.
What I find a tragedy is that New Order went from being artists who passionately cared and were involved in every aspect of their releases to this! What a fall and what unnecessary products.
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