Low Life Original recording reissued
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New Order ~ Low Life
With the 1985 release of Low Life, New Order put forth their most commercially accessible effort to date. While some of the dark-wave drippings of their Joy Division roots are evident, high energy progressions, which would carry them for years to come, began to emerge here. Hits like "Perfect Kiss" and "Sub-Culture," with their synth hooks, club-stomping accents, and visceral lyrics, helped bridge the gap for growing synth-pop audiences who bolstered their success. Other refined techniques on the album became standard New Order conventions: sweeping analogue rolls, live and sequenced drum percussion, tight bass melodies, and edgy guitar leads. Sustained by a peerless level of emotional involvement, the vocals and lyrics further entice the listener with the obliquely nuanced style of Bernard Sumner. Standing the test of time, this release is a must-have in order to understand the origins of introspective pop-wave culture. --Lucas Hilbert
Top Customer Reviews
Although this album is not as good as their previous effort
in 'power corruption and lies', it is still probably their
2nd best album to me......
'Low-life' has amazing artwork, a good track selection,
and contains what i consider their best song ever,
'the perfect kiss'..
So lets talk about specifics: for the album
1) The album is not overly loud, or 'over mastered', i'm
still comparing all the individual tracks...
2) The soft parts are clear, with no noise or artifacts
that i've noticed..listen to 'elegia' and you will hear
how well done it is.
I'm listening through altec-lansing speakers, and also through
3) The loud parts are not distorted, crank up 'the perfect kiss'
4) Tracks are complete and not missing parts, no glitches,
The bonus disc:
1) Well after all these years of waiting, since 'substance'
came out on CD, back in 1987, we've waited and waited in
vain for the full 12" mix of 'the perfect kiss' to be released.
21 years later WE NOW FINALLY HAVE IT....
Honestly if this was the only new song on the bonus disc,
i would have been ecstatic..... so now it's here, and with
nothing missing, and in great sound quality....
2) We know have both full versions of subculture.... now i
know that most people don't like it, but i thought it was
a very cool remix for the time, especially with all the
stutter-editting that is even being used now.....Read more ›
Placing the 180gm chunk of vinyl down I was impressed Love V sounding so refreshing and like the Velvets at their best. The clarity of Hooky's spoken "Am I the only one who...."
4 Points for content. 1 deducted for the lack of original artwork.
1. I liked the 80s 12" re-mixes as much as the LP versions. The last time there was a comprehensive collection of the New Order 12" singles and their b sides was the Substance double cassette. The 2CD version failed miserably to include many good tracks (due to space). This omission has never been adequately addressed. Although I would like all the tracks from that cassette re-mastered in a 4 CD set these re-issues do make many of them available which is good.
2. I am listening to this Low-life CD package now. I have never heard these tracks sound so good (and I do have many of the 12" singles). I often prefer vinyl to CD but the mastering on these disks is transparent, detailed, dynamic and fluid.
3. Rhino have to be congratulated on sticking to the format of one disk for the original Lp and one disk for the extra tracks, preserving the form of the original intact. I wish more re-issues did the same.
The rest of Low Life is equally effective : the band confidently stride into a distinct unique territory, where euphoric synth sweeps are replaced by a precise single picked keyboard sound based upon arpeggios, giving the music a less majestic, more intimate sound. This is matched with odd imperfections : an out-of-tune vocal here, a cough there. It's not a flawless LP performance or production wise, but an accurate reflection of the groups enthusiasm and energy at the time with a consistent set of solid and interesting material.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great album. Really good buy with the extra tracks on the additional CD. An old fave on CD. Just in time to go and see Hooky play them livePublished on 26 April 2014 by SB68
2nd cd would not play - ordered another one and the same problem - gave up and ordered from sainsburys. must be a problem because that was the samePublished on 3 Jun. 2013 by PHEONIXX100
the main album is good but the 2nd disc is a is a disgrace. the album should have been released on its own at half the price but no. Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2012 by laaip