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Low Life Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Wea/Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002L7S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,335 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Love Vigilantes
  2. The Perfect Kiss
  3. This Time Of Night
  4. Sunrise
  5. Elegia
  6. Sooner Than You Think
  7. Sub-Culture
  8. Face Up

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New Order ~ Low Life

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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

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Format: Audio CD
New Order- low-life (remaster)
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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
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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
headphones

3) The loud parts are not distorted, crank up 'the perfect kiss'

4) Tracks are complete and not missing parts, no glitches,
or stutters.

The bonus disc:
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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.....
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This has always been my favourite New Order album, particularly for 'Sub-Culture' and 'Elegia'. The extra CD is a great bonus, both sides of the 12" of 'Sub-Culture' plus an epic version of 'Elegia'. Ultimately the original edit is preferable but still - I never knew such a thing existed and it's great to have. The highlight of the extras though is the 12" of 'The Perfect Kiss' - it's wonderful and shame on me for not buying it on its first release. If you bought 'Low-Life' back in the day (i.e. on vinyl) then this extras CD makes it worth buying again.
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Format: Vinyl
Having purchased PC&L and The Queen is Dead from the same reissue series I was looking forward to getting hold of Low Life on vinyl again. Sadly I was dissapointed to find that the original artwork was not reproduced.
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.
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This is a wonderful album but the pressing I bought is poor and the album skips on both sides on track three. Disappointingly I have returned it to amazon and I'm reluctant to buy again in case I get another dodgy pressing.
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All true New Order fans must have this in their collection for the bonus disc. The extended versions are a must.
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The criticisms above may have valid points about missing rarities but I have some good things to say about these re-issues.

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.
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"Low Life" sees the band strike out into a slightly different territory. Opening with a quirky disco country and western number, the album sees a harder edge to their work, a more effective song writing partnership that moves away from sheer experimentalism into a welding of technology and sound to melody, and sees the first consistently good New Order LP with no obvious stinkers on it. Mid-placed "Elegia" is a brilliant mood piece designed to soundtrack a thousand BBC documentaries, whilst the rest of the record assuredly powers along as a hybrid of rock and electronic soul that creates a meaty, powerful sound that the bands lesser imitators never approached. "The Perfect Kiss" is possibly the most perfect single New Order song of all time, starting with a quiet drum machine workout, before effortlessly, and ridiculously exploding into a Storm-Und-Drang epic of sound that is the sonic equivalent of all the Star Wars films at once, complete with a burping frog chorus and a cowbell solo. Sadly, the additional passage from the instrumental 12" (a selection of phased gasps that push the song beyond the 10 minute barrier), are not here.

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.
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