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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
Substance [CASSETTE]
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on 14 August 2017
Great CD. This is got to be one of the best CDs from New Order. Glad to have back in my collection.
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on 22 May 2017
The original and best of New Order released in 1987 .. !!!
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on 22 October 2017
some great tunes, varied as it is a compilation
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on 9 November 2017
In good order thanks
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on 28 April 2017
Great cd
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on 17 January 2015
Excellent!
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VINE VOICEon 8 April 2017
This is a good compilation, with 80s classics like Ceremony, Blue Monday, Bizarre Love Triangle and True Faith. However, there are some inconsistencies and omissions in that several of the tracks are not the original released versions.
For instance, the version of Ceremony is not the original version, but the one recorded after Gillian Gilbert joined the band. And the versions of Temptation and Confusion are not the originals but re-recorded versions done in 1987 specifically for this compilation. In fact, the omission of the original version of Confusion was the biggest dissapointment for me when I first bought this CD back in the late 80s. Strangely, the original instrumental version is included on the second CD. So while this is a good place to start for anyone new to the band, it is in my opinion by no means the definitive New Order collection due to issues like the above,
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on 13 October 2012
I have both vinyl and CD versions of this set and both are extremely excellent! They capture the best of New Order to that date, but the CD version wins by dint of the second disc containing B-sides from all the singles, my only quibble being the lack of Dub Vulture (just get the 12" for that).

This is frequently played late on a Friday or Saturday, when a drink or 2 has been consumed, in a forlorn attempt to recreate the night in The Warehouse in Leeds in 1984 when Blue Monday, and thus post-Movement New Order, finally made sense to me.

Where would a lot of dance music be without New Order?

Buy it and lose yourself...
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on 18 September 2017
Both Joy Division and New Order have suffered from multiple selling of their back catalogues. However, the "Substance" collections were always my favourite 'best ofs'. Sadly the MP3 version doesn't include the full cassette release which had 4 extra tracks: 'Mesh'; 'Dub-vulture'; 'Shellcock' and 'Bizarre Dub Triangle', however, don't let that put you off buying it. It's still a classic collection.

Note: "Mesh" and "Cries and Whispers" are separate tracks. If the Prime "listen" is anything to go by the track is 'Cries and Whispers'. It wasn't helped by the cassette release printing, which included both tracks, getting them the wrong way round!
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on 25 September 2009
The reviews already posted on here combine outpourings of love and nostalgia and mini-essays on New Order. But at their best they WERE that good. If you were around you don't need telling. If you're checking out New Order to find out why they mattered then I strongly suggest you start here, and not with the one disc best of. This twofer is the essence of what made New Order great, it lacks later singles but it packs extended work-outs, ambitious b-sides and the big fat restless mixes that made them a dance sensation. The lengthy tracks simply make it more obvious that this band wrote hypnotic melodies, laid just enough instruments on each track and used the tricks and technology of the time with intelligence. There are compilations out there offering up 80s 12" singles so thick with electronic keyboards and fussy knob-twiddling production that the original songs are all but lost. This assured collection shows New Order were up there with the best for most of the decade and they never lost sight of the need for a good lyric, a timely guitar lick or a slamming tune. Classic!
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