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on 6 July 2008
Let me just start by saying that New Order's seminal 1980s works has the potential to form one of the greatest compilations of all time, enough to rival even Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy and The Kink Kronikles. Unfortunately, every (official) New Order compilation has a number of flaws that detract from the otherwise-great material. Singles is no different.

The first three songs, "Ceremony," "Procession" and "Everything's Gone Green" capture the group still playing a very Joy Division-esque style, just much, much poppier than anything that could have appeared on Unknown Pleasures or Closer. Then comes "Temptation," their earliest 'classic' and the first example of New Order actually making dance music.

Track 5 is where things start to get really interesting. "Blue Monday" of course. We've all heard it. Don't try and deny that you like it, either. Same goes for "True Faith," "Bizarre Love Triangle" and "Regret" - tracks that you really cannot dislike. There's also a ton of acrimoniously-overlooked greats included here, too. "Perfect Kiss" may have been a minor chart hit at some point, but it still isn't etched into human memory like I wish it was. It's an upbeat mover with the lyrical focus being rather vague but definitely involving love - classic Bernard basically; "Touched By the Hand of God" is a strong contender for THE most overlooked NO track - hardly a masterpiece, but a very strong track nonetheless; "Fine Time," the opener from '89s Technique, easily the best track on the whole record.

Everyone knows "World In Motion" sucks, but the band really did need the money at this point, and if you sort out the chorus, the verse sounds quite good. You should notice the Republic tracks because they lack the energy and spark seen in NO's '80s recordings. The group were falling apart at this point in their career, and we all know what happened next.

Well, they split up and embarked on their own solo projects, only to reform under a decade later. And then split up again. Hardcore NO fans are often too quick to slam Get Ready and Waitin' For The Sirens Call, but they really aren't bad records at all, and tower over watery '00s efforts from former *greats* like Accelerate by R.E.M. and How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb by U2.

By main gripe is to do with the inclusion of some of these edits, when the original song was much, much better. Take "Sub Culture," for instance. The original was a pretty, slightly morose track which would have sit here perfectly. This edit, however, loads the song full of lame female backing-vocals; throws in a random, seemingly-uncontrolled bursts of irritating samples; and just generally isn't something you want from New Order.

Overall, Singles is definitely worth having if you're new to New Order and want a taster of their excellent work. However, if you already own a compilation such as Substance or Best Of, this can wait whilst you try their studio albums. I give this 4.25 stars.
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on 11 August 2016
New Order - Singles, is a must for any New Order fan, or anyone who is a fan of good music. In my opinion New Order make electronic music that rocks. They've always managed to combine electronic dance with pop, and yet still display elements of their post punk roots. This is the most comprehensive collection of N.O singles to date, running chronologically from CEREMONY, their 1981 debut, via BLUE MONDAY, TRUE FAITH, REGRET, and the epic CRYSTAL. Finishing with TURN, from the 2005 album WAITING FOR THE SIRENS CALL. I bought this upon it's release in '05, but decided to get another copy for a friend so he can discover their full brilliance. BUY IT. NOW !
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on 6 January 2006
This is a good compilation and contains all the right songs for someone wanting to get New Orders hits. If that's what you want, buy this.
However New Order have done this all before: the 'Best Of' CD and the 'Retro' box set. And even this compilation, which purports to be different in that it consists of all the 'single' versions of the tracks, doesn't even meet that criteria. The versions of some of the tracks are the album versions ('True faith' and 'Spooky') - 'Blue Monday' is a 12" mix.
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VINE VOICEon 11 October 2005
New Order have been topping UK charts for a good 25 years now, and have had a lot of success, with Bernard Summer's excellent vocals and a whole host of musicians, vocalists and some catchy ideas.
This is not the first time New Order have made a greatest hits, so when I saw this I was pleased as I wanted a CD with all the best of New Order, instead of hurling round 12 CDs and searching through them for the singles, but if you have the "The best Of New Order", you're not going to find much new here, and dedicated fans have everything on these 2CDs anyway.
One of the disapointments about this set is some of the tracks on CD1 are made specially for the CD: for example, Shellshock is cut to fit a "single" size, when really it lasts a good 6-7mins, and is a classic. They've also cut some of the other stuff, but for Blue Monday fans, it's there in it's entirety, confusion isn't in it!
If you like New Order, but don't want to own the discography, this is a must, tracks like Blue Monday have definately lasted against time, when you hear the beats, synths and vocals, if you didn't know it was recorded in '83, then you'd be clueless that it's not a classic electonic track.
Other gems on here include the Word Cup anthem "world in motion", with John Barnes' comical rap; 1963, with it's sad tale about a guy wanting to kill his brother; confusion, with it's cool avant garde usage of electronica; thieves like us with it's walking beat and nice riffs and of course regret, my favourite song on the album.
Definately one worth getting, or buying for someone else for Christmas
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on 16 June 2008
If you could only have one New Order album this one would be perfect.
The bands actual albums all contain some great songs but tend towards patchiness as a whole,and the singles seem to be consist of most of those great tracks.Of course many of the early tracks aren't even on any albums anyway!
Everyone should have this compilation and experience the heights of New Orders greatness.
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on 1 October 2009
Great stuff because it is New Order but very annoyingly some songs are edited, including the ace Hooky bass led instrumental at end of Perfect Kiss.
So get the "Substance" compilation instead or even better get the songs on the original albums, especially Low Life and Power Corruption and Lies - and explore the less heard NO stuff which are well worth having on their own anyway.
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on 5 August 2015
nothing wrong with the music but if you buy this cd and think you're going to rip it to your itunes library or play it on your laptop think again - incompatible/copy protected as others here have found out.....
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on 1 May 2014
I finally got digital copies of my very favourite early 80's tracks from vinyl EPs. Also came with a whole lot of later material that I ignored back in the day. The later stuff is still not for me. But It is what my partner knows best of New Order. So they are happy having those tracks.
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on 28 August 2015
5 stars for the content: classic New Order.
1 star for the fact that (like many Warner CD's) you can't rip the CD to your computer/mp3 player. This is 2015 isn't it?
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on 8 October 2005
This compilation is wonderful except for the absence of the proper third track (at least on my copy). There end up being three versions of "Blue Monday" on this compilation, the first one taking the place of what should be the third track, "Everything's Gone Green." Is this true for anyone else who's bought this?
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