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This review is from: Total: From Joy Division To New Order (Audio CD)
I feel the need to react to the previous negative reviews. Total" is a compilation with previously released material by Joy Division and New Order (except for one previously unreleased track, which is available as a single download) which most fans have over and over. Nevertheless this is fantastic music, remastered to today's better standards, showing the musical development from the most influential British pop group throughout the 80s, from existentialist, angst-ridden post-punk to perfect pop music drenched in acid house.
No one is forced to buy this compilation, and many fans feel cheated on their non-commercial ideals which they associate with the group's most defining years on the Manchester indie label Factory. These days are gone for 20 years now, idealised in retrospective, and New Order is just a pop group that makes creative as business decisions like anyone else. If a 14-year-old kid in 2011 is listening and investigating further, this compilation does its job perfectly.