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New Order for those hidden anyway from sound for the past 20+ years are a dance/indie/alternative band from Manchester, formed from the remains of Joy Division following lead singer Ian Curtis' death.
They have enjoyed a long and successful career which now looks to be over following bassist and founding member Peter Hook's decision to leave the band and singer Bernard Sumner starting a new band named Bad Leiutenant.
This compilation released back in 2002 is a single disc which wasn't originally released in the UK. This is my brief review: -
The standout songs: -
Opening with 'ceremony' the only track to be carried over from Curtis' death is probably the most poignant way to start a New Order compilation. Up next is the classic 'Blue Monday' which immediately reminds you of what a class act New Order are.
Other classics like 'Perfect Kiss', 'Bizarre Love Triangle'' the original 12" of 'Touched by the hand of God' as well as all time favourite 'True Faith' all make welcome appearances on the album. Towards the end of this 14 track album features many later New Order songs that signalled their comeback. Songs like the infectious 'Regret' and 'Crystal' show the more guitar driven side of the band. The album closes on 'Here to Stay', the song they donated to the '24 party people'; a film that documented the life of the band as part of the factory music label.
The Verdict - Good Points
Obviously the mention of the songs in the first paragraph is a string of strong songs that represent New Order. To have all these on one CD is clearly a good feature. Also the price of this CD is generally low and I picked it up in a supermarket for £4, so surely on the net there must be some bargain prices kicking about for this album.
The Verdict - Bad Points
Where to start; the different versions of the songs; some even being dreaded radio edits spoil what could be your memory of the songs. I had the same problem with a best of Joy Division compilation. Some classics are just better left untouched but some people may enjoy the new versions but buy it knowing this to not be left disappointed.
New Order have been going since the 80s so to have a measly 14 songs on a compilation is nothing short of being criminal. So many classics to choose from and four minor hits from the later years seem to have pipped some real classics. Writing this around world cup time makes you wonder how 'world in motion' doesnt make it on a best of New Order. Perhaps the initial non release in the UK may provide the answer for this but regardless of it being a football song about England its still a good song. Songs like 1963 deserve to be here above songs like '60 miles an hour'.
There are many other New Order compilations about there; 'singles', 'the best of new order', 'substance' and 'the rest of new order' to name a few of the many comps out there. They many provide a better representation of New Order and I would advise to only buy this if cheap and aware of the different versions of the songs.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Blue Monday
4 Thieves like us
5 The perfect kiss
7 Bizarre love triangle (extended dance mix)
8 True faith
9 Touched by the hand of God (original 12")
10 Round and round
13 60 miles an hour
14 Here to stay (radio edit)