out this week 11/11...girl order...the smiths...pelle carlberg...

Posted by Brad Schelden, November 13, 2008 04:20pm | Post a Comment
I was a New Order fan way before I was a Joy Division fan. I know most people would claim the other way around. I am sure you hear some people born in 1985 who claim to have liked Joy Division before they liked New Order, but it is just not possible for some of us. Joy Division was formed in 1976, when I was 2 years old. Ian Curtis committed suicide days after my sixth birthday. We simply didn't cover this event in my Kindergarten class. Joy Division were not on Sesame Street. It really was not until 1987 when I started getting into New Order. The double album Substance came out in 1987. It still remains one of my favorite albums. It was one of the albums that shaped who I am today. It probably was also one of the first albums that I was absolutely obsessed with. I am sure it has a special place in the heart of many. The first album by them I remember actually buying was Technique, which came out in January of 1989. I was in ninth grade and not really ready for the 80s to be over. I actually think I had a dubbed cassette of Technique and Substance before I actually bought any album by them. Within the next couple of years I picked up most of the New Order albums and the two studio albums of Joy Division. I quickly fell in love with Joy Division as well, but for different reasons. I was also a Morrissey fan before being a Smiths fan. It was always exciting to go back and discover a band that was over before I was old enough to actually listen to them while they were happening. I fell in love with New Order-- there was just no avoiding it. They were everything I wanted in a band. They were also really unavoidable during the 80s and 90s. New Order were all over the radio and you would most likely hear them everywhere else you went. You would hear them in the mall or at your friends' house. DJs loved New Order. You would most likely hear them at any school dance, dance club, party, wedding, or bar mitzvah that you went to. They were a band that was easy to fall in love with. Joy Division captured that inner depression and angst that many of us felt, but New Order captured that more fun and optimistic side that many of us also identified with. Joy Division and New Order were sort of two sides of a coin. They have both remained with me ever since. I still never get tired of hearing "True Faith" or "Blue Monday."

Joy Division released a fantastic box set back in 1997. Ten years later the three Joy Division albums, Unknown Pleasures, Closer, and Still, got the deluxe Rhino reissue treatment. New Order got a box set in 2002. It is now finally time for the New Order album reissues! The first five New Order albums all get reissues this week. These deluxe 2CD sets are the ones that Rhino has been putting out the last couple of years. They did the same thing with the Depeche Mode and Cure catalogs. Those reissues were all done perfectly. They look great and have great liner notes. These albums really did need remastering and really do sound fantastic. I grew up with many of these albums on cassette, so imagine the difference! The second discs are always exciting as well. It is really fun to hear a whole group of songs and remixes and demos from the same era of the albums you fell in love with so many years ago. Rhino still owes us a couple of Cure reissues. They never did get around to Disintegration and Wish. I know that they have plans to put this out, it just seems to be taking forever. Maybe the new Cure album pushed them back a bit, but these two Cure albums we are waiting on are two of my favorites, so it is a bit of torture just having to wait for them. The Smiths and Morrissey reissues cannot be too far away. The new Smiths album out this week should give us all hope that they are in the works. The Sound of The Smiths comes out this week as a single disc compilation and a deluxe 2CD set. The deluxe version looks fantastic and comes with great glossy liner notes and photos. The second disc may not have much for the rabid Smiths collector, but for someone who only owns their studio albums, there is quite a bit of new stuff on here. There might even be some Smiths songs on here that you have never heard before. I was pleasantly surprised to hear a couple versions of some songs that I had never heard before. The Smiths reissues cannot really be that far away in the future.

But this week, it is all about New Order. I never really gave up on these albums. I own most of them on cassette, CD and vinyl. I usually go through a New Order phase once or twice a year and listen to all their albums constantly for a couple of weeks. Once you start it is really hard to stop. I think I listened to all 5 reissues, including the bonus discs, in just one day. The albums sound better than ever. They will bring you back to that very special place if you have not heard them in a while. They will also surely make you fall in love with them all over again. They really are that good. They might sound dated to some, but they still sound as good as they did when they first came out to me. Maybe that is just because I never stopped listening to them. I really don't ever want to stop.

Here is what you get in these five great New Order reissues...

Movement (1981)

Disc One (the original album)new order movement
  1. "Dreams Never End" – 3:13
  2. "Truth" – 4:37
  3. "Senses" – 4:45
  4. "Chosen Time" – 4:07
  5. "ICB" – 5:25
  6. "The Him" – 5:29
  7. "Doubts Even Here" – 4:16
  8. "Denial" – 4:20
Disc Two
  1. "Ceremony" – 4:23
  2. "Temptation (7" Mix)" – 6:59
  3. "In a Lonely Place" – 6:16
  4. "Everything's Gone Green" – 5:30
  5. "Procession" – 4:27
  6. "Cries and Whispers" – 3:25
  7. "Hurt" – 8:13
  8. "Mesh" – 3:02
  9. "Ceremony (Alternate Version)" – 4:39
  10. "Temptation (12" Version)" – 8:47
Power, Corruption & Lies (1983)

Disc One (the original album)new order power, corruption & lies
  1. "Age of Consent" – 5:16
  2. "We All Stand" – 5:14
  3. "The Village" – 4:37
  4. "5 8 6" – 7:31
  5. "Your Silent Face" – 6:00
  6. "Ultraviolence" – 4:52
  7. "Ecstasy" – 4:25
  8. "Leave Me Alone" – 4:40
Disc Two
  1. "Blue Monday"– 7:32
  2. "The Beach" – 7:22
  3. "Confusion"– 8:15
  4. "Thieves Like Us"– 6:38
  5. "Lonesome Tonight" – 5:13
  6. "Murder"– 3:57
  7. "Thieves Like Us (Instrumenta)l" – 6:59
  8. "Confusion (Instrumental)" – 7:36

Low-Life (1985)

Disc One (the original album)new order low-life
  1. "Love Vigilantes" – 4:16
  2. "The Perfect Kiss" – 4:51
  3. "This Time of Night" – 4:45
  4. "Sunrise" – 6:01
  5. "Elegia"– 4:56
  6. "Sooner Than You Think" – 5:12
  7. "Sub-culture" – 4:58
  8. "Face Up" – 5:02
Disc Two
  1. The Perfect Kiss" – 8:49
  2. "Sub-culture" – 7:26
  3. "Shellshock (John Robie Remix)" – 6:28
  4. "Shame of the Nation" – 7:55
  5. "Elegia" – 17:28
  6. "Let's Go" – 3:43
  7. "Salvation Theme" – 2:16
  8. "Dub-vulture" – 7:56
Brotherhood (1986)new order brotherhood

Disc One (the original album)
  1. "Paradise" – 3:50
  2. "Weirdo" – 3:52
  3. "As It Is When It Was" – 3:46
  4. "Broken Promise" – 3:47
  5. "Way of Life" – 4:06
  6. "Bizarre Love Triangle" – 4:22
  7. "All Day Long" – 5:12
  8. "Angel Dust" – 3:44
  9. "Every Little Counts" – 4:28
Disc Two
  1. "State of the Nation" (12" mix)
  2. "Bizarre Love Triangle" (12" Version)
  3. "1963" (12" Version)
  4. "True Faith" (Shep Pettibone Remix) (12" Version)
  5. "Touched by the Hand of God" (12" Version)
  6. "Blue Monday '88"
  7. "Evil Dust"
  8. "True Faith" (True Dub)
  9. "Beach Buggy"
Technique (1989)

Disc One (the original album)new order technique
  1. "Fine Time"– 4:42
  2. "All the Way" – 3:22
  3. "Love Less" – 2:58
  4. "Round & Round"– 4:29
  5. "Guilty Partner" – 4:44
  6. "Run" – 4:29
  7. "Mr. Disco" – 4:20
  8. "Vanishing Point" – 5:15
  9. "Dream Attack" – 5:13
Disc Two
  1. "Don't Do It" (12" Version)
  2. "Fine Line (12" Version)
  3. "Round & Round" (12" Version)
  4. "Best & Marsh" (12" Version)
  5. "Run 2" (12" Version)
  6. "MTO"
  7. "Fine Time" (Silk Mix)
  8. "Vanishing Point" (Instrumental) (12" Version)
  9. "World in Motion" (Cabinieri Mix) (12" Version)

also out today...

Lilac Time by Pelle Carlberg

Feed the Animals by Girl Talk

Sound of The Smiths by The Smiths

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