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As strange as it may seem, until Total, no record had ventured to tell New Order's story in the context of their previous incarnation. The five Joy Division songs included here wisely highlight the elements (melodic basslines, frosty synths, swirling atmospherics) that would become central to the later group's sound; meanwhile, the New Order selections paint a concise picture of a band skilled in the art of graceful reinvention. The through line of it all is a parade of some of the most unforgettable hooks you'll ever hear.

Customer Reviews

Yeah, so what!!

Not bad but how many "best of " New Order do you need, "Substance 1987" is a far better collection by a million miles.They have also been re-releasing some of the earlier albums recently as well such as "Technique" which is a must for any self respecting New Order fan & thier best studio album.As for Joy Division the same pretty much applies again,why waste money on this.

Don't waste your money!!!

Buy substance by joy division and again by new order from 1987 thus gives you the best of both bands!

Best of album, what do you expect?

Good album with all the classics on, Blue Monday, Love Will Tear Us Apart etc.


Formed: 1977 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Formed in the wake of the punk explosion in England, Joy Division became the first band in the post-punk movement by later emphasizing not anger and energy but mood and expression, pointing ahead to the rise of melancholy alternative music in the '80s. Though the group's raw initial sides fit the bill for any punk band, Joy Division later incorporated synthesizers (taboo in the low-tech world of '70s punk) and more haunting melodies, emphasized by the isolated, tortured lyrics of its lead vocalist,...
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