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Factory Records: Communications 1978-92

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Featuring 63 tracks released between 1978-1992, this compilation traces the development of Britain’s highly influential Factory Records label. Factory encouraged the often experimental, cutting-edge sonics of Joy Division, New Order, Cabaret Voltaire, O.M.D., the Durutti Column and Happy Mondays, as well as lesser-knowns: the reggae-dub of Xodus, the neurotic synth creep of Crawling Chaos and the sweet pop of the Railway Children. The collection, compiled by noted music journalist Jon Savage, is arranged chronologically to show the label’s growth beginning with Joy Division’s razor-blade intense “Digital” from the label’s first release, A Factory SampleEP, and winding down with the smoother counterbalance of the label’s final release, the Happy Mondays’ 12-inch “Sunshine and Love.” In between are great hi-jinks, from the original O.M.D. 7-inch version of “Electricity” that uses futuristic keyboards in a lo-fi setting to the nearly orthodox new-wave pop of the Distractions’ “Time Goes By So Slow” and the askew rhythms of Crispy Ambulance’s “Deaf.” Factory Records turned Manchester, England into “Madchester,” shining its careful light on a scene that relied on dramatic shadows to re-cast its adventurous, art-damaged yet dance-friendly musical forms.

Customer Reviews

Factory on iTunes? YAY

Great to see this release available digitally in the US. Hopefully a new generation of alternative music fans will enjoy this great label's music.

Well rounded collection.

This is a good collection of music from the bands that were a part of Factory Records' history. I highly suggest this, especially for the price. 63 songs on the cheap. The only downside to this collection is that it's heavy on New Order (9 songs) and Happy Mondays (8 songs) material, all of which can be found elsewhere on their own collections. A nice line-up, indeed.


I'm laughing at review 2 above. This is definately not Ashley Tisdale, but it is a good collection of post punk on the important Factory label. If you like The Dodos, Bonobo, Grizzley Bear, or a host of other bands, this is where it all started. Check some of it, or all of it, out!

Factory Records: Communications 1978-92
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  • $29.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: Jan 19, 2009

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