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Editors’ Notes

Among the glut of New Order compendiums, Singles stands out. From their earliest post-Joy Division cuts to their liberating grasp of dance music and their endless redefinitions of it (a “Wooo!” on the fade of “Everything’s Gone Green” feels like a summing up of the story), these two CDs clock the changes of a serious, wry, joyous band. Their adeptness at both floor-fillers and Velvet Underground-informed rock has made for a new kind of anthem, one that resonates through “Blue Monday” and “Bizarre Love Triangle,” “Rock the Shack” and “Crystal.” Bernard Sumner’s sometimes (unfairly) maligned words deepen New Order’s meanings with their thoughtful dissections of romance, and witty cuts at same. Like the earlier Substance, this set gives a different view than the one that evolves through listening to the studio albums. But its insistence on New Order as short-form masters paints a ravishing picture.

Customer Reviews

Ten dollars more for one bonus song?

This is my second review of this album - it appears on itunes twice now. I should preface this by saying I am a huge fan of New Order. How their music is marketed lately, however, really frustrates me. I love and recommend every song on this album, but as I stated before, 'Run 2' is mislabeled - it isn't the rare remix, just the album version from 'Technique.' And to further add to my frustration, this album is $10 more expensive, but only contains one song more than the other version here on iTunes. Perhaps this is why Steve Jobs wanted to keep all songs at 99 cents each...

A great opportunity, but...

Setting aside the fact that New Order has been compiled several times recently already, this collection could in fact serve its own important purpose: a chronological statement of all of New Order's 4-minute radio singles spanning a 25-year career. Whereas Substance was meant as a collection of 12-inch singles, this could have been meant as a collection of 7-inch singles, and thus many of these versions would have been unique to this release and much appreciated by collectors and fans and even your basic pop enthusiasts. However, the compiler got sloppy, and this collection is ever-so-slightly botched. Here is what you should know: on the plus side, "Ceremony" is the original single version, not the common '81 re-recording that featured on both Substance and Retro, while "Temptation" and "Confusion" are also both the original versions, not the '87 re-recordings canonized by Substance. However, "Thieves Like Us" and "Fine Time" appear in some countries as the edited short versions, though here they are inexplicably full-length. And, as many others have said, "Run 2" is simply the album version of "Run" and is therefore mislabelled. The compilation is still a great showcase of New Order's development over time with fantastic remastered sound, but thematically, its reason for existence has been slightly squandered. (iTunes currently hosts a second version of this for $10 cheaper; the only difference is this one's inclusion of the Secret Machines' new remix of "Temptation.")

Um Er Hello?

An observation and a request, where is Substance? I am an audiophile looking to rebuild my collection, best of doesn't cut it. I like many out there have spent alot of money (AGAIN!) to get the best quality mp3's. Why isn't this album available? It should be.....


Formed: 1980 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Rising from the ashes of the legendary British post-punk unit Joy Division, the enigmatic New Order triumphed over tragedy to emerge as one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of the 1980s; embracing the electronic textures and disco rhythms of the underground club culture many years in advance of its contemporaries, the group's pioneering fusion of new wave aesthetics and dance music successfully bridged the gap between the two worlds, creating a distinctively thoughtful and oblique brand...
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