18 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
15 Ratings
15 Ratings
DriSATX77 ,

Good mix

Buy it!

Art Noveau ,

New Order is good, but….

How many compilations can a band put out before it gets old to do so? New Order alone has over five now! And it's tiring!

What makes this one stick out is that it connects Joy Division to New Order, which is nice. Also, it's length is not that bad, though I find the Shep Pettibone mix of "Love Triangle" inferior to the original. I might like it a bit longer, but it is mostly fine. Apart from the good songs themselves, this compliation had little going for it. The four stars are mainly for the songs themselves and adding JD.

The logical next step would be to add an Electronic song or two.

Edit: I have tried the 12" version of the Shep Pettibone mix, which is awesome.

SUMNER78 ,

Hellbent for New Order

Hellbent is a great song by New Order, they keep on making great music even after thirty years, New Order is an amazing band that made some of the best music around. It is very sad that they broke up, I hope that they put aside their differences and make great music again.

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