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Editors’ Notes

With Low-Life, New Order solidified its stance as one of the era’s most formidable alternative groups, making its mark in dance clubs and on college radio stations, far from the classic rock flavors favored by the mainstream throughout the ‘80s. “Love Vigilantes” opens the album on an unexpected note, downplaying familiar electronica in favor of a folk-like restraint and a conversational lead vocal that’s light years away from the band’s previously processed textures. Bassist Peter Hook’s scrappy, springing rhythms on “The Perfect Kiss” surfed underneath electronic layers and added subliminal melodies to the band’s harder guitar edge, bursting through again on “Sunrise” and “Face Up” and establishing New Order as an eclectic yet focused unit. “Elegia” is a dramatic instrumental that serves as a moment of pause and reflection. The desperate vocal calls of “Sooner Than You Think” and the dance-pop groove of “Sub-culture” are classic mid-‘80s New Order that would later define the era. The Collector’s Edition adds 12-inch remixes of many tracks (“The Perfect Kiss,” “Sub-culture” and a 17-minute take on “Elegia”) and “Shellshock,” which was used in the film Pretty In Pink.   

Customer Reviews

Great collection, but defective

This would indeed be a great collection to have where it not for the defects. Yes, defects! NewOrderonline has confirmed that there are several glitches (300 and counting) that can be heard throughout each re-released album. The band and London records are working on re-mastering all the CD's and Rhino Records will release them in 2009. Buy this collection now if you want to hear pops and channel skips on several songs or wait until the collections are released again in 2009.


METAL GEAR SOLID 5 brought me here haha

Don't let idiots reissue and repackage your records

So why are we still getting served the shortened Shellshock? This is the "Substance" version not the original 9+ minute 12" of Shellshock with the extra verse, guys? This reissue is only worth it for Sub-culture and dub-vulture. Don't waste your money on the rest.


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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