Cool as Ice: The Be Music Productions

Cool as Ice: The Be Music Productions

     
 

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One of the forgotten chapters in the story of New Order involves the group members' outside production work during the early '80s. In different combinations -- often including all-important input from A Certain Ratio drummer Donald Johnson -- …  See more details below

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One of the forgotten chapters in the story of New Order involves the group members' outside production work during the early '80s. In different combinations -- often including all-important input from A Certain Ratio drummer Donald Johnson -- Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, and Bernard Sumner produced a slew of releases under the name Be Music, most of which were released through Factory. This compilation is built around the more club-oriented productions, many of which have held up remarkably well throughout the years, despite the fact that they've been heard by a crowd far too small in number. Needless to say, none of these songs swelled to success on the level of "Blue Monday," "True Faith," or even "Confusion," but a few have since become underground dance classics -- secret weapons of keen DJs. The tracks with the highest profiles are from Section 25; "Looking from a Hilltop," included here in its eight-minute "Megamix" version, will forever carry a vicious foreboding zing -- an exhilarating cross between (actual) latter-day electro and early industrial dance. A pair of 52nd Street songs -- "Cool as Ice" and "Can't Afford to Let You Go" -- are just as infectious and vital as any of the early Jam & Lewis productions (such as Captain Rapp's "Bad Times"), and they deserved to make the crossover from the clubs to the U.S. airwaves. Paul Haig, Marcel King, Quando Quango, Thick Pigeon, and a small cast of relative unknowns also make appearances. The liner notes carry LTM's standard bounty of information, making the release all the more appealing to New Order/Factory fanatics who are late to the party.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2003
Label:
Darla Records
UPC:
5024545253924
catalogNumber:
2377

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Graham Ellis   Guitar,Group Member
Steve Morris   Guest Appearance
Mike Pickering   Saxophone
Gillian Gilbert   Guest Appearance
Andy Robinson   Group Member
Paul Trynka   Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Haig   Composer,Personnel
Section 25   Arranger
Dojo   Producer
Karen Brown   Personnel
Carter Burwell   Arranger,Personnel
Peter Hook   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Derek "Castro" Johnson   Personnel
Johnny Marr   Personnel
Steve Morris   Producer,Personnel
Mike Pickering   Composer,Personnel
Tony Thompson   Personnel
Simon Topping   Personnel
John Dennison   Personnel
Bernard Sumner   Producer,Personnel
Diane Charlemagne   Personnel
Chris Nagle   Engineer
Gillian Gilbert   Producer,Personnel
Marcel King   Composer
Peter Saville   Logo Design
Chris Jones   Engineer
Vincent Cassidy   Composer,Personnel
Jenny Cassidy   Composer,Personnel
Larry Cassidy   Composer,Personnel
Johnny Gluck   Engineer
Tony Henry   Composer,Personnel
Lee Shallcross   Composer,Personnel
James Nice   Track Selection,Sleeve Notes
Julien Potter   Artwork
Frank Brinkhuis   Track Selection,Sleeve Notes
Stanton Miranda   Songwriter,Composer,Personnel
Stewart Pickering   Engineer
Beverly MacDonald   Personnel
Fruitz   Producer
Paul Trynka   Personnel

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