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Singles [Bonus Track]
     

Singles [Bonus Track]

by New Order
 

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One of alt-rock's most fascinating and innovative bands, New Order were kick-started by post-punk and recharged by dance-floor innovations -- hence the club mainstay "Blue Monday" (the bestselling 12" single of all time), which spun out of the band's experiments with a new drum machine. With a box set, the two-CD

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One of alt-rock's most fascinating and innovative bands, New Order were kick-started by post-punk and recharged by dance-floor innovations -- hence the club mainstay "Blue Monday" (the bestselling 12" single of all time), which spun out of the band's experiments with a new drum machine. With a box set, the two-CD Substance, and two single-disc overviews already in the bins, one might wonder where Singles fits into the New Order pantheon. Spread over two discs, the set chronicles all of the band's singles, in their original versions, including four from their most recent album, Waiting for the Siren's Call. Disc 1 replays most of Substance's first disc, adding the second New Order single, "Possession," and 1987's "Touched by the Hand of God." Among such must-have early singles as "Everything's Gone Green," "The Perfect Kiss," and "Bizarre Love Triangle" are the original versions of the gorgeous "Temptation" and the classic Arthur Baker–produced "Confusion," both of which had been rerecorded for Substance. The fever continues on Disc 2 with singles from 1989's club-savvy Technique (including the sweat-inducing "Fine Time" and "Run 2," which echoes New Order's beginnings); 1993's Republic (the Top 40 hit "Regret"); 2001's energized Get Ready (the soul-spiked anthem "Crystal"); and Siren's Call (the slinky "Jetstream"). Also appearing are 1990's World Cup single, "World in Motion," and Secret Machines' new, stripped-down remix of "Temptation," which plays cut-'n'-paste with the lyrics. From the haunting bass notes ushering in 1981's "Ceremony" (also Joy Division's final single) to the chiming melancholy of 2005's "Krafty," New Order's sound remains as distinctive and captivating as ever.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Now that Waiting for the Sirens' Call has been officially declared part of New Order's history, only eight months after release, it's time once again to reassess the group in the form of a mostly redundant compilation. Rhino calls Singles the group's "first ever career-spanning two-disc retrospective," but it's more like the group's first compilation to contain tracks from Sirens' Call. Besides, 1987's Substance spanned the group's career upon release and remains the basis for most New Order compilations (this one included), so it's no big deal. Just as importantly, over a third of the contents date from 1993 onward; that's too high a percentage to make the set an ideal introduction. Considering its title, Singles has a clear-cut purpose, unlike 2002's International. Then again, each of the 14 tracks contained on International are also here -- what amounts to an inferior version of Substance with some crucial tracks squeezed out in favor of lesser, later singles. A proper sequel to Substance, covering Technique through Sirens' Call, would've made more sense, but the lure in dressing up a combination of oft-recycled classics with slightly varying surroundings has yet to lose its appeal. Substance remains, and will likely always remain, the release to get you started.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2005
Label:
Warner Classics Uk
UPC:
0825646269020
catalogNumber:
462690

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Order   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Arthur Baker   Composer
John Denver   Composer
New Order   Composer,Producer
Keith Allen   Composer
Joy Division   Composer
Stephen Hague   Composer,Producer
Martin Hannett   Producer
John Leckie   Producer
Steve Osborne   Producer
John Robie   Composer,Producer
Stephen Street   Producer
Chemical Brothers   Producer
Peter Saville   Art Direction
Jim Spencer   Producer
Stuart Price   Composer,Producer
Arthur Baker   Remixing
David Quantick   Liner Notes
Bill Holding   Artwork

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