Low-Life [Collector's Edition]

November 11, 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 29, 2008
  • Release Date: September 29, 2008
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2008 London Records 90 Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:42:17
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  • ASIN: B001KQG9TE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,087 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

New Order was the best (and most substantive) new wave band of the 1980s.
Brian D. Rubendall
The guitar is very heavy, almost too heavy, and maybe the song isn't quite up to the standards of the rest of the album, but it's still New Order, and damn good.
Aria of Quills
Everyone who is a New Order fan already knows how wonderful this music is so go out and buy it!
Michael C. Merritt

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84 of 95 people found the following review helpful By paul on November 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The MUSIC on these New Order reissues get a 5/5, easily. However, there were far too many egregious mistakes made in the creation of the discs themselves to give them a pass. Only the first discs were re-mastered though they still have some problems, it is the bonus discs that are an absolute mess.

Warner Music/Rhino know about these problems, but there is yet no word on any forthcoming fixes. So I'd hold off until these issues are addressed.

Noted below are the specific problems with the Low Life reissue:

Low-Life (1985) Digipak spine says "1983"
1. Love Vigilantes 4:19
2. The Perfect Kiss 4:50
3. This Time of Night 4:45
4. Sunrise 6:01 - Sudden volume drop in right channel at 2:36
5. Elegia 4:55
6. Sooner Than You Think 5:11
7. Sub-culture 4:58
8. Face Up 5:06
Overall: the album tracks "sound like they've been mastered from the Centredate cd's and not the masters themselves" "this release is a massive disappointment. I would advise to NOT buy it - "Sleeve notes full of errors" "Did anyone proof read these?"

Low-Life - bonus disc
1. The Perfect Kiss 8:50 - Dubious sound quality, clicks, 'crackles', and pops at 0:07, 0:11, 0:16, 0:20, 0:23, 0:25, 0:30, 0:42, 0:50, 0:54, 1:08, 1:19, 1:23, 1:28, 1:32, 1:38, 1:56, 2:12, 2:32, 3:01, 3:03, 3:10, 3:11, 3:15, 3:24, 3:29, 3:40, 3:54, 3:57, 4:52, 4:59, 5:04, 5:06, 5:11, 5:13, 5:15, 5:18, 5:20, 5:27, 5:41, 6:08, 6:09, 6:37, 6:42, 6:44, 6:47, 6:51, 6:56, 7:12, 7:47, 7:49, 8:10, 8:15, 8:20, 8:36, and 8:38.
2. Subculture 7:27 - Glitches "run the whole way through it", namely at: 0:02, 0:04, 0:07, 0:08, 0:23, 0:48, 0:56, 1:24, 1:32, 1:58, 2:09, 2:47, 2:50, 3:13, 3:52, 3:55, 3:57, 3:59, 4:30, 4:35, 4:48, 4:55, 4:57, 5:04, 5:18, 5:46, 5:49, 6:38, and 6:52.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bighairydoofus on February 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the album that best strikes the balance between what they once were and what they were to become. They still remembered their beginnings while breaking new ground. Dance and club beats aside, listen to elegia and tell me that it isn't a powerful piece of music.
I just wish they'd come out with a remastered CD. The original I've had since 86 pales to the UK vinyl... come on, guys. Break out the master tapes and show us what's really there. We deserve it after all these years.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By dietermod on August 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD
These CD's have been in effect recalled for numerous sonic errors primarily on the second disks. DO NOT BUY the November 11, 2008 versions. Rhino has re-released them as of August 25, 2009. These are the corrected versions.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 1998
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion, this is New Order's greatest achievement, album-wise. I may be way off here, but to me it seems to be the last album in which the suicide of their former Joy Division singer Ian Curtis is a priority in the lyrics. Perhaps they said all they needed to say to him and about him with this album and were finally able to go on their on way with each successive work. The leadoff song "Love Vigilantes" may very well be the finest kickoff album track of the 80's, a defiantly rock and roll song that almost seems out of place in New Order's quite impressive canon. Along the way you will be treated to such typical NO tracks as The Perfect Kiss and Subculture along with a stunningly beautiful instrumental "Eligia" and such amazingly perfect electronic-flavored masterpieces as Face Up and Sunrise. It's an album you can dance to and album you can listen to with the headphones on and the shades drawn and not be disappointed. If you only know New Order through Bizarre Love Triangle or True Faith, then this album will open your eyes to what else they can accomplish. If you don't know New Order at all, then I suggest you buy this and get prepared to lay out big money for everything else they've ever recorded. END
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Pierce on November 11, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've been really hesitant to buy these due to all of the pressing errors. I just wanted to let everyone know that as of a few weeks ago, I have all of the New Order reissues, and the errors have been fixed. If you're hesitant, don't be. I ordered all of them through Amazon minus Brotherhood, and they're all just dandy. Obviously the albums are five stars, no need to elaborate on that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher G. Huttman on June 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The folk song that opens this album really gives you no clue as to what is to follow. The version of the Perfect Kiss on this record is subpar to the remixed single version (which would be OUT of place on this record, just as Blue Monday is out of place on the cd reissue of P,C,L). But as this song is subpar to its single counterpart, Subculture blows away its overblown single counterpart, so they cancel each other out. This Time of Night and Sunrise outrock any traditional "rock" band out there, they're very dark and powerful. If you can listen to this recording on vinyl, turn it up all the way on side 1, its really draining in a way that only Joy Division or the Velvet Underground before them were able to capture. Side 2 that starts with Elegia is very complex. Sooner Than You Think is obviously the centerpiece of the album but Face-up is a nice close too. This album has a lot of soul, and that's hard to come by these days (and especially in so called soul music!). This album is also very mysterious (in a way that really only New Order albums are). It begs repeated listenings not only because of its depth but because it can accentuate any mood or feeling you have at the time. In other words, leagues ahead of everything and anything U2 ever did. But if you made it to this page, you should know that already. (I'd also like to point out that the 3 star reviewer specifically mentions 60% of the album as the highlight of the album, what's up with that?). In summary, Substance (and the singles) are good for casual listening, but like all New Order albums, Low-life transends itself as just a record and takes on a life of its own. It has few peers (Pet Sounds, The Queen is Dead, Born to Run). Buy it TODAY!
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