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Power Corruption And Lies

New OrderAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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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 ... Read more in Amazon's New Order Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: London Records
  • ASIN: B000002L82
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,579 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Age Of Consent
2. We All Stand
3. The Village
4. 5 8 6
5. Blue Monday
6. Your Silent Face
7. Ultraviolence
8. Ecstasy
9. Leave Me Alone
10. The Beach

Editorial Reviews

Power, Corruption & Lies established New Order's identity separate from its previous incarnation as Joy Division. Containing "Blue Monday," one of the most sacredly important dance songs of all time, this album truly stands not only as New Order's most defining moment but perhaps as the most standard-setting moment in alternative dance. Yet as definitive as they may be, New Order have outsmarted any copycats. Owing in substantial part to Peter Hook's prominent and melodic bass lines, New Order's songs have always aspired to a complexity that maintains the band's timelessness. Rarely formulaic, New Order's songs are seldom overwhelmed by a four-on-the-floor throb. But interesting rhythms are just one facet of this musical diamond. Their foreboding, grim, and often just plain heartbreaking lyrics present a contradiction to most dance-pop songs, whose lyrics are almost always uplifting or even evangelical. With this album, New Order cut a path for themselves that was rarely, if ever, explored by other artists. --Beth Bessmer

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Power Corruption And Lies by New Order

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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Loaded with errors November 12, 2008
By paul
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 PC&L reissue:

1, Age of consent
2, We all stand
3, The village
4, 586 ("abrupt ending", "drops the last 4 bass notes")
5, Your silent face
6, Ultraviolence
7, Ecstasy
8, Leave me alone

Power, Corruption and Lies - bonus disc:
1, Blue Monday (L/R pans 0:07[sudden], and between 0:19 and 2:24. At 2:24 it pans back again. Unconfirmed whether this is on the original 12 inch)
2, The Beach
3, Confusion - Clicks at 4:04 and 6:00 (Left channel click at 8:06)
4, Thieves like us
5, Lonesome Tonight (clicks at 0:40 and 0:59)
6, Murder - "Clicks" at 0:35, 1:08, 1:29, 1:43, 2:03, 2:31, 2:43, 2:50, 3:00, 3:19, 3:26
7, Thieves like us (instrumental) (click at 1:03 )
8, Confusion (instrumental)
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the perfect mix November 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Whenever someone complains that electronic music is totally void of warmth or realism, I just point to this album. New Order play electronic music with the urgent and manic shifts of rock. Bernards vocals are earnest yet detatched, with guitar work that is jagged, random and sparse; Gillian and Stephen's percussion and synth sequences are both lively and rigid, an up-beat/down-march; Peter's basslines are fluid yet kinetic. This is a work of ironic friction. The warmth and humanity flow thru the restrained and urgent detatchment. The whole album sounds like a friend that wants to say something but can't, hiding it behind his/her eyes.
I would consider Power, Corruption & Lies an artistic/pop masterpiece in the true sense. The electronic and post-punk meanderings are only the charms that envelope the wonderfully angular pop sense that Bernard brings to his lyrics. Everything is so vague and pretty; it's like the album cover...just a random slice of still-life, full of colour and restraint. Tracks like 'Your Silent Face' or '5-8-6' explode with edgy, manic shades of light, sorta like impressionism via expressionism.
You won't be let down by this album. With the band themselves producing it, it's a natural workout of rock and electronics, perfectly blended together to make a classic.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clarification August 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is definitely in my top 10 of 1980s albums. I listened to it daily throughout 1983 and 1984. That said, I believe some clarification is in order.

The review just previous to this one incorrectly states that "The Village" was not on the original "Power, Corruption & Lies" that was released on vinyl in 1983. Actually, "The Village" was on the album, but "Blue Monday" backed with "The Beach" was a separate 12" single from around the same time. It was added when the album was released on CD a few years later. Unfortunately the record label thought it fitting to disrupt the original track order and "flow" of the album. These two songs should be listed as "bonus tracks" and be put at the end of the album, or maybe be left off altogether, since they are also on the "Substance" collection. What's more, Amazon didn't help by having their own review done by someone who was obviously unfamiliar with the original album.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheers to New Order; Jeers to Amazon December 13, 2012
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This is an outstanding record, and this reissue in particular is an excellent remastering/packaging of the original pressing.

My complaints are not about the product, but about Amazon's listing of it. At least two details are incorrect: (1) It does NOT include "a coupon for MP3 download of the album" as outlined in Amazon's editorial review, and (2) it does NOT include the tracks "Blue Monday" nor "The Beach" as outlined on Amazon's track listing (as it's a reissue of the original pressing, not the later American CD/cassette releases which included them).

These are both very important distinctions to someone considering purchase, and though it might not be intentional, from the perspective of a customer it appears as a bait-and-switch type of deception that Amazon suggest their inclusion. These kinds of lazy research errors seem all too common with Amazon listings, and are nothing short of criminal.

Get it together Amazon.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pinnacle of World-Weary Dance-Pop June 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Who could listen to the opening riff of "Age of Consent" and not be hooked? My first hearing of that remains a high point of my encounters with pop culture. I agree with other reviewers who've said that the album in its original form without "Blue Monday" was "better"; it was, but I'm still glad to have it, since I'm not a perfectionist about keeping cultural artifacts in some pristine state.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blows all their peers away October 19, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Let me just clear something up: New Order are not, nor have they ever been, a new wave synth-pop band. Their music inspired a lot of it, yes, and their most famous songs ('Bizarre Love Triangle', 'Blue Monday') were synth pop but the timelessness, power, emotion and innovation of their music has them being recognized now as easily one of the most respected, influential and popular bands of all time. Too much to be lumped in with some trendy garbage of the era. Their albums are modern classics.
It's too bad the sleeve for this album lost its magic in translation to cd format. The vinyl version of this album is stunning.
The music catches them wanting to ditch the heavy, stylized gloom of their Joy Division work and 'Movement'. Yet, they hadn't fully committed to making flat-out pop music like on every subsequent release. So every song bubbles with the sound of a psychedelic post-punk band with subtle programming echoing the New York City hip-hop and electro at the time. The lyrics are borderline incomprehensible, but they work because against the odds they evoke strong emotions, more so then on any other New Order album. The music is still overwhelmingly sad and joyous at the same time, a New Order trademark.
There are two very different versions of this album. The U.S. Warner release includes 'Blue Monday' and 'The Beach'. My problem with this version is that after the song 'Leave Me Alone' the album should just end, it's a natural and beautiful ending for the album, instead it jumps into a bouncy 7-minute electro workout 'The Beach'. It's just wrong!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The very definition of "New Wave."
When I started listening to New Order back in 2004, I loved a lot of their early songs such as "True Faith" and "Bizarre Love Triangle". Read more
Published 23 days ago by jdealy999
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Fontaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great buy..
Published 5 months ago by Julio Morales
4.0 out of 5 stars ah, the late 80's
Good late 80's clubbing songs, I recall from the partying days of my 20's. The not so popular ones are the best.
Published 14 months ago by James R Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful - one reason to buy album
One of very few I would consider complete only as an album and not just as individual tracks. I bought the original vinyl LP version in the 80's and am never tired of listening to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kenny Heng
5.0 out of 5 stars New Order what more can I say? ;)
Got this to replace my cd's that got ripped off. Great collection of New Order songs in this CD. Highly recommend this CD... ;)
Published 18 months ago by John W. Tam
5.0 out of 5 stars New Order's "PCL" Done Right
I've owned this recording it most formats: vinyl, cassette, CD.
Now I have the digital AND Compact Disc of this masterpiece. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars My son LOVES it!
My 27 y.o. son was thrilled when he opened this on Christmas morning. And since then he says he has played it a ton and LOVE it!
Published 19 months ago by Debra A. Fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Power, Corruption, and Lies
This is one of the best albums by New Order. Every song on it is unique in its own way. New Order are one of those bands that just keep on making great music.
Published 20 months ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Errors have been corrected.
I was hesitant to purchase the reissues due to all of the reports of pressing errors, but after purchasing Brotherhood at a record store and seeing that it was fine, I went ahead... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jonathan Pierce
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"blue monday" and "the beach" are on the *bonus disc* not the album disc itself.


i went to the rhino website (distribution arm for the united states) and saw the reissue will be available 8/25/2009.

also: If you have previously received the 2008 issue of this title... Read More
Aug 1, 2009 by Derek J. Power |  See all 4 posts
Problems with European versions of New Order remastered series
An update: forum member "Poptone" posted this at (on the fourth page of the thread, post dated 13/11/2008 4:53:06 PM):

"Rhino Records called me back today, after having left a phone message with their... Read More
Nov 15, 2008 by Amazon Customer |  See all 3 posts
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