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Low-Life [Collector's Edition]

November 11, 2008 | Format: MP3
Also available in CD Format

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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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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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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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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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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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I remember when this album came out in 1985. New Order was the rebirth of Joy Division after Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980. Although they sounded nothing like the alternative punk roots of their former band, the synth-pop structure of New Order provided astounding success and longevity to the remaining members.

I purchased a couple of their 12" singles in the early 80's, but "Low-Life" was the first full-length New Order album I owned. I bought it after hearing "The Perfect Kiss" on a college radio station. The album cover was as enigmatic as "Unknown Pleasures," so I was intrigued. I soon wore out my vinyl copy because I listened to it so much.

With the exception of the opening track, "Love Vigilantes," which is the most non-New Order song ever composed, "Low-Life" defined their sound and the sound of the post-punk New Wave era. Nothing exemplifies this better than "Sooner Than You Think," a catchy dance-pop melody that appealed to suburban ravers and punk refugees alike.

The album was a frat-party favorite. You couldn't go anywhere on campus in those days without hearing "Low-Life" blasting from someone's stereo. It was a hit and a refreshing change to what was on top-40 radio.

This re-mastered CD expands on the eight original tracks by adding eight additional remixes and extended tracks, including the full-length seventeen minute "Elegia." I downloaded my copy on Amazon, and it sounds great. But I didn't get a digital booklet with the download. So, I'm curious if the CD booklet contains anything interesting like lyrics or rare photos. Regardless, the music is fun and built for a keg party.
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