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Certainly smarter than your average greatest-hits collection, SUBSTANCE mostly is a gathering of New Order's early singles that never appeared on their albums, along with 12" single mixes that perhaps had become rare almost immediately after their initial release. 24 songs of these types are here on SUBSTANCE for posterity, but instead of it being another way of bringing royalities to the band, it's an extremely fine introduction to New Order, who at this point were just on the cusp of mainstream chart success.
New Order's debut single "Ceremony" was actually one of the last songs Joy Division ever wrote, and it hints at a possible lightening up that the band may have been undergoing at the time of Ian's death. It certainly is much warmer than the engaging coldness of most Joy Division music, and one can only wonder what it would have been like had Ian lived long enough to record it. "In A Lonely Place" is another great Joy Division cast-off that New Order manages to make into their own.Read more ›
During the 80's, New Order crafted a unique and wonderful sound combining the fretty guitar work and almost-spoken vocals of Bernard Sumner, the absolutely wicked, high range lead bass guitar playing of Peter Hook, Stephen Morris's near-machine like drumming, and Gillian Gilbert's swirling keyboards.
Danceable, introspective, almost despondent, New Order somehow created brilliant, emotional songs through vocals and instrumental playing almost entirely lacking in any emotion, and, in so doing, laid the groundwork for much of today's dance music.
No one who appreciates wonderful music, then, should allow themselves to be unfamiliar with New Order, which is why this CD is a perfect purchase as it includes all of their best work.
Everything is here - the brilliantly written Ceremony ("Note for whom wheels are turning / Turn again and turn towards this time...."), the drug induced lyrics of Temptation ("Oh, you've got green eyes / Oh, you've got blue eyes, Oh, you've got grey eyes..."), the infamous, detached Blue Monday who's drum machine created beat sounds only slightly less machine-like than Bernard Sumner's vocals on the same, The Perfect Kiss, a beautiful, complicated multi-layered song combining just about every element of New Order's sound, the classic Bizarre Love Triangle ("Every time I see you falling / I get down on my knees and pray") and the sublime True Faith ("I used to to think that the day would never come / I'd see the light in the face of the morning sun...")
And that's just disc 1. Disc 2 has the b-sides from the above songs.Read more ›
The Everything's Gone Green EP is the sound of New Order's road back from Joy Division's sound. The dance elements are there already - the jumping, processed synthesizers in the title track and "Procession" - but Sumner's singing still carries traces of Curtis.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
New Order is one of the best bands of the 80's and I am a big fan. However, I'm a little disappointed that I was only sent the second disc of this two disc set. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer G. Mecum
This is a COPY made in Argentina, not an original CD. The insert was bent on the inside of the cheap case. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carissa Pruett
This version of Blue Monday alone is worth the price.Published 4 months ago by Christopher C Schaefer
I like New Order better than Joy Division. I cannot stand the sob sob wailings of Mr Curtis. New Order on the other hand one can listen to without the 19 years old besserwissers... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jeffery
Not much to say. If you want a great mix of classic New Order, this is what you want.Published 5 months ago by C. Demeter
Simply a replacement for the tape I lost years ago. So glad I purchased the CD and ripped it to my HDD; always brings back memories. Read morePublished 7 months ago by redcajun
previously owned on tape with joy division substance. cd is an import which is not mentioned in description is why I can only give 3 starsPublished 11 months ago by Bravo52
Skips quite a bit out of the box - different packaging than when I first bought it - According to the local cd guy in Austin these are made in South America with little to no... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Steven