New Order: Complete Music

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Music Complete came out last year and was New Order’s first full studio release since 2005’s Waiting For The Siren’s Call, and their first without Hooky. It saw them dump the more dominant guitars for a fairer balance of electronics and guitars. Gillian Gilbert returned. We thought it was their best record for ages, a chilled house vibe running throughout.

When it came out, a limited edition deluxe vinyl-only box set was available that included the original album plus 11 extended 12” mixes of each track. This new double CD sees the release of these tracks on CD and download.

Buy this and you get the original album but why you’d want it, we don’t know. Given the pleasing vibe on the initial release, stretching that original CD to double its length — this is a two-CD set — only makes the songs better. It’s like being back in the 80s and buying a 12” remix that improved on the shorter 45. There’s no clever “remixing” or producers adding their own signature sound, just longer versions of what were already good tracks. We could, and have been, listening to this all day. We noticed on Amazon that a number of 12” single compilations are out next month so maybe it’s a thing; extended versions are in, egotistical remixes are out.

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Weekly newspaper editor in Cheshire, England. I blog my editorials and the CDs I write about. I play drums, drink coffee, play music, meditate. I hate filling in forms.

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