Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Order - Technique - the Definitive Edition - 1989


And now, the first of four posts leading into this weekend when I will be out of town.  Over the next four days, I will give you some primo albums for your permanent library.  No true Post Punk fan would be without them!!!

I consider this album, along with Cure's Disintegration, to be the last two great Post Punk albums of the 80s.  Probably the last two great Post Punk albums, PERIOD.

For some reason, I was fully aware of when Technique was going to come out.  I remember getting the cassette at the record store after school the day it came out.  I had a friend named Ed, and he and I drove around in sub-zero January temperatures in my car listening to this one.  From the very first note, I knew it was a classic.  This album represented the final half of my junior year in High School, and it also was the first major album release for me after my move from Chicago to the Midwest.

I've heard a lot of discussion of how the first half of the album is traditional Post Punk, and then how the second half drifts into proto-House music, and I can get that.  I do prefer the first half, as it's sound was more of a soul-caress for me, while the second half was more dancey and not really the mood I preferred at the time.  Saying that, I still consider the entire album to be a masterpiece beyond compare.  With the single remixes added, it even makes the second half more cohesive with the overall picture.

I liked the b-sides with the exception of Best In Marsh, which I just don't get.  That one track stands out like a greasy turd amongst the rest of the songs.  It was a pure throwaway phone-it-in track, but I still included it.  I'm pretty sure I got all of the mixes on here, might have missed one or two, but I don't think so.  I even got the wonderful Chronovisor mix of Run 2 on there as well.  What a great mix!

Most of you probably have all of these already, and that's fine.  But, now you have some nifty new covers and a awesome arrangement to boot.  For those who don't have this, what the hell are you thinking?!


13 comments:

  1. STELLAR! Thank you, this is great. Having it all together (instead of spread out across all the bits of vinyl filed-away) is a treat, cheers!

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  2. I had the same problem, too, for the longest time. It's preferred over their remastered...

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  3. VERY,VERY nice. Thanks.

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  4. For your info, Best & March was the theme music from a Manchester-made television programme presented by two of the most famous Manchester soccer players of the 70s, George Best of Manchester United and Rodney March of Manchester City, the latter of whom went on to play in the USA for Tampa Bay Rowdies in 1974. Manchester football based trivia courtesy of yours truly..! :-)

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  5. Marsh, not March. It was obviously a football based program. It was made by Granada Television, who featured Joy Division playing Shadowplay on the show "So It Goes" on 20 September 1978 - their first television appearance.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mpZUPPTyjo

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    1. Was the show any good? Have you seen it? Wonder if there are any bits out there with the song playing. It would almost make it worth it...

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    2. Here you go - Best and Marsh in all its glory..!
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPyO_n9SL5k

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  6. Love this. Thanks for your hard work on each post!

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  7. Hmmm, interesting to be reminded and remembered.
    I did 'Run 2" on Sep. 16 2008, and it still does seem to work.
    Cheers, |cv|.

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    1. Thanks for your hard work,sir! A LOT of us appreciate what you brought us!!!!

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    2. Your're very welcome.
      Cheers. |cv|

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  8. What I love about the '80s is that in the space of 10 short years you can top and tail the decade with stuff that was limited by the technology available (say, New Life by Depeche Mode or Wishing by Flock of Seagulls) and Fool's Gold (Stone Roses) - yeah, 1989, really, 90 album by 808 State, released in 1989 yeah, really, and Technique. Don't Do It is contender for best B-side of all time.

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