27 Sep 2007
New Order - iTunes Originals 
Just released this week on iTunes USA is a new New Order compilation. The tracks (some of which are billed as 'iTunes Originals' versions) are interspersed with spoken interludes by the members of the band.

Tracklisting

Transmission
Dreams Never End
Blue Monday
Bizarre Love Triangle
The Perfect Kiss
Love Vigilantes
True Faith
Round & round
Run Wild
Regret
Waiting For The Sirens' Call
Love Will Tear Us Apart

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Thanks to Bruce.

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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