23 Jun 2009
Factory Records: Communications 1978-92 is now available to buy in the USA. The 4CD set features Joy Division, New Order, Cabaret Voltaire, and Happy Mondays. It also includes a 38-page booklet containing rare photos, and in-depth liner notes.

Sample tracks via the special Listening Party available in Quicktime, WMA (1), WMA (2) and Real formats.

Listening Party Tracklist

1. Joy Division - Digital
2. Joy Division - She's Lost Control
3. New Order - Ceremony (original version)
4. New Order - Temptation
5. Happy Mondays - Step On
6. Happy Mondays - Sunshine And Love (Lionrock Remix)

Factory Records: Communications 1978-92 is available to buy now on Rhino via iTunes (US).

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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."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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