Factory Records: Communications 1978-92
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 12.7 x 14.61 x 1.27 cm; 443.1 g
- メーカー : Rhino/Wea UK
- EAN : 0825646937905
- 製造元リファレンス : 2701_43042_6391
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : Rhino/Wea UK
- ASIN : B001E1GXP0
- ディスク枚数 : 1
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Limited edition 2009 four CD collection, a tribute to the great Factory Records label as well as a dedication to the label's founder, the late Tony Wilson. The project celebrates 30 years of arguably the most important label in UK pop history, collating rare and obscure tracks from a diverse range of acts. Features 63 tracks including cuts from New Order, Joy Division, The Durutti Column, Happy Mondays, Electronic, A Certain Ratio, Section 25 and many others. Sleeve notes written by Paul Morley. Rhino UK.
No doubt some fans will have seen the track listing and felt disappointment that some crucial artists are missing (Abecedarians? The Wendys?) but, as Savage goes on to point out "to include everything would be impossible as well as barely listenable".
I may as well get my other gripes out of the way now: Section 25, Durutti Column and A Certain Ratio were three of the best bands of all time, never mind on Factory but this collection doesn't always showcase their best material - and is a wasted opportunity in that respect. Also there are a few pointless inclusions on here - how many people purchasing this will not already own "Blue Monday"? Zero. And "Get the Message (DNA Mix)"? The beginning of the end for Factory that one if you ask me.
Anyway, these are minor criticisms - this really is a rather well put together package - sleeve notes by Paul Morley at his more readable (no "Why are New Order?"-type stuff), 100+ words on each and every track by LTM's James Nice. And then there's the music...I think I'll let that speak for itself but here are a few hidden gems: "Baader Meinhof" (unless you're already a member of the Fac-2 Owners' Club), "English Black Boys (hadn't realised Dennis Bovell had ever done anything for Factory?), "Reach for Love" (of course,...typified the Factory sound by being atypical). Also, disc 4 has a nice early nineties home-tape/Balearic feel to it - probably the only one of the four discs you could play at a house party without raising eyebrows.
So, a creditable attempt by Rhino to round up my all-time favourite record label. Factory re-invented music and now more than ever is the time for re-invention - so check it out.
Ie: including 7 tracks by the awful Happy Mondays; the completely worthless (and insulting!) 'World in Motion'; another re-mix that we just don't need of the over-rated 'Confusion'...
This level of laziness/pandering is inexcusable.
Briefly: CD 1 is the finest series of music thus far committed to disc. CD 2 ditto but slightly less so. CD 3 sees an alarming drop in quality but still contains a few gems. CD 4 is a stinker.
Major good things: finally the superb 12" 'Temptation' on disc; 'Hymn From A Village', 'Ceremony', Section 25's 'Looking From A Hilltop', the Distractions 'Time Goes By So Slow'...
Major bad things: all of CD 4, too much Mondays (one representative track would've been more than enough), nowhere near enough critical perspective (compiler Jon Savage is usually reliable - he's obviously been caught on a bad day) and the usual Paul Morley contributions, which are now unfortunately - in relation to Factory Records anyway - morosely repetitive and meandering.
Morley's own epic: 'North by Northwest' suffered identical faults to this set but was a worse offender; he had a much bigger pond over which to cast his net.
I like Morley a lot but enough already; his seemingly inevitable outpourings have become as predictable as the label instinctively and resolutely wasn't.
Baddest bad in the world: with all the Crispy Ambulance to choose from - they pick 'Deaf' - their worst song.
Bestest best in the world: 'Tell Me' by Life. The most beautiful, energetic recording ever on Factory Records; this, by all that's good in the world, is the crucial reason why '1978 - 1992' SHOULD exist.
'Communications' should be the greatest compilation of music ever released (the Zoo compilation 'Uncaged' currently holds that noble distinction). The first two discs comfortably achieve this, but an overall lack of objectivity and lazy over-reliance on their most profitable but artistically suspect turns designate it (hurtfully) a middle of the field also-ran.