Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of this 1983 album from the Manchester quartet, one of the most successful and consistent bands of the '80s and beyond. After the suicide of vocalist, Ian Curtis, the three ... more »surviving members of Joy Division regrouped under the band name New Order, adding Gillian Gilbert on keyboards. The rest, as they say, is history. Disc One in this package contains the original album in its digitally remastered glory. Disc Two is filled with eight non-album singles, B-sides and remixes. This is as great as it gets! Rhino UK. 2008.« less
Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of this 1983 album from the Manchester quartet, one of the most successful and consistent bands of the '80s and beyond. After the suicide of vocalist, Ian Curtis, the three surviving members of Joy Division regrouped under the band name New Order, adding Gillian Gilbert on keyboards. The rest, as they say, is history. Disc One in this package contains the original album in its digitally remastered glory. Disc Two is filled with eight non-album singles, B-sides and remixes. This is as great as it gets! Rhino UK. 2008.
"Well, I saw the new versions of the 5 Factory reissues of New Order's catalogue on London/Warner/Rhino at Boston's Newbury Comics...you can tell the new versions, as they don't have the clear slipcases, just shrinkwrapped with the stickers on front and back, and they include a second booklet with the contents of all 5 reissues...so to try it out, get my feet wet so to speak, I bought "Power, Corruption & Lies", as it has the 12"s of both "Blue Monday" and "Thieves Like Us", as well as "Age Of Consent" and "Your Silent Face".
Kept my fingers crossed.
The album sounds great.
Kept my fingers crossed again.
Popped on Disc 2, Track 1, "Blue Monday"...the verdict??? It sounds fantastic, the remastering, and most important??? NO ERRORS!!!!!!!!!!!! This should have happened back in November, 2008, but I guess better late than never, right??? The booklet's packaging is great, down to the fine details, the liner notes are great and a fun read, and the info booklet is great because you know what's in the other 4 reissues, what Factory releases they came from initially, and you can compare them with the boxset "Retro" and other titles you may have.
So I then just bought "Low Life"...same thing, all great, even though the discs are reversed, like the label on Disc 1 should have gone on Disc 2 and vice versa...anybody else have this problem??? No biggie.
Will be buying the other 3 in time, and the 3 Joy Division deluxes...but any word on when/if deluxes of New Order's other 3 albums will happen: that of 1993's "Republic" with "Regret", 2001's "Get Ready" and 2005's "Waiting For The Siren's Call"??? If not, I'll buy the regulars, but I need to know, thanks.
In time...it's a green light on this corrected "PC&L"...and "Low Life"...buy it!!"
Amazon still shipping mis-mastered editions
Chris Bonham | los angeles, CA USA | 01/20/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Just purchased this on January 20, 2010, and received the 2008 mis-pressed edition. The 2009 fixed editions have been out since September 2009 but the original versions are still in circulation apparently. Buyer beware -"
Caution DO NOT BUY THIS
dietermod | Akron, OH United States | 08/27/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"These CD's have been in effect recalled for numerous sonic errors primarily on the second disks. DO NOT BUY the November 11, 2008 versions. Rhino has re-released them as of August 25, 2009. These are the corrected versions."
H. Jin | Melbourne, Australia | 09/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After the lacklustre 'Movement', New Order slowly began to incorporate electronc elements into their sound over the next few years. The end result is 'Power, Corruption and Lies'; their best, most focussed, and most consistent album.
Part of the reason for its classic status is that there's really something for everyone here. About half of the album is dominated by the icy electronica that characterised their smash hit 'Blue Monday' ('5-8-6', 'Your Silent Face', 'Ultraviolence', 'Ecstacy'), but there are also nods to their Joy Division past on 'We All Stand' and 'Leave Me Alone', and to their poppier future on 'Age of Consent' and 'The Village'. And the different moods on the album (warm, reflective, unsettling and even sinister) added a human element to a style that was often perceived to be emotionless and distant.
Most elements of the typical New Order sound were in place by now. Peter Hook's bass, played at the upper end of its register, takes the lead role. Gillian Gilbert's keyboards are now warm and inviting. Stephen Morris easily adapts his Krautrock-based Joy Division drumming into dance beats. And while Bernard Sumner wasn't the greatest singer in the world, he shows some variation in his vocals, at different times sounding wistful, detached or intense.
The best part of this album is its consistency, which you can't always say about New Order albums. No song sounds weak or out of place, and the musicianship and lyrics are some of the strongest in the New Order catalogue. The band sound confident and assured, which is a welcome sign after struggling for a few years to develop their own sound.