Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Various ‎Palatine The Factory Story / 1979-1990



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Palatine: The Factory Story/1979-1990 is a box set that combines the four separately released discs that distill the history of Manchester, England's Factory Records. Thanks to a roster that included the likes of Joy Division, New Order, Cabaret Voltaire, the Durutti Column, and (later) the Happy Mondays, Factory is regarded along the same level as Rough Trade, Postcard, Mute, 4AD, and Creation as one of the most important indie labels -- U.K. or otherwise -- to have broken the mold of the large company-based music industry during the late '70s and early '80s. Aside from the aforementioned acts, Factory never really became much of a force on the charts, save for the occasional hit. However, these four discs are impressive in gathering a good percentage of quality music that varies from post-punk to synth pop to Madchester to just plain weird. Each of the discs holds a particular theme, whether it's the mood or the time period covered. (Beware: The title of the box is deviously similar to the third volume, titled Palatine: The Factory Story, Vol. 3/1979-1989). There aren't any major omissions throughout these 49 songs; a healthy amount of attention is paid to the label's biggest acts, and smaller notables like A Certain Ratio, ESG, and the Stockholm Monsters are thankfully represented. While it could be argued that Crispy Ambulance and the Names could have been included instead of the nth New Order inclusion or arguably lesser acts like Kalima or Quando Quango, there aren't any true gripes to be had with this package

1 comment:

apopfansdream said...

A great compilation - one that complements the later Factory Communications box.

This is a handy guide to both sets.

[TRACKS THAT APPEAR ON BOTH BOXSETS]
Joy Division / Transmission (3:36)
Durutti Column, The / Sketch For Summer (3:00)
X-O-Dus / English Black Boys (4:46)
Joy Division / Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:26)
A Certain Ratio / Shack Up (3:14)
Marcel King / Reach For Love (5:27)
52nd Street / Cool As Ice (7:48)
Cabaret Voltaire / Yashar (John Robie Remix) (7:31)
Quando Quango / Genius (6:25)
Happy Mondays / 24 Hour Party People (4:38)
Tunnelvision / Watching The Hydroplanes (3:52)
Distractions, The / Time Goes By So Slow (3:21)
Wake, The / Talk About The Past (6:25)
Railway Children, The / Brighter (4:55)
Miaow / When It All Comes Down (3:30)
Revenge / Seven Reasons (4:09)
James / Hymn From A Village (2:53)
New Order / True Faith (5:54)
Happy Mondays / W.F.L. (Think About The Future) (7:12)
New Order / World In Motion (4:31)
Electronic / Getting Away With It (5:16)

[TRACKS THAT APPEAR ON PALATINE ONLY]
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark / Electricity (3:32)
A Certain Ratio / All Night Party (3:14)
ESG / You're No Good (3:11)
James / Folklore (2:51)
A Certain Ratio / Flight (6:05)
Section 25 / New Horizon (6:04)
New Order / Ceremony (4:25)
Stockholm Monsters / Happy Ever After (3:07)
Quando Quango / Tingle (5:30)
New Order / The Beach (7:18)
Section 25 / Looking From A Hilltop (4:38)
A Certain Ratio / Skip Scada (2:09)
Kalima / Sparkle (3:41)
New Order / Confusion (4:42)
Fadela / N'Sel Fik (7:10)
Joy Division / Wilderness (2:37)
Stockholm Monsters / Partyline (5:50)
Happy Mondays / Kuff Dam (3:06)
New Order / Age Of Consent (5:15)
Durutti Column, The / Otis (4:15)
Durutti Column, The / The Together Mix (6:07)
Northside / Shall We Take A Trip (5:28)
Steve Martland / The World Is In Heaven (Classical Version) (4:02)
Wendys, The / Pulling My Fingers Off (4:03)
Cath Carroll / Moves Like You (4:14)
Northside / My Rising Star (6:27)
Happy Mondays / Step On Remix '91 (4:27)
Joy Division / Atmosphere (4:11)

[TRACKS THAT APPEAR ON COMMUNICATIONS ONLY]
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark / Electricity (Factory Version) (3:45)
Section 25 / Looking From A Hilltop (Megamix) (8:10)
New Order / Confusion (8:13)
Northside / Shall We Take A Trip (4:24)
Cath Carroll / Moves Like You (Remix) (6:33)
Happy Mondays / Step On (5:18)
Joy Division / Digital (2:51)
Cabaret Voltaire / Baader Meinhof (3:23)
Joy Division / She's Lost Control (4:54)
Section 25 / Girls Don't Count (4:28)
Crawling Chaos / Sex Machine (5:39)
A Certain Ratio / Flight (6:04)
Names, The / Nightshift (3:37)
New Order / Ceremony (Original Version) (4:37)
Minny Pops / Dolphin's Spurt (2:51)
John Dowie / It's Hard To Be An Egg (3:09)
Crispy Ambulance / Deaf (3:57)
Section 25 / Dirty Disco (5:19)
New Order / Everything's Gone Green (5:34)
Durutti Column, The / Messidor (2:31)
A Certain Ratio / Knife Slits Water (LP Version) (7:36)
Royal Family And The Poor / Art On 45 (4:49)
Swamp Children / Taste What's Rhythm (6:06)
New Order / Temptation (8:58)
New Order / Blue Monday (7:29)
Quando Quango / Love Tempo (7:55)
Stockholm Monsters / All At Once (2:57)
Life / Tell Me (3:10)
Durutti Column, The / Without Mercy (Duet) (2:33)
Kalima / Trickery (4:28)
A Certain Ratio / Sounds Like Something Dirty (6:56)
Happy Mondays / Freaky Dancin' (3:45)
Biting Tongues / Compressor (4:52)
New Order / Fine Time (4:45)
Happy Mondays / Hallelujah (Club Mix) (6:29)
Happy Mondays / Kinky Afro (3:59)
Durutti Column, The / Home (5:39)
Electronic / Get The Message (DNA Remix) (5:27)
Northside / Take 5 (4:12)
Other Two, The / Tasty Fish (3:51)
Happy Mondays / Sunshine And Love (Lionrock Remix) (7:19)

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