Various Artists - Factory Communications 1978-92 [LP Box 2019 Repress]
+ Pretty incredible set of Northern British era-defining jams, all pressed on heavyweight vinyl and packaged in the most exacting Factory design, as always.
+ Includes a hardback book of extensive liner notes by Paul Morley.
'Factory Communications: 1978-92' is a tribute to the Factory label as well as a dedication to the founder, the late Tony Wilson.
Now making its debut on vinyl, the project celebrates arguably the most important label in UK pop history, collating rare and obscure tracks from a diverse range of acts.
It features 63 tracks including cuts from New Order, Joy Division, The Durutti Column, Happy Mondays, Electronic, A Certain Ratio, Section 25 and many others and includes sleeve notes written by Paul Morley.
This title was originally released as a limited edition, four CD collection in 2009 to mark Tony Wilson's passing. That edition is now out of print, never to be repeated. Until now and this vinyl version.
Factory records was founded in 1978 when former Granada TV presenter Tony Wilson teamed up with Alan Erasmus, soon to be joined by maverick producer Martin Hannett. The Factory name was first used for a club featuring local bands including The Durutti Column, Cabaret Voltaire and Joy Division.
The founding members of the label decided to release an EP of music by the acts who had performed there; “A Factory Sample” - and Factory Records was born.
Factory was however much more than just it’s headline acts. “Factory Communications: 1978-92” celebrates the label from the first release through an extremely diverse roster of acts from the cutting edge post punk of A Certain Ratio, Cabaret Voltaire, The Railway Children, OMD, James and Joy Division to obscurities such as Section 25, Biting Tongues, Crispy Ambulance, Miaow and Swamp Children via early dance culture - ESG and 52nd Street, to the full flowering of the ‘Madchester scene’, ending fittingly with the last Factory release, “Sunshine and Love” by Happy Mondays. Sleeve notes written by Paul Morley.
+ LPs pressed on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.
Side 1 (1978-79)
Joy Division - Digital
Cabaret Voltaire - Baader Meinhof
A Certain Ratio - All Night Party
OMD - Electricity (Factory version)
Joy Division - She’s Lost Control
The Distractions - Time Goes By So Slow
Side 2 (1979-80)
Joy Division - Transmission
The Durutti Column - Sketch For Summer
X-O-Dus - English Black Boys
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
A Certain Ratio - Shack Up
Side 3 (1980-81)
Section 25 - Girls Don’t Count
Crawling Chaos - Sex Machine
A Certain Ratio - Flight
The Names – Nightshift
Side 4 (1981)
New Order - Ceremony (original version)
Minny Pops - Dolphin’s Spurt
John Dowie - It’s Hard To Be An Egg
Crispy Ambulance - Deaf
Section 25 - Dirty Disco
Side 5 (1981)
New Order - Everything’s Gone Green
Tunnelvision - Watching The Hydroplanes
The Durutti Column - Messidor
A Certain Ratio - Knife Slits Water (LP version)
Side 6 (1982)
Royal Family and the Poor - Art on 45
Swamp Children - Taste What’s Rhythm
New Order – Temptation
Side 7 (1982-83)
52nd Street - Cool As Ice
New Order - Blue Monday
Side 8 (1982-84)
Cabaret Voltaire - Yashar (John Robie remix)
Quando Quango - Love Tempo
The Wake - Talk About The Past Side 9 (1983-84)
Side 9 (1983-84)
New Order - Confusion
Marcel King - Reach For Love
Section 25 - Looking from A Hilltop (Megamix)
Side 10 (1984-85)
Stockholm Monsters - All At Once
Life - Tell Me
The Durutti Column - Without Mercy (Duet)
James - Hymn From A Village
Kalima – Trickery
Side 11 (1985-87)
A Certain Ratio - Sounds Like Something Dirty
Quando Quango - Genius
Happy Mondays - Freaky Dancin’
Miaow - When It All Comes Down
Side 12 (1987)
The Railway Children - Brighter
Biting Tongues - Compressor
New Order - True Faith
Happy Mondays - 24 Hour Party People
Side 13 (1988-89)
New Order - Fine Time
Happy Mondays - W.F.L. (Think About the Future)
Revenge - Seven Reasons
Side 14 (1989-90)
Happy Mondays - Hallelujah (Club mix)
Electronic - Getting Away With It
Happy Mondays - Step On
Northside - Shall We Take A Trip
Side 15 (1990-91)
England New Order - World In Motion
Happy Mondays - Kinky Afro
The Durutti Column - Home
Electronic - Get The Message (DNA remix)
Side 16 (1991-92)
Northside - Take 5
Cath Carroll - Moves Like You (remix)
The Other Two - Tasty Fish
Happy Mondays - Sunshine and Love (Lionrock remix)
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