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Get Ready Import

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 22 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea
  • ASIN: B00005MIPN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 177 customer reviews
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1. Crystal
2. 60 Miles An Hour
3. Turn My Way
4. Vicious Streak
5. Primitive Notion
6. Slow Jam
7. Rock The Shack
8. Someone Like You
9. Close Range
10. Run Wild
11. Behind Closed Doors

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The Japanese version of their 2001 reunion album features a bonus track: Behind Closed Doors.

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On Get Ready, New Order, the band who wrote the immediate future of electronic dance music on 1983's omnipotent "Blue Monday", return ready to rock--there's nothing vaguely Arthur Baker or Balearic here. For the most part, Get Ready keeps the keyboards trim and unobtrusive and revels in raw drums and wires; Bernard Sumner's funk-inclined, scratchy dog-with-fleas guitars; Peter Hook's shin-level punk bass lines; sinuous human greyhound Steve Morris--possibly the thinnest chap ever to grace a drum stool--kicking the machines into touch and keeping time with clockwork proficiency. All that, and those finely conceived bittersweet melodies, plus some questionable phrases: "It's like honey, you can't buy it with money" sings Sumner on the otherwise splendid "Crystal", a natural, guitar-rock pop-song successor to the mighty "Regret". And if "60 Miles an Hour" is a mite melodically predictable, then "Primitive Notion" is a thrilling throwback to Joy Division's "Heart and Soul". Try humming that bass line, tapping out that drum pattern and then compare the line "Don't look at me with your critical smile" to Ian Curtis's "I observe with a critical eye". Whatever, there's a cracking chorus right up there in the naggingly memorable "True Faith" / "Love Will Tear Us Apart" category. Of the much-publicised collaborations (the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie) it's the lusty half-Stones/half-Stooges leather-trousered swagger of "Rock the Shack"--with the Primal Scream frontman mewing like a lecherous tomcat--which steals the limelight. But in the grand old tradition of leaving the best until last, "Run Wild" is perhaps New Order's most touching moment--folky acoustic guitar, lonesome sentiment, teardrop melodica, the line "If Jesus comes to take your hand, I won't let go" and warm strings sweeping in to offer support like the touch of a much-cherished comfort blanket. Get Ready is a great album, one which secures New Order's future far further than they could have imagined. --Kevin Maidment --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Audio CD
I went through my teen years in the 80's, at the height of New Order's (at least, American) popularity and commercial success. I always knew and liked New Order, even owned a few of their CD's (we called them "records" then). I recognized then that they stood apart from the other techno/synth bands for some reason, but never really appreciated the music until rediscovering the band with "Get Ready". I can't praise this CD enough. The most impressive thing about "Get Ready" is how modern the music sounds while not departing too much from the music they've recorded in the past. Somehow they've managed to continue to write and play songs in a similar style through the years, yet the music remains new. The strange thing about this band is that, on paper, they don't look good (at least, in my mind). The combination of (largely) computer and electronically generated music, a weak voiced singer (no offense, guy) and apparently simple lyrics shouldn't work, but it does. I once read that Bernard Sumner believes that there is something spiritual about New Order and I believe he must be correct. A few gems from "Get Ready" - "Crystal" is the best of New Order, the lyrics and music beautifully capture a kind of defiant vulnerabilty; the song has energy to burn. "Slow Jam" is full of energy, wit and unbridled joy (so refreshing to hear lyrics like "I don't want the world to change"). Finally, "Vicious Streak", while it sounds deceptively simple, both musically and lyrically on first listen, that GD song is addictive. If it were as simple as it initially seems, I know I could not listen to it repeatedly. In any case, if you were a New Order dilettante in the 80's, pick up "Get Ready" now and rediscover New Order as the extraordinary band that they are.
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Format: Audio CD
There's not many bands that can claim to be making music equally good as all their previous records twenty-one years on. For this latest release New Order have consolidated all previous strengths to make an utterly fantastic record. This is like a synthesis of the less dance-centred Technique tracks like 'Guilty Partner', the better songs off 'Republic', the last Electronic album 'Twisted Tenderness' (Bernard's excellent side-project with Johnny Marr) and, in the case of 'Primitive Notion', Joy Division. It joins Brotherhood as the second New Order album where guitars are at the fore, but the synths still give real depth to the sound which you just wouldn't find with a straightahead rock band. Producer Arthur Baker lends does a fantastic job of making the sound more modern and complex than previous New Order records, and its all just a party of life-affirming, fantastic noise.
The album kicks off with 'Crystal' which as so many have said is one of their finest singles ever, just condensing everything thats great with soaring bass, a rush of guitars, a beautiful melody and deepening synths. 'Turn My Way' with Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan is also a masterstroke after Corgan flaunted his New Order influence on tracks on his album 'Adore' like 'Appels and Oranjes'. 'Primitive Notion' is dark, claustrophobic and rocky and seems the most Joy Division-esque work they have done since the early 80s. 'Rock The Shack' with Primal Scream is an all-out dirty rock stomper, and closer 'Run Wild' is even more rare for New Order - an folky, even gospel, acoustic-led ballad which could be a Beatles tunes its so catchy. The only track here I'm not wild about is 'Slow Jam' which seems to be is a slightly bogstandard guitar-rock song and doesn't have the magic which New Order trademark. Never mind though, the rest is so triumphant and life-affirming that its 5 stars anyway.
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Format: Audio CD
What the world needs now is love, sweet love... and New Order. "Get Ready" is a much needed electro pop shot to the polluted air waves that make up today's music scene. Sure, the lyrics at time seem a bit childish and corny, but this is New Order, I listen to them for the over-all feel of.. New Order I guess, not deep, emotional lyrical content. "Get Ready" sounds like a slight update to some of their great records from the eighties and nineties. New Order have simply rocked up a bit of their normal material and the end result is a very well made rock-dance groover.
I think the overall sound of "Get Ready" is a cross between the debut Electronic record (Bernard's off-shoot with Johnny Marr) and the 90's New Order disc, "Republic". Both of which are pretty good things to be crossed between. When I first heard it, I must admit I wasn't bowled over with the first single, "Crystal". I have since grown to really love it. It just screams of vintage New Order, it could very well be the first song off of "Technique". Other highlights include the great, "60 MPH", and the Billy Corgan tune called "Turn My Way".
This is a release definitely a record to grab if you like anything New Order has done in the past. If this is your first New Order experience, I suggest picking up either "Low Life" , "Technique" or the double hits package, "Substance". All three of those discs some up very different spins New Order has given us. Everything from simple rock, to full on disco. This great band continues the trend here with "Get Ready", a very welcomed return.
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People seem so surprised that New Order can sound like a band and sound halfway competent...why?... they were a very good and innovative band (including Joy Division) for a decade...
But this record, while hardly awful, seems kinda pointless. There are some signs of life in the record, but they are buried behind the over-produced recording, and most of the songs follow the New Order formula to the recipe, go on too long and have little to no new ideas... and Bernard's lyrics just sound inane anymore, at least to me.
What they should have done, was really go back to their roots of being in a unconventional band, and used a completely different production style (Steve Albini? Jim O'Rourke?)... or how about using an offbeat electronic producer (Luke Vibert? Autechre?)... how about Daft Punk as producers? The Neptunes?
It is sort of fun hearing bass and drums from this record that remind you of Joy Division recordings from over 20 years ago... but... all this hype seems more like cheering when grampa blows out his birthday candle, just because he can still breathe! (yah grampa!... 80 years young!... yah!)
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