Substance 1987

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24 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 02 - Everything's Gone Green 5:30 2,691
Thieves Like Us 6:37 131,761
Blue Monday 7:30 573,025
Ceremony 4:22 322,114
The Beach 7:19 74,557
Mesh 3:26 47,675
In a Lonely Place 6:15 53,284
Lonesome Tonight 5:11 47,741
Murder 3:55 43,879
Kiss of Death 7:02 29,920
Thieves Like Us Instrumental 6:57 15,039
Temptation 6:59 243,181
Subculture 4:48 64,848
Hurt 6:59 43,767
Confusion 4:40 132,184
Perfect Kiss 10:07 63,698
Procession 4:28 89,100
Shame of the Nation 7:54 31,361
Confused Instrumental 7:38 8,987
Bizarre Love Triangle 4:21 385,442
State of the Nation 6:32 79,084
True Faith 5:40 267,222
Shellshock 6:04 86,987
1963 5:35 76,985

About this album

Substance is a 1987 double compilation album by New Order, consisting of all of the band’s singles at that point in their 12-inch versions, together with their respective B-side tracks. The then newly-released non-album single “True Faith” is also featured, along with its B-side “1963”. The collection was released on vinyl, double CD, double cassette and Digital Audio Tape.

While Substance presents a sizeable collection of singles, there are many omissions and differences to be found from the original single releases:

* The versions of “Temptation” and “Confusion” were re-recorded in 1987 especially for Substance and the original versions do not appear.
* “Ceremony” is the version recorded after Gillian Gilbert joined the band. The original trio version — the first New Order recording following the dissolution of Joy Division — would not be re-released until the Singles collection in 2005.
* “Procession” and “Murder”, despite being A-side singles, are only present on the second B-side half of Substance, for unknown reasons.
* “Shellshock” and “Hurt” are both edited by a couple of minutes each on all versions of the album. “The Perfect Kiss” has around 40 seconds edited on the CD version, but the full unedited version is included on the vinyl LP version of the album. The version of “Sub-culture” featured is not the full 12” version. Rather it is an edit that was previously included on Benelux editions of the single.

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