Merry Xmas From The Haçienda And Factory Records
24 December 1982
1. Rocking Carol (a.k.a. We Will Rock You)
2. Ode To Joy
Sourced from FAC 51B flexidisc
Mono recording remastered by Bruce Bartlett, who did the previous New Order vinyl transfers in this blog.
Limited edition of 4400 given away at the Haçienda, Christmas Eve, 1982.
From Factory "We can't remember if this was Xmas present to the Hacienda regulars or just a crazy idea. Certainly it involved taking a New Order piece that they'd recorded for a local TV Xmas special the previous year and making a flexi out of it. As far as we remember it was Beethoven's Ode to Joy, but we don't have a record player any more so we can't be sure."
A careful restoration of Joy Division/New Order's years on Factory Records (and maybe a little before and after).
All tracks were taken from the best/earliest possible sources to avoid modern mastering techniques which crush the dynamics. Tracks sourced from vinyl have been carefully cleaned and EQ levels have been tweaked for consistency. The artwork was scanned at the highest possible resolution and the type was reset when possible using the original fonts.
All of these singles are out-of-print. Many of the tracks have never appeared on CD. This was a labor of love from a small, devoted circle of fans.
These singles changed my life. I hope they change yours, too. If you like what you hear support the band by purchasing their catalog.