Rhino’s deluxe re-issues of New Order’s first five records (Movement, Power, Corruption & Lies, Low-Life, Brotherhood, and Technique) hit U.S. shelves last Tuesday, and a few fans noticed some problems with the set’s bonus discs: Namely that they sounded like they were recorded straight from vinyl as they had many pops and skips, and the track listing is wrong on some of them.
Rhino has already moved to address the problem, the company sent out a release yesterday that apologizes for the problem, and promises to allow fans to exchange the faulty discs for a set of re-issued re-issue that will be out sometime in the near future. Here’s Rhino’s statement:
"Warner Bros. UK, Rhino and New Order regret that the initial pressings of the Collector Editions of ‘Movement,’ ‘Power, Corruption & Lies,’ ‘Low-Life,’ ‘Brotherhood’ and ‘Technique’ contain some minor audio problems on the bonus discs.
"We are now in the process of correcting the problems, but it should be noted that due to the age and condition of some of the original source tapes, the sound quality may vary. A further statement will be issued once the corrected product is available. At that time, the procedure for exchanging CD’s will be announced. Thank you for your patience while we resolve this situation."
Word of the problems reached New Order bassist Peter Hook last month (when the sets were released in Britain), and he apologized, and said that he and his people would “try and remedy the situation.”
So maybe the exchange and the re-issue of the re-issue is what Hook was talking about. It’s a good move on Rhino’s part though, especially since they don’t want to ruffle any feathers in the New Order camp since they’re relying on New Order and Joy Division songs for their upcoming Factory box set. [Yahoo!]