I’m not one to usually get all excited about reissues, but I damn sure bought this one. New York imprint Slow To Speak and Boston record shop Dope Jams have teamed up to release the full length version of New Order’s “Elegia” for the first time on vinyl.
As Dummy points out, the Low Life version was an edit and the only previous release of the full 18-minute track was on the rare 5th disc of the 2002 box set Retro (turns out it’s also on the bonus disc of the 2008 Low Life CD remaster). Hearing it for the first time is chilling, as each part has more room to breathe. Composed as a lament for Ian Curtis, this is New Order at their most dramatically epic:
Fans should pick up the vinyl while it lasts. The package is completed with two b-sides: the excellent live-to-tape Peel Session version of “5-8-6” and another song dedicated to Curtis, Movement‘s “The Him”: