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Originally released as a limited edition four CD collection in 2009, Factory Communications: 1978-92 is a tribute to the label as well as a dedication to the founder, the late Tony Wilson. Making its debut on vinyl, the project celebrates arguably the most important label in UK pop history, collating rare and obscure tracks from a diverse range of acts. It features 63 tracks including cuts from New Order, Joy Division, The Durutti Column, Happy Mondays, Electronic, A Certain Ratio, Section 25 and many others and includes sleeve notes written by Paul Morley.

Factory records was founded in 1978 when former Granada TV presenter Tony Wilson teamed up with Alan Erasmus, soon to be joined by maverick producer Martin Hannett. The Factory name was first used for a club featuring local bands including The Durutti Column, Cabaret Voltaire and Joy Division. The founding members of the label decided to release an EP of music by the acts who had performed there; “A Factory Sample” - and Factory Records was born.

Factory was however much more than just it's headline acts. “Factory Communications: 1978-92” celebrates the label from the first release through an extremely diverse roster of acts from the cutting edge post punk of A Certain Ratio, Cabaret Voltaire, The Railway Children, OMD, James and Joy Division to obscurities such as Section 25, Biting Tongues, Crispy Ambulance, Miaow and Swamp Children via early dance culture - ESG and 52nd Street, to the full flowering of the ‘Madchester scene', ending fittingly with the last Factory release, “Sunshine and Love” by Happy Mondays. Sleeve notes written by Paul Morley.


Side 1 (1978-79)

Joy Division - Digital

Cabaret Voltaire - Baader Meinhof

A Certain Ratio - All Night Party

OMD - Electricity (Factory version)

Joy Division - She's Lost Control

The Distractions - Time Goes By So Slow

Side 2 (1979-80)

Joy Division - Transmission

The Durutti Column - Sketch For Summer

X-O-Dus - English Black Boys

Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart

A Certain Ratio - Shack Up

Side 3 (1980-81)

Section 25 - Girls Don't Count

Crawling Chaos - Sex Machine

A Certain Ratio - Flight

The Names - Nightshift

Side 4 (1981)

New Order - Ceremony (original version)

Minny Pops - Dolphin's Spurt

John Dowie - It's Hard To Be An Egg

Crispy Ambulance - Deaf

Section 25 - Dirty Disco

Side 5 (1981)

New Order - Everything's Gone Green

Tunnelvision - Watching The Hydroplanes

The Durutti Column - Messidor

A Certain Ratio - Knife Slits Water (LP version)

Side 6 (1982)

Royal Family and the Poor - Art on 45

Swamp Children - Taste What's Rhythm

New Order - Temptation

Side 7 (1982-83)

52nd Street - Cool As Ice

New Order - Blue Monday

Side 8 (1982-84)

Cabaret Voltaire - Yashar (John Robie remix)

Quando Quango - Love Tempo

The Wake - Talk About The Past Side 9 (1983-84)

Side 9 (1983-84)

New Order - Confusion

Marcel King - Reach For Love

Section 25 - Looking from A Hilltop (Megamix)

Side 10 (1984-85)

Stockholm Monsters - All At Once

Life - Tell Me

The Durutti Column - Without Mercy (Duet)

James - Hymn From A Village

Kalima - Trickery

Side 11 (1985-87)

A Certain Ratio - Sounds Like Something Dirty

Quando Quango - Genius

Happy Mondays - Freaky Dancin'

Miaow - When It All Comes Down

Side 12 (1987)

The Railway Children - Brighter

Biting Tongues - Compressor

New Order - True Faith

Happy Mondays - 24 Hour Party People

Side 13 (1988-89)

New Order - Fine Time

Happy Mondays - W.F.L. (Think About the Future)

Revenge - Seven Reasons

Side 14 (1989-90)

Happy Mondays - Hallelujah (Club mix)

Electronic - Getting Away With It

Happy Mondays - Step On

Northside - Shall We Take A Trip

Side 15 (1990-91)

England New Order - World In Motion

Happy Mondays - Kinky Afro

The Durutti Column - Home

Electronic - Get The Message (DNA remix)

Side 16 (1991-92)

Northside - Take 5

Cath Carroll - Moves Like You (remix)

The Other Two - Tasty Fish

Happy Mondays - Sunshine and Love (Lionrock remix

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