New Order ‎– Brotherhood

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New Order's fourth album, released in October 1986.
Recorded at Windmill Lane Studios and mixed at Liverpool's Amazon Studios.
Another Peter Saville (2)/Trevor Key design, representing a bar of zinc and its serial number. A few special editions were coated with titanium zinc.

Peter Hook: "Listen to it and you can hear it has two different sides. There were battles raging on Brotherhood."
Bernard Sumner: "We'd always had that balance of electronics and band stuff. I was always pushing for electronics, and Hooky was always pushing for the band stuff, which was fair enough, I think we needed the band stuff. And by luck it got tipped the band way on Brotherhood. It was a very dense album, because we'd gone a bit mad on overdubs, so it was very layered, and very dense."

Peaked at #9 in the UK album charts.

In 2008 the album was re-released as 2x CD Collector's Edition set, with the bonus disc containing non-album singles, 12" mixes and b-sides.

Factory Australia's initial cd release was based on imported UK copies with "Factory Records Australia Import" stickers on front jewel case (as on image).

Tracklist

Paradise
Weirdo
As It Is When It Was
Broken Promise
Way Of Life
Bizarre Love Triangle
All Day Long
Angel Dust
Every Little Counts

Versions (110)

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FACT 150 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album) Factory FACT 150 UK 1986 Sell This Version
FACD 150, Facd 150 New Order Brotherhood(CD, Album) Factory, Factory FACD 150, Facd 150 UK 1986 Sell This Version
33CY-1143, CY-1143 New Order Brotherhood(CD, Album) Factory, Factory 33CY-1143, CY-1143 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
830 527-2 New Order Brotherhood(CD, Album) Factory 830 527-2 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
Facd 150 New Order Brotherhood(CD, Album, Car) Factory Facd 150 UK 1986 Sell This Version
FACD 150, Facd 150 New Order Brotherhood(CD, Album, Met) Factory, Factory FACD 150, Facd 150 UK 1986 Sell This Version
FACD 150, Facd 150 New Order Brotherhood(CD, Album, RE) Factory, Factory FACD 150, Facd 150 UK 1986 Sell This Version
Fact C150 New Order Brotherhood(Cass) Crystal (6), Factory Fact C150 Taiwan 1986 Sell This Version
34 217 C, 34 217 New Order Brotherhood(Cass, Album) Nuevos Medios, Nuevos Medios 34 217 C, 34 217 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
50467 New Order Brotherhood(Cass, Album) Factory, Virgin 50467 France 1986 Sell This Version
Fact MC 150, Fact Mc 150 New Order Brotherhood(Cass, Album) Factory, Factory Fact MC 150, Fact Mc 150 Sweden 1986 Sell This Version
TC-VG 50217 New Order Brotherhood(Cass, Album) Virgin TC-VG 50217 Greece 1986 Sell This Version
50467 New Order Brotherhood(Cass, Album) Factory, Virgin 50467 France 1986 Sell This Version
TCEMC-293, TCEMC 293 New Order Brotherhood(Cass, Album) EMI, EMI TCEMC-293, TCEMC 293 New Zealand 1986 Sell This Version
FACT 150 New Order Brotherhood(Cass, Album) Factory, Helicon Records FACT 150 Israel 1986 Sell This Version
Fact 150c, FACT 150c New Order Brotherhood(Cass, Album + Box) Factory, Factory Fact 150c, FACT 150c Canada 1986 Sell This Version
Fact 150c, FACT 150c New Order Brotherhood(Cass, Album + Box) Factory, Factory Fact 150c, FACT 150c UK 1986 Sell This Version
9 25511-4, 4-25511 New Order Brotherhood(Cass, Album, AR) Qwest Records, Qwest Records 9 25511-4, 4-25511 US 1986 Sell This Version
FACTC 150 New Order Brotherhood(Cass, Album, Chr) Factory Records Australasia FACTC 150 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
W4 25511, 4-25511 New Order Brotherhood(Cass, Album, Club) Qwest Records, Qwest Records W4 25511, 4-25511 US 1986 Sell This Version
W4 25511, 4-25511 New Order Brotherhood(Cass, Album, Club) Qwest Records, Qwest Records W4 25511, 4-25511 US 1986 Sell This Version
830 527-4 New Order Brotherhood(Cass, Album, Dol) Factory 830 527-4 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
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CCK-5121, CCK-5121-AX, FACT 150 New Order Brotherhood(Cass, Album, Sli) Factory, Factory, Factory CCK-5121, CCK-5121-AX, FACT 150 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
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70467, 70 467, FACT 150 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album) Factory, Factory, Factory 70467, 70 467, FACT 150 France 1986 Sell This Version
FACT 150 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album) Base Record, Factory FACT 150 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
FACT 150 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album) Base Record, Factory FACT 150 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
VG 50217, VG-50217, FACT 150 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album) Factory, Factory, Factory VG 50217, VG-50217, FACT 150 Greece 1986 Sell This Version
FACT 150, EMC 293 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album) Factory, Factory FACT 150, EMC 293 New Zealand 1986 Sell This Version
YX-7413-AX, YX-7413, FACT 150 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album) Factory, Factory, Factory YX-7413-AX, YX-7413, FACT 150 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
FACT 150 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album) Factory, Helicon Records FACT 150 Israel 1986 Sell This Version
RTD 42 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album) Rough Trade RTD 42 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
830 527-1 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album) Factory 830 527-1 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
FACT 150 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album) Factory Benelux, Factory FACT 150 Benelux 1986 Sell This Version
33 209 L, 33 209 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album) Factory, Factory, Nuevos Medios, Nuevos Medios 33 209 L, 33 209 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
FACT 150 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album) Factory Records Australasia FACT 150 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
1-25511, 9 25511-1 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album, All) Qwest Records, Qwest Records 1-25511, 9 25511-1 US 1986 Sell This Version
9 25511-1, 1-25511 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album, All) Qwest Records, Qwest Records 9 25511-1, 1-25511 US 1986 Sell This Version
9 W1-25511 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album, Club) Qwest Records 9 W1-25511 US 1986 Sell This Version
830 527-1 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album, M/Print) Factory 830 527-1 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
FACT 150 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album, MPO) Factory FACT 150 UK 1986 Sell This Version
FACT 150 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album, Met) Factory FACT 150 UK 1986 Sell This Version
YX-7413-AX, YX-7413, FACT 150 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album, Promo) Factory, Factory, Factory YX-7413-AX, YX-7413, FACT 150 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
1-25511, 9 25511-1 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album, SRC) Qwest Records, Qwest Records 1-25511, 9 25511-1 US 1986 Sell This Version
FACT 150 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album, TP) Factory FACT 150 UK 1986 Sell This Version
FACT 150 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Factory FACT 150 UK 1986 Sell This Version
FACT 150 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Factory FACT 150 UK 1986 Sell This Version
767.0022, 431.001 New Order Brotherhood(Cass, Album) Factory, Factory 767.0022, 431.001 Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
670.0022, 31.001 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album) Factory, Factory 670.0022, 31.001 Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
9 25511-2 New Order Brotherhood(CD, Album) Qwest Records 9 25511-2 US 1988 Sell This Version
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830 527-4 New Order Brotherhood(Cass, Album, RE) Factory 830 527-4 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
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25CY-3111 New Order Brotherhood(CD, Album, RE) Factory, Factory 25CY-3111 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
FRC-89-3002, FACT 150 New Order Brotherhood(Cass, Album) Alpha Records (3), Factory FRC-89-3002, FACT 150 Philippines 1989 Sell This Version
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D 30400, D30400, FACD 150 New Order Brotherhood(CD, Album) Festival Records, Festival Records, Factory D 30400, D30400, FACD 150 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
830 527-2 New Order Brotherhood(CD, Album, RE) PolyGram, London Records 830 527-2 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
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8573 81952-2 New Order Brotherhood(CD, Album, RE) London Records 8573 81952-2 UK & Europe 2000 Sell This Version
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R2 516183 New Order Brotherhood(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + RM) Rhino Records (2) R2 516183 US 2008 Sell This Version
2564693699 New Order Brotherhood(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + RM) Rhino Records (2) 2564693699 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
none New Order Brotherhood(CDr, Album + CDr, Comp + Promo, RM) Rhino Records (2) none UK 2008 Sell This Version
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516183 New Order Brotherhood(File, MP3, Album, RE, RM, VBR) Rhino Records (2) 516183 US 2008
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WPCR-13587 New Order Brotherhood(CDr, Album + CDr, Comp + Promo) London Records WPCR-13587 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
R1 25511 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album, RE, 180) Rhino Records (2), Rhino Vinyl R1 25511 US 2009 Sell This Version
2564-68879-5 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album, RE, 180) London Records, Rhino Records (2) 2564-68879-5 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
none New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album, RE, W/Lbl) London Records, Rhino Records (2) none Europe 2009 Sell This Version
WPCR-13172/3, WPCR-13587~8 New Order Brotherhood(CD, Album, Promo, RE + CD, Comp, Promo + Dlx, RE, ) London Records, London Records WPCR-13172/3, WPCR-13587~8 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
WPCR-13172/3, WPCR-13587~8 New Order Brotherhood(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Dlx, RE, RM, 2nd) London Records, London Records WPCR-13172/3, WPCR-13587~8 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
WPCR-78097 New Order Brotherhood(CD, Album, Ltd, RE) London Records WPCR-78097 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
none New Order Brotherhood(9xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM, 24b) Warner Music UK none Europe 2015
none New Order Brotherhood(9xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM, 44k) Rhino Records (2) none UK & Europe 2015
2564-68879-5 New Order Brotherhood(LP, Album, RE, 180) London Records, Vinyl Collector 2564-68879-5 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
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southpawgrammar

southpawgrammar

March 19, 2021
edited 5 months ago
referencing Brotherhood, LP, Album, FACT 150
It is generally accepted that New Order failed to gain prominence with their highly derivative early output. Given the tragic circumstances that the band emerged from, the unfocused prosaicness and inconstancy of that initial stage in their development can be easily forgiven, even if their debut album “Movement” was ostensibly a formative, slightly funkier remodel of Joy Division’s “Closer”, albeit without the prevailing gloom and doom. Around the time of Martin Hannett’s sudden departure as their long-time producer, the group’s songwriting and musical direction finally started to cohere, banishing dub-influenced post-punk dirges in favour of extroverted dance, which they notably expressed in their own moody fashion.

Upon triumphantly balancing synthesizers and guitars on their second and third album, the band disturbed the equilibrium by opting to convey the sonic palette of the 1982 transitional period instead of simply adhering to what was now an established and successful formula. Taking a dichotomous approach by dividing the album into two distinctive parts, the first being rock-based and the other dance-oriented, the band still vacillated wildly on individual songs, from roiling and breakneck pacing to disparate moods and styles, constructing a rather compelling album in the process. From the outset, frontman Bernard Sumner ups the ante with more animated delivery and less abstract lyrics, Peter Hook’s relentless, tumultuous bass pervades throughout, and Stephen Morris’ furious drumming competes with Gillian Gilbert’s low end to provide club-ready rhythms. At this point, the band are firing on all cylinders and growing exponentially in warmth, camaraderie and confidence, and naturally, that is reflected on the record, which is packed with thoughtful and song-based music, with the first four tracks - “Paradise,” “Weirdo,” “As It Is When It Was,” and “Broken Promise” - showcasing an incredibly interlaced production that only enhanced their newfound dynamism and directness. Under the same scrutiny, assuredness and caution was the simple synth pop of the second side, enacting conversely reflective and energetic numbers, all equally as well-crafted as their rock counterparts, only far poppier. As evidenced by the jarring offhand interspersions on “Every Little Counts,” classical music reinterpretations on “All Day Long” and the album’s pastoral synthpop standouts “Bizarre Love Triangle,” and “State of the Nation”, “Brotherhood” was a leap over a chasm in terms of interplay and the precision of all involved, signifying the band’s improving pop songcraft and more refined hazy krautrock wanderings.

New Order had the antithetical career trajectory to fellow synth Britannia fringe members Depeche Mode, who swapped their early new wave-leaning pop confections for complex songs with a more serious tone and sample-centric industrial influence, thus gaining a larger fanbase. In sharp contrast, New Order would boldly re-examine their post-punk roots, considerably regulating the aloofness, edginess and club spirit that had defined them to craft brighter, sonically surprising tunes with plentiful hooks. Accordingly navigating their future with this dance-rock blueprint, which compensates for its glaring deficiencies by further highlighting their experimental side and technical proficiency, New Order’s adept reconciling of the plaintive and playful and guitar-heavy amendment of their typical synths-and-sequencers formula might not entirely work, but overall, it is effectual, largely due to the pervading insouciance of the lyrics and breakneck pace of the music. In no uncertain terms, the sheer immediacy and glossiness of its big transatlantic hit overshadows the album itself in terms of reminiscence. “Bizarre Love Triangle” is instantly appealing in its arrangement, which, when compared to the far less catchy opening salvo, effectively renders the surrounding tracks unworthy of inclusion. Nevertheless, without such a superb single heralding the album, the group’s audience would not have grown as much as it did in 1986, at which point they made significant advancements in breaking the US.

“Brotherhood” thankfully did not continue the trend set by its predecessors, allowing the Manchester quartet to expand their palette and dispense with the now-customary mystique and melancholy. An accelerated, auspicious departure from the morbid disposition and feverish foreboding of their previous records, this blistering and buoyant set of songs may collectively fail to comprise a fully-realized downbeat dance perennial and require repeat listens to truly hit the mark, but there’s no denying its denser, hazier production and overall exuberance greatly elevates what is included herein. As musical regressions go, New Order’s fourth outing is probably up there with the best of them. Despite being punctuated with a megahit and inherently discordant, the album remains remarkably effervescent and goes beyond what you would expect for a band approaching their imperial phase.

Rating: 4.5/5
thor777

thor777

February 16, 2021
referencing Brotherhood, LP, Album, SX-T 109

Was a bit afraid of polish pressing from end of 80s - but it‘s a clear and clean Sound. Solidarnosc.
Vivalafica

Vivalafica

December 30, 2020
edited 7 months ago
referencing Brotherhood, LP, Album, YX-7413-AX, YX-7413, FACT 150
Cool pressing with Obi and insert but unfortunately no English lyrics. Japanese pressings are great because most of the time they will have English lyrics on albums that the US or UK pressings didn't have...well with New Order's Japan pressings lyrics were never printed except for "Power Corruption and Lies".
LumpyJ

LumpyJ

December 29, 2020
referencing Brotherhood, LP, Album, RE, 180, R1 25511

Rhino has never released, what I consider, true audiophile level recordings, they've always been about getting product out there. I appreciate their tenacity in releasing catalogue tracks from my favorite artists (Join The Dots by the Cure), this release is by no means a definitive. However, if you own an original pressing, I'd highly recommend picking this up as an alternative to preserve your original. The quality of the pressing is fantastic but, the audio sounds identical to the Qwest CD from 2000. If you love this album and have wanted an LP copy it's a great bargain, despite the alternative artwork but, if you're a hardcore New Order fan you'll want an original.
georgeisreallycool

georgeisreallycool

August 27, 2020
referencing Brotherhood, LP, Album, RE, 180, 2564-68879-5

For some reason this pressing has State of the Nation on the inner sleeve and B side itself. Even though the song isn't on the record.
martinjanet

martinjanet

June 6, 2020
referencing Brotherhood, LP, Album, Met, FACT 150

Factoryrecords.org states that matrix of limited metallic edition is FACT 150 A1X, Townhouse, MPO, See An Old Soldier Right
~ FACT 150 B1X, Townhouse, MPO, More Juice Please and cat number is FACT 150SP
soundbitesnyc

soundbitesnyc

May 2, 2020
referencing Brotherhood, LP, Album, 70467, 70 467, FACT 150
oops: the spine on this pressing calls them "The New Order".
Tuaam

Tuaam

March 20, 2020
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Brotherhood, LP, Album, RE, 180, R1 25511
It sounds alright, but not spectacular.

Side A sounds 'Eh' but there's distortion on certain parts of the record (whenever the singer hisses you can hear it clearer), otherwise it sounds decent. Side B has less of this and is pretty good.

Otherwise, 6/10. You could probably just snag an original copy of this just fine and it'd be relatively cheap, and probably sound much much better.
Spatzo

Spatzo

November 8, 2019
referencing Brotherhood, LP, Album, FACT 150
Bought this record a couple of months before seeing the New Order Brotherhood tour here in the states. About 3 songs into the show Barney started forgetting lyrics, then fell backwards onto Stevens drums. He was so drunk that they had to drag him off stage on his heels. They came back 1/2 hour later played 2 sloppy songs and the show was over. Huge disappointment. My record still plays well, though!
simonr69

simonr69

January 31, 2019
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Brotherhood, LP, Album, FACT 150
There were 3 copies of this LP with "jackets/sleeves" made from the actual metal that Peter Savile had photographed.