New Order ‎– Ceremony

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New Order's first single after renaming the band from Joy Division to New Order. Originally recorded and played by Joy Division, it was re-recorded at Eastern Artists Studios, New Jersey. Produced by Martin Hannett and with Bernard Sumner on lead vocals. All covers were designed by Peter Saville (2).

The 7" and first 12" were released on 6 March 1981.

The 7" has a stamped gold-bronze sleeve. It charted on 14 March 1981 at position 39 and peaked at position 34 the week after. Due to the chart success, 150.000 records were pressed until July 1981. However, only 70.000 copies were sold until then.

The first edition 12" sleeve comes with gold typography on a forest green background, with 25.000 records pressed (until 17 July 1981).

After Gillian Gilbert joined the band, it was decided to re-record the song with her on guitar. It was then re-released in September 1981. This time the cover had a cream background with a light blue stripe and black type. This second version was included on all later compilations, e.g. Substance 1987.

For the second cover, there are three different editions:
The 1st version with runout-groove space of 37 mm on side A and 35 mm on side B. Side A runout groove etching: "This Is Why Events Unnerve Me". This version of the record was also released in leftover green sleeves.

The 1983 MVS repress, with runout groove space of 35 mm on each side. Side A groove etching: "Watching Love Grow - Forever".

The 1984 repress with an A2 matrix and the track groove is filling the entire side of the record. Side A groove etching: "This Is Why Events Unnerve Me".

The B-side track "In A Lonely Place" is the same version on all the original pressings (both green and cream/blue editions.) However, another version of the track circulates on some later pressings: the digital thunderclaps occur at different times.

To tell which version of In A Lonely Place you have:
Original correct mix has a digital thunderclap at 3:20 and again at 5:15. Both of these are not present on the alternate mix.
The alternate mix then has multiple thunderclaps between 5:30 and 6:15 which are not present on the original correct mix.

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Versions (29)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 New Order Ceremony(12", Single, Gre) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 UK 1981 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 New Order Ceremony(12", RE, Cre) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 UK 1981 Sell This Version
FAC 33 New Order Ceremony(12", RP, W/Lbl) Factory FAC 33 UK 1981 Sell This Version
600204, 600 204 New Order Ceremony(12", Single) Factory, Factory 600204, 600 204 France 1981 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 New Order Ceremony(12", Single, Cop) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 New Order Ceremony(12", Single, Cop) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 New Order Ceremony(12", Single, Cop) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 New Order Ceremony(12", Single, Gre) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 Ireland 1981 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 New Order Ceremony(12", Single, Gre) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 UK 1981 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 New Order Ceremony(12", W/Lbl) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 UK 1981 Sell This Version
SFA 541 New Order Ceremony(7") Factory SFA 541 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, FAC 33 New Order Ceremony(7", Single) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, FAC 33 Scandinavia 1981 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, 101578 New Order Ceremony(7", Single) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, 101578 France 1981 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, FAC 33 New Order Ceremony(7", Single, Dam) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, FAC 33 UK 1981 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, FAC 33 New Order Ceremony(7", Single, Lyn) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, FAC 33 UK 1981 Sell This Version
FAC 33 New Order Ceremony(7", Single, W/Lbl) Factory FAC 33 UK 1981 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, FAC.33, 31-007, 31-007 M New Order Ceremony(12", Single) Factory, Nuevos Medios, Factory, Nuevos Medios, Factory, Nuevos Medios FAC. 33, FAC.33, 31-007, 31-007 M Spain 1982 Sell This Version
FAC 33 New Order Ceremony(12") Rough Trade, Gap Records FAC 33 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
FAC 33/12 New Order Ceremony(12", Promo) Factory FAC 33/12 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 New Order Ceremony(12", RE, RP, Cre) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 UK 1983 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 New Order Ceremony(12", Single) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, FAC 33 New Order Ceremony(12", Single, RE) Factory, EMI FAC. 33, FAC 33 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
SFA 541 New Order Ceremony(7", Single, Die) Factory SFA 541 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 New Order Ceremony(12", RE, RP, Cre) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 UK 1984 Sell This Version
80040 New Order Ceremony(12", Single, RE) Factory 80040 France 1984 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, X 14833 New Order Ceremony(12", Single) Factory, Festival Records FAC. 33, X 14833 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 New Order Ceremony(12", Single, RE, RM, 180) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 UK 2019 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 New Order Ceremony(12", Single, RE, RM, 180) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 UK 2019 Sell This Version
FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 New Order Ceremony(12", RE, RP, Cre) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, FAC 33/12 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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marce.muinos

marce.muinos

April 12, 2019
edited about 1 month ago
referencing Ceremony, 12", Single, RE, RM, 180, FAC. 33, FAC 33/12
Happy to read the reviews about this edition! Please someone can tell me if the edition sale in the US is the european import edition? I'm about to buy online and I would like to know before I pull the trigger. Thanks!
marce.muinos

marce.muinos

April 12, 2019
edited about 1 month ago
referencing Ceremony, 12", Single, RE, RM, 180, FAC. 33, FAC 33/12
Happy to read the great reviews about this edition! Please someone can tell me if the edition sale in the US is the european import edition? I'm about to buy online and I would like to know before I pull the trigger. Thanks!
unusualchannels

unusualchannels

March 20, 2019
referencing Ceremony, 12", Single, RE, RM, 180, FAC. 33, FAC 33/12
Only the best song ever made reissued on two vinyl singles!!! I had looked at trying to buy this last year and prices were about $100 for a good quality copy. This is a great move on the labels part. Hopefully it starts a trend!
aeckles

aeckles

March 13, 2019
edited 2 months ago
referencing Ceremony, 12", Single, RE, RM, 180, FAC. 33, FAC 33/12

Beyond thrilled they re-released this 12" single. I've only heard In a Lonely Place on the Substance CD, so hearing it on vinyl for the first time - and with such clarity and excellence in remastering, is beyond anything I could have hoped for. Ceremony is the best I've heard it here, too. Everything from the matte jacket and thick inner sleeve to the hunter green label against the blacker than black vinyl - it's a thing of beauty. I'm looking forward to the other releases from the Movement era, and HOPING they'll do the same for Power, Corruption and Lies, and beyond!
muccimike

muccimike

March 13, 2019
referencing Ceremony, 12", Single, RE, RM, 180, FAC. 33, FAC 33/12

definitely worth getting. the pressing sounds absolutely perfect. excellent reissue
minusthesnake

minusthesnake

March 12, 2019
referencing Ceremony, 12", Single, RE, RM, 180, FAC. 33, FAC 33/12
Very happy with this purchase. My copy is sturdy and flat with absolutely no surface noise to speak of. The remaster is full and crisp and has me very excited for the upcoming remasters of some of the slightly better produced tracks from this era. The inner and outer artwork is faithfully reproduced on a nice stock.
Tiffen

Tiffen

August 2, 2017
referencing Ceremony, 7", Single, Dam, FAC. 33, FAC 33
My version has an embossed sleeve which is not recorded here on on the other 7 inch version. Should this be updated on one of the versions?
Tiffen

Tiffen

August 2, 2017
referencing Ceremony, 7", Single, Lyn, FAC. 33, FAC 33
My version has an embossed sleeve which is not recorded here on on the other 7 inch version. Should this be updated on one of the versions?
xgavin13

xgavin13

July 9, 2016
referencing Ceremony, 7", Single, Dam, FAC. 33, FAC 33
"DAMONT" is very hard to see in the matrix, just FYI.
afik

afik

August 17, 2014
referencing Ceremony, 7", Single, Dam, FAC. 33, FAC 33
81 = 18
22+1 = 5
18.5 is the the date of ian curtis death