New Order ‎– Ceremony

Factory ‎– FAC. 33, Factory ‎– FAC 33/12
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single, Green/Bronze Sleeve


A Ceremony 4:34
B In A Lonely Place 6:12

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Two versions of the green sleeved issue exist:
Version 1 (this) - (Dark) British racing green, bronze type & border.
Version 2 - (Lighter) forest green, gold type & border.

There were two different editions of the record released using this sleeve:
1) Original version of "Ceremony" (without Gillian Gilbert). Side A groove etching: "Watching Love Grow - Forever"
2) Re-recorded version of "Ceremony" (with Gillian Gilbert). Side A groove etching: "This Is Why Events Unnerve Me".
This version of the record was released in the new cream & blue sleeve, but there were green sleeves left over from the original pressing which were used rather than being discarded.

The cover and runoffs of the record states the catalogue number as FAC 33 (the same as the 7"), but the label state FAC 33/12, denoting the 12" release.

Although the centre labels have the date 22/1/81 as part of the artwork, this release came out in March.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out side A, etched, stamped): FAC 33 A1 EG WATCHING LOVE GROW - FOREVER TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out side B, etched, stamped): FAC 33 B1 EG HOW I WISH WE WERE HERE WITH YOU NOW TOWNHOUSE

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FAC. 33, FAC 33 New Order Ceremony(7", Single, Lyn) Factory, Factory FAC. 33, FAC 33 UK 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 33/12 New Order Ceremony(12", Promo) Factory FAC 33/12 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
FAC 33 New Order Ceremony(12", RP, W/Lbl) Factory FAC 33 UK 1981 Sell This Version
80040 New Order Ceremony(12", Single, RE) Factory 80040 France 1984 Sell This Version


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July 22, 2019
You probably won't ever hear this song more beautifully than as it is on this original 12 inch single. Peter Hook's opening bass-line will blast through your speakers in the best way possible. This thing has a beautiful, wide and lovely soundstage. As a huge fan of this era of New Order, I get chills every time I drop the needle on this thing. I haven't heard the recent 180g reissue of this, but I can't imagine it sounding any better than this.


February 19, 2014
The green-cover version of Ceremony is so much better than the later version; more raw, more dynamic, more punkish.


March 26, 2012
In A Lonely Place does appear in two slightly different versions, corresponding to the different takes of Ceremony on the A-side of the various 12"s. It's only a slight variation in the vocal effects, but the difference is there.