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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

Credits (4)

Notes

New Order's fourth album, released in September 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. The Christmas 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.

First US CD release: circa March 1988.

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).

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    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, CDBrotherhood
    CD, Album
    Factory – 830 527-2Canada1986Canada1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986-09-29, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album, Allied Pressing
    Qwest Records – 9 25511-1, Qwest Records – 1-25511US1986US1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986-09-00, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album
    Factory – FACT 150UK1986UK1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album
    Factory – 830 527-1Canada1986Canada1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, CassetteBrotherhood
    Cassette, Album, AR
    Qwest Records – 9 25511-4, Qwest Records – 4-25511US1986US1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986-12-00, CDBrotherhood
    CD, Album, Metallic Foil Artwork
    Factory – FACD 150, Factory – Facd 150UK1986UK1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album
    Base Record – FACT 150, Factory – FACT 150Italy1986Italy1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album
    Factory – EMC 293, Factory – FACT 150New Zealand1986New Zealand1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album
    Factory – 70467, Factory – 70 467, Factory – FACT 150
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    France1986France1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986-09-00, CassetteBrotherhood
    Cassette, Album; Box Set
    Factory – Fact 150c, Factory – FACT 150cUK1986UK1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album
    Rough Trade – RTD 42Germany1986Germany1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986-09-00, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album
    MNW – FACT 150, Factory – FACT 150Scandinavia1986Scandinavia1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986-09-00, CassetteBrotherhood
    Cassette, Album, Stereo, Chromium dioxide EQ120; Dolby
    Factory Records Australasia – FACTC 150Australia1986Australia1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986-10-21, CDBrotherhood
    CD, Album
    Factory – 33CY-1143, Factory – CY-1143Japan1986Japan1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986-09-00, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album
    Factory Records Australasia – FACT 150Australia1986Australia1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, CassetteBrotherhood
    Cassette, Album
    Factory – 50467, Virgin – 50467France1986France1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986-09-00, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album
    Factory Benelux – FACT 150, Factory – FACT 150Benelux1986Benelux1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, VinylBrotherhood
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    Factory – 33 209 L, Factory – 33 209, Nuevos Medios – 33 209 L, Nuevos Medios – 33 209
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    Spain1986Spain1986
    Cover of Brotherhood = ブラザーフッド, 1986-10-21, VinylBrotherhood = ブラザーフッド
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    Factory – YX-7413-AX, Factory – YX-7413, Factory – FACT 150
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    Japan1986Japan1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, CassetteBrotherhood
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    Factory – FACT 150, Helicon Records – FACT 150Israel1986Israel1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, VinylBrotherhood
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    Factory – FACT 150, Helicon Records – FACT 150Israel1986Israel1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, VinylBrotherhood
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    Factory – VG 50217, Factory – VG-50217, Factory – FACT 150
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    Greece1986Greece1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986-12-00, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album, Metallic Sleeve
    Factory – FACT 150UK1986UK1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, CassetteBrotherhood
    Cassette, Album
    EMI – TCEMC-293, EMI – TCEMC 293New Zealand1986New Zealand1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986-09-00, CassetteBrotherhood
    Cassette, Album; Box Set
    Factory – Fact 150c, Factory – FACT 150cCanada1986Canada1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album
    Base Record – FACT 150, Factory – FACT 150Italy1986Italy1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986-09-29, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album, SRC Pressing
    Qwest Records – 1-25511, Qwest Records – 9 25511-1US1986US1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986-09-00, CDBrotherhood
    CD, Album
    Factory – FACD 150, Factory – Facd 150UK1986UK1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album, MPO Pressing
    Factory – FACT 150UK1986UK1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986-09-00, CDBrotherhood
    CD, Album
    Factory – FACD 150, Factory – Facd 150UK1986UK1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986-07-09, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album, Test Pressing
    Factory – FACT 150UK1986UK1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, CassetteBrotherhood
    Cassette, Album
    Virgin – TC-VG 50217Greece1986Greece1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986-09-00, CassetteBrotherhood
    Cassette, Album
    Factory – Fact MC 150, Factory – Fact Mc 150Sweden1986Sweden1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, CassetteBrotherhood
    Cassette, Album
    Nuevos Medios – 34 217 C, Nuevos Medios – 34 217Spain1986Spain1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986-09-00, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album, White Label
    Factory – FACT 150UK1986UK1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, CassetteBrotherhood
    Cassette, Album, SR
    Qwest Records – 9 25511-4, Qwest Records – 4-25511US1986US1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986-09-00, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album, Stereo
    Factory – FACT 150Ireland1986Ireland1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album, Misprint
    Factory – 830 527-1Canada1986Canada1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, VinylBrotherhood
    LP, Album, White Label
    Factory – FACT 150UK1986UK1986
    Cover of Brotherhood, 1986, CassetteBrotherhood
    Cassette, Album, Club Edition
    Qwest Records – W4 25511, Qwest Records – 4-25511US1986US1986

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    Reviews

    • AnalogRx's avatar
      AnalogRx
      Open, spacious, large amounts of quality low-end that actually sounds like it should. No compression here, vocals are crisp as are the wonderful highs. Great 1986 album that sounds terrific.
      • bimster14's avatar
        bimster14
        Does anyone know if the replacement disc has the corrected tracks?
        • 3sand7s's avatar
          3sand7s
          Edited 10 months ago
          This is nothing short of a really amazing pressing - my NM copy is flat and super quiet; GREAT dynamics & separation! US collectors: I would jump on this one when you see it, glad I did!

          Arguably one of New Order's better albums. *EDIT* -- I incorrectly cited originally to the rarity of singles on earlier New Order records that is noted in the reply below - thank you for educating!
          • cpunerd000's avatar
            cpunerd000
            Release is rather boring and sound flat imo. It’s Missing tracks, Cheap outer jacket, boring liner and no lyrics sheet.
            • jeferson_msouza's avatar
              Prensagem muito boa! Pena não ter encarte com as letras.
              • lachance.pascal's avatar
                I believe this reissue sounds better than my original Canadian pressing. That original is a little flat and favors the highs. This pressing appears to correct that with a better balance and a slightly more prominent low end. Vinyl is otherwise quiet.
                • animal_laminate's avatar
                  Mine has the back cover 180 degree rotated from all the pics. Does that make it the ultra rare rotated rear variation?
                  • ferjobyroy's avatar
                    ferjobyroy
                    The version I have has no hype sticker and no download card. The UPC is a sticker on the back. I purchased this from Amazon US in May 2022 for $25. The listing says it's 2009 Rhino, but I'm skeptical. It's an ok listen. Not a great pressing. Probably needs a solid cleaning to eliminate the occasional crackle. Not a deal breaker. I would definitely upgrade if this gets a audiophile reissue.
                    • No has picked this rare vinyl up. The vinyl itself is one of the last vinyls before CDs
                      • southpawgrammar's avatar
                        Edited 2 years ago
                        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

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