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New OrderBlue Monday

Label:Factory – FAC 73
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single, Reissue, Remastered, 180g
Style:Electro, Synth-pop, New Wave


ABlue Monday
BThe Beach

Companies, etc.



On inner sleeve:
℗ 1983, 2019 Warner Music UK Ltd. © 2019 Warner Music UK Ltd.

Additional information:
Replica of the original 1983 release remastered from the original master tapes.
Cover has all the cut-outs as the original version.
Small difference only that on the top of the back cover there is a QR code connecting to
Package came with a barcode sticker applied to shrink-wrap. No other external identifiers other than spine text.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker - Printed): 0 190295 665913
  • Barcode (Sticker - Scanned): 0190295665913
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side A, variant 1): BJ74314-01 A1 F.A. VX
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side B, variant 1): BJ74314-01 B1 VX
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side A, variant 2): BJ74314-01 A1 F.A.
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side B, variant 2): BJ74314-01 B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side A, variant 3): BJ74314-01 A1 F.A. Tς
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side B, variant 3): BJ74314-01 B1 =|⨡
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side A, variant 4): BJ74314-01 A1 F.A. =1
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side B, variant 4): BJ74314-01 B1 +I1

Other Versions (5 of 198)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Blue Monday (12", 45 RPM, Single)FactoryFAC 73UK1983
Blue Monday (12", Single)FactoryFACX 10Canada1983
Blue Monday (12", 45 RPM, Single, Black Inner Sleeve)Factory, Rough Trade, FactoryFAC 73, RTD 10, FAC SEVENTY THREEGermany1983
Blue Monday (12", 45 RPM, Single)Factory, FactoryFAC 73, VR 22504Netherlands1983
Blue Monday (12", 45 RPM, Maxi-Single)Factory, Factory600717, 600 717France1983
schimek's profile picture
Edited 2 months ago
Having on hand very first UK pressing, I've compered it's sound with this new version. Although sounding bit diferently, generally the new one is very good. Older is bit more expressive, intensive...and very expensive. Newer is more controled, selective, tidy...and cheap,
Older has more sparkling high tones, sometimes even bit aggressive and definitelly better mids, especially vocal. Perception is that it is that sound is more dynamic, lighter and faster.
On the other side in the new one the highest tones are very vell controlled. What I would call the weak point are bit recessed mids, Barney's vocal is liittle too shy. On the other side the new version has fuller low mids and fantastic, more voluminous, deeper but still well controled bass.
For the actual price (paid 12Eur) the new one is definitely the stomper. My honest recommendation.
EDIT 17.09.2021: Just listened and compared both abovementioned versions by full power, very loud on my system. I have to admit that 1st. UK press is much more dynamic and expressive compare to the new version. By silent comparison this was not as much apparent. Still for me the new version is good for money deal.
SalTaormina's profile picture
Crank it up! Clear, rich, deep bass…amazing pressing. 5 stars. Playing off a Rega Elex-R, Rega P3, Focal Aria 906 and Rel T5x.
GoFilipe's profile picture
Edited 4 months ago
Wobbling so much never seen on a record until today but the wobbling it is detected with a oblique light.
The record seems to be flat but somehow can put the lot of stress on the stylus
Because of that wobbling, in B side, just on the beginning of the track could hear a rumble.
thesoundfoundation's profile picture
Edited 6 months ago
I wish that, on this series of re-issues, they would be more sympathetic to the original design with the placing of the copyright notice (℗ & © information). On the 2020 definitive edition of Power Corruption and Lies, this information appears on the spine of the vinyl record sleeve, while on the 2020 reissue of Blue Monday it appears on the inner sleeve – in my opinion, the spine is a far more discreet place for this information, where it doesn't detract (too much) from the beauty and simplicity of the original covers.
Oelewapper's profile picture
First of all, everyone knows how good Blue Monday is - no need to get into that again haha

About the record:
Good reissue, quality remastering.
Mine came with a slight wobble that produces minor rumble at the beginning of side A, except for that the pressing quality is good.
Nice dynamics, snappy transients, deep kicks and no surface noise.

Quality tested with:
Technics SL-1200G and Ortofon 2M Black
ShadowOfLight's profile picture
Edited 10 months ago
Side by side comparison of the original from 1983 and this remaster: the original wins hands down. Although the remaster has a lot more punch, there is reduced sparkle. The original has a balance between punch and sparkle that is pleasing to the ear.

The remaster sounds a bit dull by comparison. The hi-hats and snare drum are just diminished making them sound hollow and the bass is overwhelming at times. The packaging rivals the original and it doesn't hurt that the vinyl is of heavier weight.

Overall, a fairly good release, but stick with the original version. Lots of copies to be had here for a decent price!
N.Schneiderman's profile picture
Pre ordered mine from the New Order website in August, still waiting for it to get here.
Martin_M's profile picture
Edited one year ago
Highly recommended. Such a rich and deep sound. Really impressive.
just_the_sound's profile picture
Would have been nice if it was in a silver inner like the original but overall it’s a superb reissue.
MJGHD's profile picture
Amazingly quiet pressing, sounds beautiful. I don't have an original to compare it to but this sounds brilliant.