New OrderSubstance

Label:Factory – Fact 200
Vinyl, LP, Red Translucent
Vinyl, LP, Blue Translucent
All Media, Compilation, Reissue, Remastered, 180g
Genre:Electronic, Pop
Style:Synth-pop, New Wave


ProducerMartin Hannett
Written-ByJoy Division
A2Everything's Gone Green
ProducerMartin Hannett
EngineerMichael Johnson
B1Blue Monday
EngineerMichael Johnson
Written-ByArthur Baker
B3Thieves Like Us
Written-ByArthur Baker
C1Perfect Kiss
ProducerMichael Johnson
RemixJohn Robie
Written-ByJohn Robie
D1State Of The Nation
D2Bizarre Love Triangle
RemixShep Pettibone
D3True Faith
Written-By, ProducerStephen Hague

Companies, etc.



Indie exclusive pressing, distributed in an embossed sleeve. Barcode as a sticker on sleeve rather than printed on the sleeve.

Hype sticker on shrink-wrap:
"New Order - Substance

Remastered double LP
red and blue vinyl

Fact 200"

Inner sleeves:
1987 Factory Communications Limited

A Factory Record ℗ 1987, 2023 Warner Music UK Ltd. © 2023 Warner Music UK Ltd.

In variant 2 runouts, "21", "1|", and "1△" are mirrored. All is etched.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned, stickered): 5054197751356
  • Barcode (Text, stickered): 5 054197 751356
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 1): BN96718-01 A1 0190235928883-01
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 1): BN96718-01 B1 0190235928883-01 F.A.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, variant 1): BN96718-02 C1 0190235928883-02 VT
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, variant 1): BN96718-02 D1 0190235928883-02 F.A.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 2): BN96718-01 A1 21 0190295928889-01
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 2): BN96718-01 B1 1| 0190295928889-01 F.A.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, variant 2): BN96718-02 C1 1△ 0190295928889-02
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, variant 2): BN96718-02 D1 0190295928889-02 F.A. 1|

Other Versions (5 of 168)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Substance (2×CD, Compilation)Factory, PolyGram832 616-2Canada1987
Substance (2×LP, Compilation, Embossed Letters)FactoryFact 200UK1987
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Substance (2×LP, Compilation, SRC Pressing)Qwest Records, Qwest Records1-25621, 9 25621-1US1987
Substance (Cassette, Compilation, SR, Serif)Qwest Records, Qwest Records9 25621-4, 4 -25621US1987
Substance (2×CD, Compilation, Standard Jewel Cases)Qwest Records9 25621-2US1987



  • Pavol_Stromcek's avatar
    I initially got the black vinyl and it had pressing defects (warping and very loud, persistent surface noise on one track), so I returned it and got the red/blue, and I'm very glad I did, as it's much quieter and flat. Sounds great, too: bassier than the original (and has a bit of a higher-frequency bump too), but quite detailed, clear, and engaging.
    • Josephjrose's avatar
      Wow. WOW! This is the definitive pressing. I have the OG version on vinyl and this one is far more dynamic and mastered to nea perfection. A fantastic pressing.
      • 3sand7s's avatar
        Edited 8 days ago
        Flat, centered, and DEAD quiet! Excellent pressing overall - super dynamic, separation (no mud), punchy AF, and giant soundstage. With my system, I could barely push a 1/3 power without nearly overwhelming my room...def a "hot" pressing that simply slams. Side C is esp draw droppingly good...always my fav part of Substance.

        x3 pre-orders cancelled due to low allocations, found one in Germany! I echo others here...I am so f'ing happy that this legendary album that changed my life was properly reissued / remastered.

        Rega P3 w/TT-PSU, Musical Fidelity M5si, Dali Oberon 7's

        • Fishbulbb's avatar
          I love the sound and the pressing is nice *except* that it's visibly off-center. I need to listen more to determine there's audible warble (the chaotic instrumentation and effects makes it a little harder to tell for me) but I'm already slightly disappointed. Adding it to my growing pile of otherwise fine pressings that are marred by this one issue.
          • Neuromancer90's avatar
            Edited 11 days ago
            This is an excellent pressing, the colors pop on the vinyl and it sounds wonderful!

            I think there are a lot of audiophiles getting caught up with the way it sounds, but instead of just reprinting they’ve cranked everything up on this remaster and it sounds very punchy, I think it fits the music very well and modernizes it. The old versions are out there for people with a problem here, but I am thrilled by the remaster.
            • Cmptrblu808's avatar
              Contains the full 12" version of "Perfect Kiss" not the "Substance edit"!
              • RGSVinyl's avatar
                An excellent remastered/reissued blue/red vinyl spawning some of New Order's best work! Very happy with this pressing!
                • albertocaeiro's avatar
                  Edited 10 days ago
                  If you’re open to a somewhat muscularized version of New Order singles, then you’ll likely welcome this comp remaster/reissue. I do appreciate the more detailed low bottom, hearing more texture and extension. But, like in so many recent remasters of 1980s pop/rock/soul/dance recordings, the upper-mids here have been compromised. Their clarity has been slightly diminished; Barney’s voice sounds ever slightly recessed now. I miss the perfect upper mids from the original issues. Barney once said he thought their record(s) sounded too “tinny” to him. I prefer to describe them as “trebly” at times, but, not disagreeably so. To my ears this remaster goes a bit too far to remedy the low end issue. My motto is - the upper mids, the “air”, ought never be messed with. Not a deal breaker, though, as my discs are flawless, and I scored this set for under $40 ppd; it’s not worth more than that, in my opinion, and yet most copies here are listed for far above that amount.
                  • renochavez's avatar
                    The Red and Blue version came out phenomenal. Mix is solid, press is great (black variant not so much very hit or miss). Definitely a must have for New Order fans.
                    • goguelin.laurent's avatar
                      An absolute masterpiece of a compilation - I can play it to death. I had high expectation on this one, and I must have played the CD a gazillion times. The sound is rich and sometime bombastic. No pops, no cracks, nice colors - BTW, yes the CD had also a black bar on the side…HIGHLY recommended.


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