Convenient package for fans, record stores savior or cash trap for fans?
Don’t get me wrong, New Order is great, Mute records is great, the producers (Arthur Baker; Mark Reeder; etc.) are great, but…
In my teenage years, my almost daily visit to record stores was one of my favorite activities, the chance to listen to new bands and songs out of the radio/television DJs tyrannic selection of “whats you should listen”. The demise of record stores in the last 20/30 years is something that really makes me sad and nostalgic, and vinyl records seems to be the one product that can save these loved places of music worship.
But even in the past, one thing that made disappointed me was the infinity of different releases of the same single, two, three, four or even more different releases, sometimes with only one different B-side new song. As a fan of some artists but also a cash-short teenager, it was really frustrating.
This new release seems to be both the solution and part of the problem at the same time. At the one hand ‘Be a Rebel Remixed’ “collects all the official versions of this track on physical formats for the first time and includes brand new remixes from Arthur Baker, JakoJako, Mark Reeder and Melawati”, and this is very convenient for a one-buy-get-it-all release. On the other hand, it begs the question: Why didn’t they released this option right at the beginning? Why such a long in the future date of release?
New Order is great, Mute records, with a long history of nurturing and promoting fantastic artists, is great, the producers (Arthur Baker; Mark Reeder; etc.) are great, and this is not their fault, they´re are riding a market that has gone sideways, so they need to adapt to survive and keep bringing us the music that we love, but, as a fan, I ask: Could a better solution be found? But more about that in a later post.
Be a Rebel Remixed will be released 27th August 2021 in a wide array of limited packages, with combinations that includes one of more of: a Double Clear Vinyl, CD and T-Shirt, and can be pre-ordered in Mute Records site, Rough Trade site and other sites.
New Order’s single ‘Be a Rebel’ was the first brand new music from the band since the release of the critically acclaimed album ‘Music Complete’ In 2015. According to Mute: “Be a Rebel Remixed collects all the official versions of this track on physical formats for the first time and includes brand new remixes from Arthur Baker, JakoJako, Mark Reeder and Melawati. Also includes mixes from the band’s own Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris plus club mixes from Maceo Plex and Paul Woolford.” But be advised that the CD version has 13 tracks while the 2xVinyl has only 8.
Be A Rebel (Paul Woolford Remix New Order Edit)
Be A Rebel (JakoJako Remix)
Be A Rebel (Maceo Plex Remix)
Be A Rebel (Melawati Remix)
Be A Rebel (Bernard's Outlaw Mix)
Be a Rebel (Renegade Spezial Edit)
Be A Rebel (Arthur Baker Remix)
Be A Rebel (Mark Reeder's Dirty Devil Remix)
1 - Be a Rebel
2 - Be a Rebel (Bernard’s Renegade Mix)
3 - Be a Rebel (Stephen’s T34 Mix)
4 - Be a Rebel (Bernard’s Renegade Instrumental Mix)
5 - Be A Rebel (Paul Woolford Remix New Order Edit)
6 - Be A Rebel (JakoJako Remix)
7 - Be A Rebel (Maceo Plex Remix)
8 - Be A Rebel (Melawati Remix)
9 - Be A Rebel (Bernard's Outlaw Mix)
10 - Be A Rebel (Arthur Baker Remix)
11 - Be A Rebel (Mark Reeder's Dirty Devil Remix)
12 - Be a Rebel (Edit)
13 - Be a Rebel (Renegade Spezial Edit).