New Order - Ceremony (Version One) 12"
The massively influential band New Order formed in Manchester, England, in 1980, rising from the ashes of U.K. post-punk pioneers Joy Division. Successfully fusing new wave, electronica, synth-pop, and club music earlier than many bands now seen as contemporaries, their unique sound was as insightful and soulful as it was perfectly suited for the dance floor. Recorded at Eastern Artists Recordings in East Orange, New Jersey, during the US visit the previous September, New Order's first single might, in an alternative universe, have been Joy Division's next. The 12" single, originally released in March 1981 (the 7" having been released in January) including the original version of "Ceremony," features remastered audio on heavyweight vinyl.