(the best of) New Order is the second compilation album released by the group and follows their first, the hugely successful Substance album by seven years. The group had taken a hiatus due to tensions and disputes during the recording and touring of their 1993 album, Republic. Republic had been the first album that the group had released for London Records, and with the group announcing little intention of working together the label went ahead compiling (the best of) New Order.
The compilation primarily consists of seven inch mixes of the group's singles from 1985 onwards. New versions of "True Faith", "Bizarre Love Triangle", "1963" and "Round & Round" appear in alternative mixes. The collection also includes one non-single track, "Vanishing Point" (from the LP Technique), though this was made famous as the theme tune to the BBC series Making Out. Only "Thieves Like Us" (the oldest track included, dating from 1984) appears in the same form as on the earlier compilation, Substance. The liner notes (first on a New Order album) were provided by Paul Morley.
The U.S. version of the album omits three tracks ("The Perfect Kiss", "Shellshock" and "Thieves Like Us"), but adds one track from each of New Order's first three albums ("Dreams Never End" from Movement, "Age of Consent" from Power, Corruption & Lies, and "Love Vigilantes" from Low-Life), and a previously unreleased vocal version of a track from the 1987 film soundtrack Salvation!, "Let's Go (Nothing for Me)".
The following year, the remix album The Rest of New Order was released, with similar cover art.
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