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The Other Two \ & You [FBN 330 CD]

Factory Benelux presents an expanded CD edition of the debut album by The Other Two, the electronic pop duo comprising Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert of New Order.

Originally slated for release on Factory Records in 1992, The Other Two & You was first issued on London the following year. Produced by 02 with Stephen Hague (New Order, OMD, Pet Shop Boys), the ten track album features polished pop singles Tasty Fish and Selfish, as well as fluid club anthems (Ninth Configuration) and filmic interludes (Night Voice).

The album closes with Loved It, written back in 1990 for the opening of Factory's opulent new office building on Charles Street, Manchester. The 'found' vocals by Tony Wilson, Rob Gretton, Martin Hannett and others now serve to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic Manchester label.

The 6 bonus tracks on the CD include clubby remixes by Pascal Gabriel, Moby and Farley & Heller. Cover art by Peter Saville and Howard Wakefield, including silver pantone cover. CD released under licence from Warner Music UK Ltd.

Also available from FBN mailorder is an optional 9 track bonus CD, The Other Disc, featuring the two versions of Swing released on a limited edition 12-inch single in 2011, along with six more versions including remixes by members of Factory Floor, and rare track Satisfied. The catalogue number for The Other Disc is FBN 127 CD.

CD tracklist:

1. Tasty Fish
2. The Greatest Thing
3. Selfish
4. Movin' On
5. Ninth Configuration
6. Feel This Love
7. Spirit Level
8. Night Voice
9. Innocence
10. Loved It (The Other Track)
11. Tasty Fish (Pascal 12" Mix)
12. Selfish (That Pop Mix)
13. The Greatest Thing (Pascal Mix)
14. Movin' On (Moby Mix)
15. Tasty Fish (Almond Slice Mix)
16. Selfish (Junior Style Mix)

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Going back to the start though, The Other Two and You didn't stray massively far from their parent band's sound, but that didn't hinder my enjoyment of the record. Full of nice dance electronic grooves that border on house and trance at times, but with plenty of pure pop tunes as well. Some of the technology used feels a little dated listening now, but happily this isn't a really big issue. Gillian's voice is the real revelation here - cool, elegant and endearingly vulnerable. Overall it's a decent selection with much to admire, with the duo's low-key approach largely paying off. Possibly it emerged into a market overstocked with this kind of thing at the time (St Etienne, Everything But the Girl's Missing etc), but this record has worn reasonably well as a good LP in its own right" (Louder Than War, 02/2020)

"The debut is very much New Order in flavour, just sans bass growl plus female vocals. The floor-filling Ninth Configuration sounds like a Technique outtake, whilst you can almost hear Sumner singing the throbbing Feel This Love. While they may not be the brawn behind New Order, these outings show why The Other Two are very much the brains... On the mail order-only extra The Other Disc the three Factory Floor remixes are bangers" (Electronic Sound, 04/2020)

"The best fusion of form with function comes with the sleek Eurodisco drama of Moving On, rewriting the desperate escapism of Thelma and Louise as a shiny autobahn ride to liberation. So, The Other Two and You proves that pleasant, down to earth, contented thirtysomethings can still make terrific pop music" (NME, 11/1993)

"This is a New Order LP, except for Hooky's surly bass and Barney's sarky mumbling. Inevitably, there are moments to treasure. Moving On is all silence and snowdrifts, Ninth Configuration is an ace kicking club anthem for people who don't really go to clubs, and single Tasty Fish turns all the tricks that New Order do" (Melody Maker, 11/1993)

"Tasty Fish is New Order re-jigged by Stock, Aitken and Waterman" (Melody Maker, 09/1991)

"A giddy, masterfully conceived vat of froth - wondrously dumb and dizzy. Single of the Week" (NME, 09/1991)

"Quite charming. A more intimate, bedsit take on New Order's Balearic dance" (Uncut, 03/2010)

The Other Two and You [FBN 300]