History | FACT 400 Palatine / The Factory Story / 1979-1990 | Factory Records: Communications 1978-92 box set [Rhino]
FACT 400 Palatine / The Factory Story / 1979-1990 - Box [all sides] + detail shots from booklet
FACT 400 Palatine / The Factory Story / 1979-1990 - Album front sleeves + details of rear sleeves, inner sleeves, labels
FACT 400 Palatine / The Factory Story / 1979-1990
4xLP: UK 1991 (Factory FACT 400) [white label pre-release] *
4xLP: UK 1991 (Factory FACT 400)
4xCD: UK 1991 (Factory FACD 400) [promo 1] **
4xCD: UK 1991 (Factory FACD 400) [promo 2] ***
4xCD: UK 1991 (Factory FACT 400)
4xCS: UK 1991 (Factory FACT 400C) [pre-release] ****
4xCS: UK 1991 (Factory FACT 400C)
* Generic Factory 'Pre-Release' custom sleeve; ink-stamped with catalogue number, title and 'Palatine' (each element stamped separately). Includes tracklist inserts.
** Plain white sleeves, ink-stamped with catalogue number and/or title and/or 'Palatine' (each element stamped separately). No track listings (CDs are 'blank', but do have proper FACD matrices), not boxed (75 made.)
*** Custom sleeves. Jewel-cased, but not boxed. Sleeves and labels printed in a solid metallic colourfield that matches colour designations of final art.
**** Generic Factory 'Pre-Release' custom cassette inserts. (The FACT 314 cassette has '416' written under "Fac No.", which is struck through and replaced by '314'. The other 3 listening cassettes in the set feature the correct catalogue numbers.)
Design: John Macklin
FACT 314 Tears In Their Eyes
Joy Division - Transmission
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Electricity
A Certain Ratio - All Night Party
The Durutti Column - Sketch For Summer
X-O-Dus - English Black Boys
ESG - You're No Good
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
James - Folklore
A Certain Ratio - Flight
Section 25 - New Horizon
New Order - Ceremony
Stockholm Monsters - Happy Ever After
Quando Quango - Tingle
FACT 324 Life's A Beach
A Certain Ratio - Shack Up
New Order - The Beach
Section 25 - Looking From A Hilltop
A Certain Ratio - Skip Scada
Kalima - Sparkle
Marcel King - Reach For Love
Cabaret Voltaire - Yashar
52nd Street - Cool As Ice
New Order - Confusion
Fadela - N'sel Fik
Quando Quango - Genius
Happy Mondays - 24 Hour Party People
FACT 334 The Beat Groups
Joy Division - Wilderness
Tunnelvision - Watching The Hydroplanes
The Distractions - Time Goes By So Slow
The Wake - Talk About The Past
Stockholm Monsters - Partyline
Happy Mondays - Kuff Dam
New Order - Age Of Consent
The Railway Children - Brighter
The Durutti Column - Otis
Miaow - When It All Comes Down
Revenge - Seven Reasons
James - Hymn From A Village
FACT 344 Selling Out
New Order - True Faith
Happy Mondays - WFL (Think About The Future)
The Durutti Column - The Together Mix
Northside - Shall We Take A Trip
New Order - World In Motion
Steve Martland - The World Is In Heaven (Classical Version)
Electronic - Getting Away With It
The Wendys - Pulling My Fingers Off
Cath Carroll - Moves Like You
Northside - My Rising Star
Happy Mondays - Step On (Remix '91)
Joy Division - Atmosphere
Review (from Q Magazine)
Whether a four-record compilation covering Factory's history is timely self-celebration or urgent self- preservation against the recession, the label's deserved reputation as innovator and provocateur prepares the way for unqualified hosannas. And yet, 49 tracks on, the inclination is to draw breath through clenched teeth rather than party.
The four albums are thematically arranged. The early years volume, Tears In Their Eyes, opens with Joy Division's Transmission and OMD's Electricity, recalling that, for Factory bands, the preoccupation with technology has been fundamental. This means receptiveness to the peculiar qualities of machine-made repetition is necessary to enjoy whole tracts of Palatine - named after Palatine Road, Factory's address. If not, A Certain Ratio's All Night Party and Flight, plus tracks by Section 25 and Stockholm Monsters are allure-free and create the wrong frame of emotion for the tragic power of Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart, the warmth of Durutti Column's Sketch For Summer and James' Folklore.
The dance album, Life's A Beach, is less enclosed. A Certain Ratio enter industrial funk and fun mode for Shack Up, while Kalima's Sparkle and Quando Quango's Genius are exhilarating attempts to salsa-fy British hips. However, they do go on, with New Order's The Beach, Cabaret Voltaire's Yashar and Happy Mondays' chic-ugly 24 Hour Party People outstaying their welcome.
The next phase is The Beat Groups and, apart from Durutti Column's delightful Les Paul-style workout on Otis, there's a flavouring of guitar on The Distractions' jangly Time Goes By So Slow, The Railway Children's twinkler Brighter and James' Hymn From A Village ("Be a songsmith crook / Study depth in style," they advise). But too often dark and heavy tones override, the colourlessness imposed by an upfront, dull bass figure - a feature so prevalent throughout the compilation it seems a label characteristic.
Finally, Selling Out covers Factory's recent chart-designed and less aurally strenuous material. If a pure pop licence was issued just the once, for Electronic's Getting Away With It, New Order's True Faith and Happy Mondays' Step On (the Oakenfold / Osbourne remix) feel like breakthroughs. Northside and Cath Carroll share the welcome lightness without coming on like legends in the making.
If this compilation does express the Factory story, then it's been about sounds rather than songs, a focus on style which rarely time-travels well. Factory's contribution is probably better enjoyed, quite simply, through their best artists' best albums - and the subsequent careers of the many who slipped away, from OMD through James to The Railway Children. [2 stars]
Boxed set consisting of FACT/D 314 + 324 + 334 + 344 + 36-page colour booklet.
The booklet (see also FAC 345), and a free video (see FACT 400V) also carries the catalogue number. The booklet includes a shortlist of all Factory UK and Benelux numbers. Mistakes, misspellings (and/or typos), mis-titles and contradictory release dates lessen its reliability.
FAC 400 was also allocated to a promotional issue video of the Joy Division 'Transmission' clip. (See entry.)
FACT 400 Palatine (also available on CD as Facd 400 and cassette as FACT 400c) was the Factory Records box set, its anthology. Opting for a thematically arranged presentation rather than numerical order of Fac number (intriguing though it would be) or chronological (too obvious), Palatine was a lavish presentation.