Closer [Collector's Edition]
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Closer [Collector's Edition]

1 July 1980

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Song Title
Atrocity Exhibition [2007 Re-mastered Album Version]
Isolation [2007 Re-mastered Album Version]
Passover [2007 Re-mastered Album Version]
Colony [2007 Re-mastered Album Version]
A Means To An End [2007 Re-mastered Album Version]
Heart And Soul [2007 Re-mastered Album Version]
Twenty Four Hours [2007 Re-mastered Album Version]
The Eternal [2007 Re-mastered Album Version]
Decades [2007 Re-mastered Album Version]
Dead Souls - [University of London Union Live 8]
Glass - [University of London Union Live 8]
A Means To An End - [University of London Union Live 8]
Twenty Four Hours - [University of London Union Live 8]
Passover - [University of London Union Live 8]
Insight - [University of London Union Live 8]
Colony - [University of London Union Live 8]
These Days - [University of London Union Live 8]
Love Will Tear Us Apart - [University of London Union Live 8]
Isolation - [University of London Union Live 8]
The Eternal - [University of London Union Live 8] (Encore)
Digital - [University of London Union Live 8] (Encore)

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 July 1980
  • Release Date: 1 July 1980
  • Label: London Records
  • Copyright: 2007 London Records 90 Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:36:06
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  • ASIN: B001F4Q8YW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,668 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars redefining what music could do 12 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
Joy Division have recently been at the hands of a critical resurgence, aided by the Anton Corbijn film "Control", the "Joy Division" documentary, the namechecks from the large number of up-and-coming-bands who will never be as good as Joy Division, and the recent messy split of NewOrder. This then, is an ideal opportunity for the band to rectify the unsatisfactory original CD releases, and follow the latest trend for deluxe editions by adding extraneous live material (one can hope that a similar attempt occurs with the New Order releases to ensure the more obscure ends of their catalogue are made available in digital form).

"Closer", the second LP, and Joy Divisions final actual album, came a mere 11 months on, but the difference isn't merely time, but distance. Since the debut, the band have moved on from the frozen wastes to a glacial desperation. Curtis - plagued by ill-health, domestic strife and infidelity, has become ever more entrenched in his battle against life. Musically, Hannett's production is stronger than the debut - the drums no longer sound like blocks of ice but a fierce, clipped military power keeps the rhythms barely in restraint. As was the bands preference this album does not feature the 'big hit' singles (buy a copy of "Substance" or "Heart And Soul" to get those), but instead 9, seperate standalone tracks which will be barely familiar to the casual fan. Opening with the escalating "Atrocity Exhibition", the album - and it is an album, a suite of songs designed to operate together as a cohesive experience, not just a bunch of songs in some dumb order - move the listener through all manner of emotional crevices before the final strata. Clearly, this is the song of a band at some kind of precipe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fitting Finale 9 Oct 2012
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Although different in most respects from any band before or since, an aspect that Joy Division did share with others was that of the difficulty of attempting to capture in a recording studio (at least some of) the emotional impact of their live performances. Perhaps not surprisingly, this was only ever partially achieved and, for me, Closer probably gets nearest to this goal. Whilst Unknown Pleasures is undoubtedly a seminal recording, Martin Hannett's production, despite obviously be designed to sound dull, was just too dull (or 'strangled', as Bernard Sumner says in the Closer CD sleeve interview), and the innate passion and power of these songs (I'm thinking here particularly of the likes of Disorder, Day Of The Lords, New Dawn Fades, She's Lost Control, Shadowplay - all live highpoints) struggled unsuccessfully to shine through. Closer, on the other hand, does (for me, at least) go some way to conveying a 'truer' Joy Division sound, certainly clearer and with the instruments given a more 'trebly' sound (although, arguably, a mite too trebly, particularly on the 2007 remix), and with Ian Curtis' vocals given a somewhat overdue increased prominence.

Song-wise, of course, it could hardly get any better. OK, maybe the inclusion of Dead Souls, Atmosphere and Transmission would have taken it to a still higher level, but Closer's songs, whilst including some that had been in the band's live repertoire for some time such as Colony, 24 Hours and (regular live encore) The Atrocity Exhibition, also included the more recent, maybe even more sophisticated(?), songwriting of A Means To An End, Passover, Decades, Heart And Soul and The Eternal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wallow in the melancholic wonder! 25 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Joy Division are probably an acquired taste and are a bit like Marmite in that you either love them or hate them with not much in between. If you like introverted, deep, meaningful and an insight of what a depressive would write and record just before his death (Ian Curtis) then you are not really getting into what this album is like. The remastered version brings to life the old vinyl and I still love this record. Heart and Soul is my favourite JD track and started side two of the original record with that fantastic drum and (synth?) bass fade in. There are times when you can be in the wrong mood to enjoy this record but if you are in the right one, sit back and wallow in the melancholic wonder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The sound of a 1000 raincoats 6 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
If Unknown Pleasures was Joy Division at their most obsessively, carefully focused, ten songs yet of a piece, Closer was the sprawl, the chaotic explosion that went every direction at once.

Who knows what the next path would have been had Ian Curtis not chosen his end?

But steer away from the rereading of his every lyric after that date to dechiper any hiddenn meanings. Treat Closer as simply the next album and you will realise just how Joy Division's power had grown and matured.

Joy Division were essentialy a producers band Martin Hannett seems to have taken as many chances as the band itself throughout -- differing mixes, differing atmospheres, new twists and turns define the entirety of Closer,

Joy Division were at the height of their powers on Closer, equaling and arguably bettering the astonishing Unknown Pleasures, that's how accomplished the four members were. Rock, however defined, rarely seems and sounds so important, so vital, and so impossible to resist or ignore as here
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Pleasures
(Collector's Edition reviewed)
In my opinion, the best of the three official albums. It opens with the uncompromising bass and drums of "Atrocity Exhibition". Read more
Published 3 months ago by William J. Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Alles Behinderte Außer Rob
Look at " Spliff`s " Die Maurer , it`s similar to all that great Closer TO-stuff. It`s called " Wir Sind Viel Zu Gut ". Read more
Published on 16 April 2011 by Stefan Prediger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars - what else?
If you are reading this, you probably already know Joy Division. But for good measure:

Joy Division was a post-punk band, and among the most trend-setting bands for the... Read more
Published on 24 May 2009 by Asger Harlung
1.0 out of 5 stars A Work of Art and Beauty Butchered and Destroyed!
God, what is the point of releases like this! Remember we used to think the music industry was clueless and not interested in music in decades long gone. Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2008 by Mr. G. Hassan
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection Perfected
A suicidal swan endlessly pirhouetting on a glass lake. Now with added live pathos to make it even more unbearably astonishing. The best record ever made and then some...
Published on 24 Aug 2008 by Mr. M. J. Turner
1.0 out of 5 stars Finaly re-mastered!!!
Finaly the big music labels get the idea to re-print the cd as near-by-look-like the 33" vinyl!!! I hate the plastic boxes for cds, specialy when Factory has made so fine packages... Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2007 by Aleksander Pieri
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