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Les Bains Douches 18 December 1979 [CD]

Joy Division Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (6 Oct 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: NMC Music
  • ASIN: B00005ARQB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Disorder
2. Love Will Tear Us Apart
3. Insight
4. Shadowplay
5. Transmission
6. Day Of The Lords
7. 24 Hours
8. These Day's
9. A Means To An End
10. Passover
11. New Dawn Fades
12. Atrocity Exhibition
13. Digital
14. Dead Souls
15. Autosuggestion
16. Atmosphere

Product Description

Catalogue number FACD 2.61 on the NMC label with a 4 page (8 side) front insert booklet and and following tracks: 1> Disorder [3:21], 2> Love Will Tear Us Apart [3:17], 3> Insight [3:25], 4> Shadowplay [3:46], 5> Transmission [3:19], 6> Day Of The Lords [4:39], 7> 24 Hours [4:12], 8> These Days [3:42], 9> A Means To An End [4:17], 10> Passover [2:18], 11> New Dawn Fades [4:40], 12> Atrocity Exhibition [6:56], 13> Digital [3:39], 14> Dead Souls [4:46], 15> Autosuggestion [4:13], 16> Atmosphere [4:47].

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Formidable 19 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
An excellent example of the band playing live. The music is brash, jagged and pungent as fresh paint. Luckily, the crowd are fairly muted (I do find it off-putting when live albums are packed full of whooping and prolonged clapping) Les Bains Douches is very much a no-nonsense set. Highlights are 'A Means to an End' which bolts out of the stable and 'New Dawn Fades' which is godly in power and effect.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah... 29 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
Probably the best live document of the last truly great British rock band of the last 25 years. Just listen to the way they thunder through Love Will Tear Us Apart and Shadowplay, or create the ghostly and fearsome atmosphere that is Day Of The Lords.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the greatest live album ever?? 19 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
I got this album on its release in 2001. Simply cherish it. The sound of one of the most cool and inovative bands at their peak. Glorious artwork too. I may part with my other copy now I have seen the good prices they go for now..... :o) Enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw Power 13 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
Part of the legend of Joy Division rested on their live performances. After Ian Curtis' death the release of a fairly average gig, their last, on the second disc of Still meant that it was unclear whether the legend was mere myth. In the meantime, bootlegs proliferated and fans spoke in hushed tones of the talismanic performances of Curtis. Since the Heart & Soul box- set included a disc of audience recordings, a flood of releases has followed, though some, like this, are difficult to obtain now.

Don't let that prevent you from investing in this, the best single document of Joy Division live. It captures aspects of the band not well represented on the studio recordings, dominated as they are by Martin Hannett's distinctive production techniques. Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook have complained bitterly that Hannett buried their guitars on Unknown Pleasures; here they get full reign and attack the material with relish. The big rock songs (e.g., Transmission, These Days) are rendered immense here, veritable guitar assaults. Then there are those that display the band's subtle grasp of dynamics; Dead Souls, with its abrupt surges and plateaus; New Dawn Fades, with its stately progression, and Shadowplay's abrasive choppiness are astonishing here. Atrocity Exhibition is a different beast to its sparse studio partner, raw and savage, while Autosuggestion is a surprising highlight, a year- old out- take given a fiery new lease of life. Through all this Curtis is the shamanic vocalist of legend, passionate and committed while precise and exacting.

The material on this CD consists of 9 songs from the Paris venue of the title in December 1979 and some selections from two Dutch performances in January 1980.
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