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The Best Of Joy Division Limited Edition


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Product details

  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: London Records 90 Ltd.
  • ASIN: B0013LP87A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Digital
2. Disorder
3. Shadowplay
4. New Dawn Fades
5. Transmission
6. Atmosphere
7. Dead Souls
8. She's Lost Control [12-Inch Version]
9. Love Will Tear Us Apart
10. These Days
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Exercise One
2. Insight
3. She's Lost Control
4. Transmission
5. Love Will Tear Us Apart
6. Twenty Four Hours
7. Colony
8. The Sound Of Music
9. Transmission
10. She's Lost Control
See all 11 tracks on this disc

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Walker on 14 Sep 2010
Format: Audio CD
Another Joy Division, re-release - its all good! Whilst I'd heard the songs and thousand times before I still enjoyed the new inputus and the different playing order. The real enjoyment for me and for fans, though has to be the Peel sessions. One or two versions including an incredible live version of 'Sound of Music' I hadnt heard in ages and they sounded like the were recorded yesterday. Thats the real strength of Joy Division is there enduring, immortal appeal. People will continue to buy these albums and this album will sell - so hurrah for that!

Now this isnt the definitive or perfect compilation and it works best on the premise of being an encapsulation or snapshot that provides a palatable introduction. The ommision of 'Heart and Soul' from the UK version is dumbfounding. However ommiting the likes of 'the Eternal' and 'Decades' is understandable, given that whilst these are some of the bands finest work - they are simply too intense for someone listening to the band for the first time.

Maybe the next release should be a compilation as chosen by fans? However, akin with New Order re-issues I dont think we'll ever see a Joy Division compilation that satisfies everyone and I suspect that too will also be vilified.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By ANewKillerStar on 2 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
I think that best offs are really ideal for people who either kind of like a band or for someone that wants to try them out. The thing is, Joy Division are one of the best bands of all time. I could have the best of David Bowie, but I don't - I have all his albums and have enjoyed the music much more for it. There is no substitute for an album.

There is also a very natural flow to albums like Unknown Pleasures which you will simply miss out on with a best of. The inclusion of the Peel sessions is good, but realistically that's only for a true Joy Division fan and they will probably already have them.

My advice is to get Unknown Pleasures first if you're new to Joy Division - it is one of the most startlingly accomplished albums I have ever heard. From there, get Closer and if you're loving what you're hearing seek out such amazing tracks as Transmission, Atmosphere, Love Will Tear Us Apart and Dead Souls. Joy Division have an incredibly strong catalogue of songs. The fact that they kept some of these tracks/singles off their albums might hint that they weren't good enough, but the truth is that this band was so good that these singles matched if not superseced some of the album tracks!

I'll finish by adding that if you do love Joy Division and want to hear some bands that have similar styles, try out Magazine, Echo & The Bunnymen (particularly Heaven Up Here) and early The Cure.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tornado on 5 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
I am a convert from 'Closer'....so decided to buy the album of the same name, great songs lead me to buy this album, after some research went for 'substance'...now i cannot stop playing them.
After looking on Amazon for more JD cd's saw the new release of 'Heart and soul'...a 4 cd boxed set for less than £18.00 with 81 tracks on could not be turned down.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. E. Osborne on 22 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
If your new to Joy Division then this is a good intro, and with the peel sessions (alone cost double this 2cd comp) chucked in its good value for anyone who hasnt got them already. Thats why I got it!
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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Graham Henderson on 25 Mar 2008
Format: Audio CD
There was an inevitability that London Records would milk the current media frenzy surrounding all things Joy Division. This release is a manifestation of that. And it will be of no surprize that similar releases will appear in the future. But lets get it straight from the start, Why else would have London bought the rights in the first place? Joy Division re-releases are no different from re-releases by the Clash, Boyzone, Led Zepplin or Britney for that matter. Thats the way the business works. The packaging may be different, but the song remains the same.

So what are we to make of this latest compilation? It is feasible to own all these tracks already or at least have the MP3 files. The tracks selected have included many of the quintessential Joy Division songs, but that not difficult considering the band only recorded two studio albums.

Digital represents an early example of the meshing of Hooks and Morris's style that was to concrete the Joy Division sound. Pulsating bass and off-beat drumming: the Joy Division trademark. Disorder Unknown Pleasure's opener, a song which caught my attention instantly when hearing it many years ago is a welcome track, Albrecht-Sumner's shearing guitar creates the mood of the sound resulting in the hypnotic-trance sound dynamics allowing that "Dance" to mature.

Both Shadowplay and New Dawn Fades have both been covered by The Killers and Moby respectively. Both these tracks will be perpetually associated with UP and that period of the bands development. New Dawn Fades in my view, still remains the greatest Joy Division song, so any record without this song would be futile.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Ando on 25 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
but I for one reckon this CD has a place in anyone's collection, managing to serve as the perfect accompaniment to last year's reissues of UP, Closer and Still.

8 of the 14 tracks are digitally remastered versions of tracks found on Substance and not on the above 3 releases (including the single version of 'She's Lost Control' as opposed to the UP version), while Disc 2 (pointless interview aside) is worth the cost of this compilation alone. Sure, the likes of NDF, Shadowplay, Heart & Soul and 24 Hours are on the studio albums, but surely there's nothing wrong with having these tracks on more than one album, such is their quality.

A great introduction to newcomers and an excellent addition to existing fans alike. I agree Decades should have been on there though...
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