Joy Division were, more than anything, a sum of many parts. A blessed coming-together of many little details that contributed to forming a truly unique texture, and a hugely influencial band. Forming out of the post-punk movement, their musicianship was characteristicly not brilliant - but they placed that behind a wall of other-worldy originality that is especially prevailant on this record. It could be argued that Martin Hannett's production was as important, if not more so, than Curtis's robotic vocals and tortured lyrics, Morris's tribal drumming, Hook's melodic basslines, and Sumners' demonic guitar work. Indeed, the almost dub-like depth and electronic bizzareness that gave the two studio albums there edge, certainly owed alot to the producers dexterity. However, the BBC sessions is proof that Joy Division were very much a sensational rock band on their own. Some tracks, such as 'Colony', 'Insight' and '24 Hours', even sound arguably better than their studio equivolents. Although this isn't the first Joy Division album I would recommend to a newbie - it certainly goes to show that much (if not most) of the bands best music isn't available on the two studio albums. This is a seminal peice of work. Not for everyones taste, but undeniably very very special indeed.