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Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Oct 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000042O1H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 566 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

The duochrome Peter Saville cover of this first Joy Division album speaks volumes. Its white on black lines reflect a pulse of power, a surge of bass, and raw angst. If the cover doesn't draw you in, the music will.

Following the first kick of drums and bass come the vocals!'I've been waiting for a guy to come and take me by the hand'. This young band was the 'guy' to take post punk music by the hand and lead it to 80s electronica. Joy Division were unlike anything that came before them and anything that has ever come after them.

The album is at times aggressive: 'And All God's angels beware. And all you judges beware, sons of chance take good care. For all the people out there, I'm not afraid anymore' Ian Curtis intones on 'Insight' lapsing, at times, into despondency. Unknown Pleasures is always brooding and always intense.

Joy Division were 4 boys from 1970s Salford. They took their name from the literary prostitution wing of a Nazi concentration camp and they took their inspiration from the familiar atmosphere of rundown post-industrial estates. Deep heaving baritones come out of a man so small he'd be blown away by the gust of his own voice. Together Curtis, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, and Stephen Morris created something approaching pure energy. On 'Shadowplay' the guitars launch into a dimension reminiscent of the sonic dimensions that Bowie and Eno dwelt in, in the late 70s. The band's sound is echo-y, cavernous, but thanks to Factory Records producer, Martin Hannett, never empty. By adding sound effects such as breaking glass, deep breaths, and footsteps he brings the music out of the mental torture of the lead singer and into the real world. It's these details that keep you with it and make it feel more measured than their manic live performances. For this he was initially resented by the band.

The classic, 'She's Lost Control' builds intensity as threatening growling is replaced with manic crescendo. It's simple, it's terse. 'Day Of The Lords' feels like it should accompany an Edgar Allen Poe tale as pulsing drums and howling guitars penetrate the air towards an unknown conclusion.

Unknown Pleasure borders on nihilism, but is pregnant with expectation. And like Bowie's Low - once heard its never forgotten. It's like going to the doctor and having your ears syringed. This is a sound that's ready to explode. And it still feels personal. --Susie Goldring

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their finest hour 14 Mar 2007
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It's quite simple: if you want to listen to Joy Division's finest hour, then look no further than this, their first album.

Like many fantastic albums, this is not 'immediate', nor is it particularly accessible or masses friendly, nor should it be. Most life-affirming albums grow on people. I estimate that most people will have to listen to this album roughly five times before they start to appreciate all of it's many details, subtleties and nuances, lovingly arranged like some aural landscape.

It's starts off with 'Disorder', in which Ian Curtis declares that he has been waiting for a guide to come and take him by the hand, setting the lost and helpless tone of the entire album. Disorder is a fast and emotionally charged song, climaxing beautifully with Ian Curtis hollering "I've got the spirit, don't lose the feeling", thus encapsulating the fears and attitudes of so many other intelligent young songwriters, bubbling with emotion.

'Day Of The Lords' is an almost perfect example of foreboding and fear, perfectly encapsulated in both it's lyrics and musical sound. It is rife with atmosphere, vibrant and alive, yet painfully unhappy. The desperation with which Curtis demandingly shouts: "Where will it end?" is almost tangible. This is probably the most powerful song on the album.

'Candidate' continues on in similarly bleak fashion, nonchalantly describing the "blood on your fingers", whilst the hazy, threatening music compliments the lyrics perfectly. It is difficult to describe exactly how effectively Joy Division have used sound to create atmosphere on this album, and it is probably even more difficult to achieve.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really unreleased material 4 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
BEWARE! If you already own the Heart and Soul box set, then you already own all but 2 of the tracks on this 2 CD set, since Unknown Pleasures is included in its entirety on the box set, and the first 10 tracks on Disc 4 are 10 of the 12 tracks on the bonus live CD. The 2 tracks not on the box set are Shadowplay (in fact previously unreleased from this gig), and Transmission, previously available on the 1988 Atmosphere CD single and on one of the 1995 Love Will Tear Us Apart CD singles. Still a good gig. Actual date and location were The Factory, Hulme, Manchester, July 13, 1979.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
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The Joy Division catalogue is fast becoming a minefield. For a band that kept a stringent, straightforward release schedule during it's short life, the two albums and five singles have been endlessly milked to become three albums, six official live records, two Radio Session releases, an exhaustive box set, and two 'best of' compilations. With these latest re-releases, I become owner of these albums for the fourth time. (On top of this, the best Joy Division concert recording from Amsterdam, the first album recorded for RCA in 1978, as well as the official live films, remain frustratingly unavailable officially).

Make no mistake though. If ownership of music was commensurate to it's brilliance, then I'd have these records twenty times over. In one respect, you should see these reissues as a continuation of the handful of short-run, poorly selling Joy Division live albums issued in the late Nineties. The bonus discs that come with these packages, containing full recordings from the miniscule Joy Division concert archive, are welcome additions to the canon. Given the limitations of time, technology, and cashflow from a penniless Manchester band struggling on an indie label and regularly playing shows to a few hundred people without anything approaching a big hit, it's some wonder that anything remains in a usable form. As Peter Hook once said, they couldn't even record rehearsals and thus, the songs only existed at the time those four people were in the same room together. So little remains, and yet, so much.

Of the three albums, "Unknown Pleasures" is the icy cold sound of a frozen, sterile Manchester : a fierce contrast to the live sound showcased on the second disc, "Unknown Pleasures" is and was an utterly alien experience.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and bleak 5 Oct 2002
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"I need a guide to come and take me by the hand," Ian Curtis tells us in that flat, monotonous voice for the opening song, "Disorder". In every single way it sets the scene for what is to come from this album, which is regularly seen as one of the best of all time. The short, almost chirpy bursts of guitar riffs, the robotic, metallic like drumming, that harrassing bass and Curtis' truly frightening voice all make this opening song what it is, thrilling. However, you really feel the expectations of greater things to come, and that is absolutely correct. "Days Of The Lords" is stunning, with some monumentally good lyrics, "This is the room/The start of it all/No portrait so fine/Only Sheets on the wall", and guitar riffs that other bands would have killed to call their own. "Candidate" is a quiet (but highly bleak) song, featuring that now highly poignant lyric "It's creeping up slowly, that last fatal hour". "Insight" continues in the same way, with all sorts of clanging and dripping noises starting the track off, as if Curtis is making a journey through some sort of dirty jail. Indeed, a final slam of a door signals his arrival, as the music kicks in straight afterwards. "Wilderness", "New Dawn Fades" and "Interzone" are all incredibly strong tracks, but it is "Shadowplay" and "She's Lost Control" that really make this album what it is: A classic. "She's Lost Control" is hypnotic and gritty (the subject matter isn't on berserk girlfriends, but Curtis' worsening epilepsy), and at the finale features the most mesmerising guitar riffs I've ever heard. All in all, an album that will forever be seen as a bleak, but defining moment in music history. Joy Division and Ian Curtis may be dead, but these songs will always make them last forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I ordered several CDs from Amazon and this is probably the one that came in a better shape.

CD case is impeccable and so is the CD itself.
Published 22 days ago by Diogo Gaspar
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Awesome record by an awesome band. The new mixture is perfect, clear and sharp sound from the record. The bonus concert is OK. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pedro Furtado
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the other one
I would highly recommend you buying this CD if you are looking for Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division - Fits the bill perfectly.
delivered as promised
Published 2 months ago by Filter Plus Limited
5.0 out of 5 stars A JOY TO OWN
Another great cd from the lads from Manchester it is just awesome i would highly recommend it to any fan
Published 2 months ago by Mr. S. Rushton
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark masterpiece
“Where will it end?” screams Ian Curtis on “Day of the Lords”, and sadly we know the answer. As a lyricist, Curtis arrived fully-formed, but as a vocalist he was still learning to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Holtman
5.0 out of 5 stars Insight into the wilderness
This classic album by the incomparable Joy Division begins with one of the best rock songs ever written,Disorder and continues through some songs of variable conventionality... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ken Raus
5.0 out of 5 stars Unknown pleasures remastered
Not much to say about this really, except that it's stood the test of time as a stone cold classic. Dark, moody and disquieting, there is nothing else like it, and although it has... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I love this album, well known singles such as "she's lost control" and "disorder" make this a truly special cd to listen too.
Published 5 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Still as brilliant as ever!
Still as brilliant as ever! There have been a number of very sad premature deaths in the world of music, none more tragic than this man!
Published 7 months ago by I. Arnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy Division's Seminal Debut Album
I was thinking again about this 1979 debut album from Manchester's finest (OK along with Steven's mob) and wondering about the meaning and/or significance of the title. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Keith M
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