Customer Reviews


30 Reviews
5 star:
 (21)
4 star:
 (7)
3 star:
 (2)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As relevant now as then.
If there is one band I keep on returning to after all these years-it is this one, Joy Division. You know how you get bored with most of your collection? Not so with Joy Division. It is still an occasion when a Joy Division track plays, it is music which you listen to with all of your mind, it takes you away from the present and you get absorbed into the stunning drum...
Published on 13 April 2000 by paul_prowse@notcutts.co.uk

versus
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Round-up of non-album tracks
Perfecly complementing their two essential studio albums, Unknown Pleasures and Closer, this expanded compilation re-issue rounds up their legendary singles, including Transmission/Novelty, Love Will Tear Us Apart/These Days and Atmosphere/She's Lost Control, none of which appeared on the albums and are rightly regarded as among their greatest works.

Substance...
Published on 2 Aug 2007 by Lozarithm


‹ Previous | 1 2 3 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As relevant now as then., 13 April 2000
This review is from: Substance (Audio CD)
If there is one band I keep on returning to after all these years-it is this one, Joy Division. You know how you get bored with most of your collection? Not so with Joy Division. It is still an occasion when a Joy Division track plays, it is music which you listen to with all of your mind, it takes you away from the present and you get absorbed into the stunning drum and bass interplay. No one has matched the pulse of this music - it is different, masterfull, evocative and above all it still remains fresh and immediate. Buy this - it is an essential to any collection. Joy Division will be a key reference band for many years to come.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Purchase, 14 Sep 2004
This review is from: Substance (Audio CD)
With the success of New Order's singles compilation Substance in 1987, it was a welcome relief that one for Joy Division was released a year later. Confusingly, both shared the same name. Joys Divisions Substance became the home for the bands long out of print singles which demonstrated that the band could bring the same energy to the more focused "7 or "12 released that they did on an album. Though the earliest tracks like "Warsaw" and "Leaders of Men" were the most punk orientated songs the band ever cut to disc and do stand out as being some what out of place. However, they do show how quickly the band found their sound and quickly got into the groove by producing some memorable sides that by the time they released Digital and Autosuggestion, it was perfectly apparent. All of the songs were brilliantly recorded by their producer, Martin Hannett. The cold clear sounds of CD gives it a very cold feel that only adds to the sound the band were trying to produce. By the time of the final singles, Joy Division were beginning to produce some of the greatest "7's ever recorded. Even though not to everyone's taste, Atmosphere and Dead Souls demand to be heard and then there is their swan song. Love Will Tear Us Apart, the song that the band will always be associated with is a portrait of love and connection endlessly turning in on itself to destruction. The melody is beautiful and this is one of the great lyrics. If anyone says that popular music lyrics and stupid and irrelevant, show them this. A true masterpiece. It is just a shame that they never got to go further due to the death of their lead singer Ian Curtis. Would they have ended up sounding like New Order anyway, we will never know. The CD edition also included the B-sides. This collection is essential and it is unfortunate that they never achieved success in their life time. A must buy for any music fan.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The biography of an empowering band, 29 May 2004
By A Customer
This review is from: Substance (Audio CD)
I would describe this compilation as a sampled biography from the beginning to the end of their short but phenominally brilliant existence in musical history. I would suggest obtaining the two albums 'Unknown pleasures' and 'Closer' if you are new to the band first, and then buy this as a compliment to those. This album shows how the band and most notabily Ian Curtis developed from the fast moving and quite heavy early tracks such as 'Warsaw' and 'Failures' to the remarkable masterpiece - like later tracks such as 'Dead Souls', 'Atmosphere' and 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' I cannot really put into words how much I like some of the tracks on this album but the fact that I listened to it almost non - stop for a good few weeks after I bought it should give you a clue of how much I adore it.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly depressing., 18 Aug 2002
By 
George Owers - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Substance (Audio CD)
You don't 'enjoy' Joy Division. You admire and respect them. They're a bit like Orwell's 1984 - artistically accomplished but darker than the night. They are possibly the greatest band lyrically ever - the lyrics stalk and haunt you and are all the more chilling seeing as they were essentially the overture to Ian Curtis's suicide. Every song on here is enough to give you nightmares and make you feel decidedly uncomfortable - a very difficult thing to accomplish. The only really disappointing thing on here is the inferior version of the classic 'She's lost control.' 'Love will tear us apart' is simply perfect - the culmination of Joy Division's potential, and quite possibly the greatest song of the 20st century. Every song has merit, with it's trademark rhythmic drum or guitar riff driving the inevitably suicidal lyrics and exquistite intrumental work. Had Curtis not killed himself, they would have gone on to be stronger and stronger - they were cut short at their prime, but this record showcases the best of their melancholy beauty.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine pre-Closer collection., 13 April 2006
By 
This review is from: Substance (Audio CD)
Substance is an interesting compilation that ignores Closer and most of Unknown Pleasures, instead mopping up the EPs and singles released by the band in between, right down to the posthumous Komakino. It makes for a fine listen.

While the band's true genius is essentially absent without Day Of The Lords and the songs from Closer, the music here is still predominantly great. The songs under the earlier, punkier guise as Warsaw are raw, scratchy and thrilling, especially the selt-titled opener which has recently made its way back into New Order's setlists. Also present is a slightly different edit of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart,' the glimmer of hope in a coal-black body of work that is 'Transmission,' and the wondrous 'Atmosphere,' one of the more heartbreaking songs of their canon.

This is a sensibly compiled disc, around 65 minutes of songs which are a good example of the band we know and love. While the recent Heart And Soul box set feels like pillage and overkill, this compilation is more abbreviated and ultimately better off album, a fine companion piece to the band's two studio albums.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 15 Jan 2003
This review is from: Substance (Audio CD)
"Substance" is a collection of Joy Division material not included on the now landmark LPs "Unknown Pleasures" & "Closer". It is the album that got me interested in the band, so I would recommend it to anyone for their first purchase. It is amazing to learn that these songs were only available on EPs & singles for eight years, when one could argue it is the groups best work. Standout tracks include "Digital", "Transmission" and "Dead Souls". The album also treats the listener to the hit single "Love Will Tear Us Apart" which has made the top 20 3 separate times. The "golden track" on this collection is "Atmosphere". After listening to the rest of the LP and the two original albums, "Atmosphere" stands alone as the only Joy Division song to sound peaceful. Lyrics aside the sweeping keyboards and crooning vocals sound like nothing else the band wrote. Essentail stuff, the album to buy for Joy Division's most accessable songs.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Round-up of non-album tracks, 2 Aug 2007
By 
Lozarithm (Wilts, UK) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)   
This review is from: Substance (Audio CD)
Perfecly complementing their two essential studio albums, Unknown Pleasures and Closer, this expanded compilation re-issue rounds up their legendary singles, including Transmission/Novelty, Love Will Tear Us Apart/These Days and Atmosphere/She's Lost Control, none of which appeared on the albums and are rightly regarded as among their greatest works.

Substance also contains their first release in full, the EP An Ideal For Living (recorded in December 1977 at the point when they changed their name from Warsaw, but only released privately by the band in a limited edition the following summer); two tracks they recorded for the EP A Factory Sample (their first work with producer Martin Hannett); both sides of a freebie flexi-disc single (Komakino/Incubation); a French B-side (Dead Souls) and two outtakes from the Unknown Pleasures sessions.

This is not a complete round-up but in its more complete CD edition will probably satisfy the less obsessive Joy Division audience.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars The songs themselves are brilliant, but it's perhaps time Substance was updated or ..., 17 July 2014
By 
Simon (MANSFIELD,, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Substance (Audio CD)
Substance was originally released as a 10 track LP in 1988 as a singles/EP/compilation tracks collection and then expanded on CD to include the final 7 tracks as an "appendix". The songs themselves are brilliant, but it's perhaps time Substance was updated or a new compilation took its place. Here's a few reasons why:

"Dead Souls" and the 12" version of "She's Lost Control" - two of JD's greatest songs - run faster and are at a slightly higher pitch than they should. Certain tech-savvy fans have sorted these and other tracks with the same issue ("Colony", "Walked In Line") out and shared them online. This means that there are better quality versions on bootlegs than the official releases, which is a strange situation given how much the JD legacy has been milked over the last few years.

The appendix really ruins the flow for me. It's a big jolt to go from the elegiac desolation of "Atmosphere" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart" to the rough-and-ready post-punk of "No Love Lost" and "Failures".

It's incomplete. "At a Later Date and "As You Said" aren't on here. Neither is the b-side version of "Love Will Tear Us Apart", which was also inexplicably left off the Heart & Soul box set. Perhaps most importantly, there's is no "Ceremony" or "In a Lonely Place". Granted, they are only rehearsal tracks, but they would, according to Stephen Morris, have formed the next single. I think that a new compilation with the studio sides of 1981 comp Still, Substance, the tracks mentioned above and other more recent finds, such as the untitled instrumental and "Pictures In My Mind", would be really great. However, like the currently fought-over Unknown Pleasures outtakes and the tape of alternate Closer takes Hooky says he has, I won't hold my breath on such a thing being released.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a mixed bag.. but, 22 Feb 2002
By A Customer
This review is from: Substance (Audio CD)
If your looking to get into Joy Division, a band which had far reaching implications for the world of rock, this probably isnt the place to start. Your better off getting the 2 studio albums "Unknown pleasures" & "Closer". Once your hooked on those this is the next place to go. Alot of the songs here are older (some from the days when the band were called "Warsaw" I think) and arnt upto the standard of the studio albums proper. However, this album must not be written off because it contains some of Joy Divisions finest work - "Dead Souls" is a classic (latter covered by NIN on the Crow soundtrack), "Novelty" & "Love will tear us apart" are great, and "Transmission" is probably the most darkly intense recording they recorded - and that really is saying something. it builds into a kind of frenzy at the end, crashing guitars and Ian Curtis's sepulcral tones.. The band really seem possesed. Its worth the asking price, because the good songs on this record are awesome.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent early Joy Division compilation., 29 July 2007
By 
P. Philips (Sutton Coldfield UK) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Substance (Audio CD)
I still have an original Factory pressing of this CD which was 1 of the first CD's I ever bought in 1988 and still play it sometimes now.
It consists of mostly non-album tracks and has 4 songs from when Joy Division were still known as Warsaw and whilst these tracks are interesting, they sound quite crude compared to the rest of the material. This is particularly noticeable on this CD when a Warsaw track 'No Love Lost' is the next track immediately after the wonderful Love Will Tear Us Apart. Other notable tracks include Dead Souls from the earlier Still album, the EP tracks Digital and Glass and outtakes from Unknown Pleasures such as AutoSuggestion and From Safety To Where? - the last two cuts being as good as anything on that album.
I'd not recommend this as an introduction to Joy Division due to the rarities such as the aforementioned Warsaw tracks, I'd say it's better to start with the 1995 'Permanent' compilation which contains tracks from both their 'official' albums and 2 mixes of Love Will Tear Us Apart, one of which is the rarely-heard version from the Atmosphere CD single.
That's another story though, and I'd not hesitate to recommend Substance as a 2nd. or 3rd. Joy Division purchase.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 3 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Substance
Substance by Joy Division
Buy MP3 Album7.49
Add to wishlist See buying options
Only search this product's reviews