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5.0 out of 5 stars A band of true greatness, 12 Jan 2001
This review is from: Heart And Soul Box Set (Audio CD)
Anyone who is unfamiliar with the lads from Manchester should contemplate how much they actually like music. To have a fondness for music is one thing, but to like Joy Division is to love them. Almost everything that Joy Division recorded is contained in this sumptuously packaged 4 cd box set. There's the albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer in their entirety and live album Still. There's a scrupulous attention to detail here, there's early versions of songs such as Chance, which was a blueprint for the exquisite beauty of Atmosphere. There's songs from 12" records, flexi-discs and Peel Sessions. Previously unreleased live and studio takes reside in this lush package too, some sound quality is a little ropey in spite of being touched up, but it's still exciting to hear the familar tunes thrashing into life. What's surprising is how much there is, to say that Joy Division were only recording from 1977 to 1980 highlights how prolific a writer Curtis was. The sound created by producer Hannet - crisp and haunting - adds so much impact to Joy Division's music and there's an obvious sense of progression here too. The use of synthesiser on Closer adds a new depth and direction to the earlier rock influenced sound. Some tracks are a little over-represented though, there's 3 versions of Candidate, Insight, She's Lost Control, Interzone and The Only Mistake, but this is a minor grumble when balanced against the excellently researched sleeve notes. There's various contributors adding their own view on Joy Division and why they're special, there's also a discography, sessionography, a biography, song lyrics and details of TV and Film credits. This should be an essential part of any serious music lovers' collection, from one of popular music's greatest bands.
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