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5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive overview of the greatest British band, 19 Jan 2004
This review is from: Heart And Soul Box Set (Audio CD)
Joy Division are widely regarded as one of,if not the most influential british bands since the beatles.A band that in a time of thrashy,anarchist 3 chord tracks managed to push back the boundaries of music by intertwining the downbeat,atmospheric percussion of bassist peter hook and drummer Stephen morris with the tortured baritone vocals of genius lead singer Ian Curtis.A band that intensified mood and expression to create some of the best music of all time,hugely influential to the post-punk/new-wave scenes of the early 1980's and leaving a huge mark in indie music to bands as diverse as the smashing pumpkins,interpol...and modern day bands such as british sea power.ian curtis' vocals constantly create an uneasy mood with the listener,but the songs still remain if not catchy,but accessable.
this 4 Cd box-set is a very comprehensive view of the band,as it contains both their studio albums,all their singles and b-sides and many other cuts from the john peel sessions,licht and blindheit,earcom 2 and the factory flexidisc.Also thrown in is the earlier,thrashier,more punk-orientated Warsaw material.The set also follows a logical sequence,with the studio albums on seperate discs with their accompanied singles,b-sides and tracks associated with them.Disc 3 has the earler Warsaw material with some material from their 2 john peel sessions and other selected tracks from their short lived sessionography,some of which is previously unreleased(most notably ceremony and In a lonely place,both of which became new order hits-but sound so much diferent with Curtis on vocals).Disc 4 is comprised of previously unreleased live material,and dispels the myth that Joy Division were not a particularly effective live band.
All in all,this is a great box-set,as it has all the fan could want.It simply provides brilliant music by certainly my favourite band,and one of the best bands of all time.the only disapointment is that the John Peel sessions-although available on a seperate Cd-is edited to 3 tracks,i personally would have liked to have seen all 8 tracks in their entirity.But that aside, a great purchase.Joy Division still sound fresh to this day and are still in my opinion,although it sounds ridiculous,a band of the future.This is because there has been no successful attempt to emulate them or take over their amazing Martin Hannett(genius)produced sound,and they still continue to amaze me and challenge what a band can actually do.Its amazing that in just 2 years,a band constantly produced excellence and changed music.
Stand out tracks:
Transmission,Disorder,day of the lords,24 hours,colony,she's lost control,shadowplay,novelty,atmosphere,heart and soul and of course,love will tear us apart
Ian Curtis RIP(1956-1980)
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