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  • Audio CD (17 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: LONDON RECORDS
  • ASIN: B000V7J6DO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

Joy Division's classic debut album, expanded with a second disc featuring their live concert at the "Factory" on 13th July 1979 - plus new sleeve notes by Jon Savage.

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Format: Audio CD
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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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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The Vinyl I received was not as displayed in the picture, nor as how I had hoped, the vinyl arrived with a glossy face and with 'Unknown Pleasures-Joy Division' on the front. This was not the original cover art and not how Peter Saville intended it to be presented. Not to mention the record its self is pink, and this is the last album you would expect to be pink due to the contents dense and dark nature.

Very Disappointed; 2/5
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Brilliant classic album. Builds from raw to sophisticated over the course of the album. Heart-rending songs. The bonus CD has some excellent live recordings. The cardboard sleeve is really nice to handle, and my husband has not been able to break it yet (he always manages to break the plastic double CD sleeves.
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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 spawned numerous imitators, non-one else has ever replicated the peculiar intensity of the music. I've always preferred it to Closer, even though the latter arguably has some stronger songs on it. However, Unknown Pleasures has a certain tone and atmosphere that sounds just right. Unlike Closer, the melancholy doesn't quite tip the listener over the edge. It's more or less perfect, apart from the tuneless dirge I Remember Nothing (which was mimicked by the Bunnymen on the closing track of their first album).

As is the case with reissues, we get an extra disc of tracks which no-one needs. In this case, its a live disc which showcases the bands deficiencies. Hooky hacks away at his bass, Bernard slashes away clumsily at his guitar, while Curtis alternately mumbles and howls off-key. Even the ever-reliable Morris seems to be playing too fast at times. The only value of this disc is in showing how much of a debt the band owed to Martin Hannett, whose brilliant production job ensured the album's place for posterity.
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This is up there with one of the best albums of my generation.
Hooky dark spiky bass and Curtis fantastic lyrics. Wilderness is a fine example of how editors got their sound especially of the track sparks
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Although being french (sorry), I'm very interested in all quality records from England and elsewhere. Joy Division is without any doubt one of the few legends that helped to define and enhance modern music in its boldest, deepest and most innovative aspects, touching as much the musical as the sociological, psychological etc, not to mention pure teenage angst. This record is of very good quality in itself, and the liner notes are well written and to the point.

I hope to rediscover such "unknown" gems in the future.
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It's not very often I can say that I was there at the beginning, but it was certainly the case with Joy Division. I bought Unknown Pleasures shortly after its release, on the advice of a friend and was immediately hooked, and I remember well how devastated I felt when John Peel announced on radio 1 in May 1980 that Curtis was dead.

This is the Joy Division album in my opinion. The second and last album, Closer, is a lot darker, and almost a suicide note. It seems to me that Ian Curtis knew that there would be no third album, and Closer, whilst undeniably a great album and worthy of five stars itself, is weighed down by depression.

Unknown Pleasures is the sound of a band trying to make it, looking to the future, at the start of their careers, and is about as upbeat as Joy Division could be. The album starts with the manic, classic drum beat of "Disorder", and then Curtis's vocals "I've been waiting for a guide to come and take me by the hand". For nearly 30 years I thought he sang guy NOT guide, until at last the penny dropped when I bought this CD.

"Disorder" comes crashing to a halt, but before you've had time to draw breath, the ominous bass of "Day of the Lords" begins. No longer manic, this is dark and considered "This is the room, the start of it all, no portrait so fine, only sheets on the wall.......Where will it end? Where will it end?". By the time "Day of the Lords" ends, you know you're listening to a special album.

But for all this great start, complimented well by songs 3 & 4, "Candidate" and "Insight", it is the middle part of the album which makes it so great in my opinion.
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