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4.6 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (15 Nov. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00002MDFA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,674 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Warsaw
  2. Leaders Of Men
  3. Digital
  4. Autosuggestion
  5. Transmission
  6. She's Lost Control [12-Inch Version]
  7. Incubation
  8. Dead Souls
  9. Atmosphere
  10. Love Will Tear Us Apart
  11. No Love Lost
  12. Failures
  13. Glass
  14. From Safety To Where
  15. Novelty
  16. Komakino
  17. These Days

Product Description

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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