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Unknown Pleasures [Re-Mastered Re-Issues]
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on 26 May 2015
Seminal, with extra stuff, which you don't need, but you want. A good replacement for an old LP and a worn out C-90!
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on 18 November 2015
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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on 8 January 2017
Brilliant album ruined by an awful pressing. Every vinyl I have ordered from Amazon has skipped multiple times (100% nothing to do with turntable). Don't waste your money.
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on 19 October 2012
Ok this box set is great for collectors like myself but if you already have them i would not bother.
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on 25 January 2017
One of the greatest records of all time.

Listed in NME's 'Greatest Albums of All Time' this is definitely a must listen. An album of some dark nature but rich and beautiful.

A benchmark for claustrophobia and creeping unease, it feels like there’s hardly any room to breathe on Joy Division’s 1979 debut – as though the austere machinery that propels the album along is sucking all the oxygen out of your lungs. More than thirty years on, there’s still something unknowable and otherworldly about it.
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on 12 June 2017
Classic of the 80's. This album will be ever at the stores all the world, because it will conquest people of new generations. it's eternal. One of 100 all the times popular records.
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on 23 August 2011
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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on 19 November 2013
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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VINE VOICEon 12 February 2017
Forgot Ian Curtis worked in a day centre for the mentally and physically ill, whilst working for the civil Service- and this atmosphere seeps through the fabric, reflected his own state of mental being, inducing a greater acute awareness of existence. It is the power of this artefact.

Unknown Pleasures provided a very potent looking glass mirror - a peak into him for the voyeur, a reflection back into the self for those who have greater acumen.

For those looking for clues, clearly when he realised epilepsy was taking over his life, just as it had taken over the lives of those people he was working with - it led to; she's lost control - but much more than this - for someone who was acutely aware - he saw the nihilism of the final abyss lying underneath the social presentation of existence. And this record was his attempt to capture it - whilst he was trapped in a no man's land, albeit filtered through the mind of Hannett.

If you start reading about epilepsy the academic literature refers back to the invisible gene, as it does with autism, suicide, schizophrenia and any other human condition.

Here the alienation becomes complete, as the academic world severs away the real one, placing the epileptic condition into the realms of invisibility and furthering the cause of nihilism in a journey through wastelands filled with depression. What can you do about a genetic condition?
Suffer guilt at the realisation of what you have done - passing the condition on.

But this is no more genetic than getting drunk or smoking - ways of dealing with the nihilistic abyss by obscuring it - although both strategies by default lead the strategist to a final curtain. But there again - so does breathing - we all end up moving one way - birth to death.

Academics ignore underlying the physical stress of actually being within the world - the spirit of the individual who has a feeling. Meanwhile, Pull yourself together lad you will be on Top of the Pops before you know it. - Each quip must have been akin to a coffin nail, when you see reality.

The point? - All of these feelings poured through his lyrical observations, firstly concerning himself and then his perception others, all the while linking to his cultural tastes based on - an expanding nihilism where he could not take any more.

The songs are about people being trapped in their own individual bubbles; those who live disconnectedly (Ballard, Dick, Burroughs, Iggy, Throbbing Gristle, Bowie Low, Herzog). For him there was no way out - the world of flowers and Abba Disco la la was rejected as fake and beyond it lay some 1st world war wasteland.

It is not as if what he depicted has disappeared as a historical anomaly - in fact it has become more pronounced, except the mass of people live within various states of denial very comfortably- albeit distorted with pain. Young people in the 21st century are not even exposed to this sense of meaningless - they actually believe what they are being told and believe there will be some form of redemption. Meanwhile the male suicide rates rise upwards as he tried to get to you.

Grounded upon a dystopian alienated vision, operating as warning - they became an aspiration. It is not as if Ian Curtis could not foresee the future, he fully described it in detail- alienation, coldness and the futility of striving and so, ironically, it became what people strived for.

Looking for a clue to get out? Most people find the key and lock themselves within - its safer that way.

Trapped within is a world where individuals are atomised and incarcerated into concrete worlds trapped on constant a treadmill whilst hurtling to the journey at the end of the night....Ian just lays it bare.

Insights into himself, he pronounced for others and here echoes the Frankfurt School, Sartre and a whole host of luminaries. Whilst he was primarily self directed in his learning, transcendence forms- as with all major artists alchemised and distilled thoughts to produce something that lasts beyond rock. as nearly 40 years later it sounds eerily contemporary.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 12 October 2007
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. At the time, the brief aftermath of punk was raging against everything and anything in a display of full-on inarticulate aggression - Joy Division were the first truly post-punk band, moving from this rage to a state of ambition and aspiration - not just to rage but also to seek a way out. The LP is a short, harsh, alienated essay on then-modern life : under the age of vinyl LP's, records were often just 36 minutes long, and "Unknown Pleasures" holds no flab or filler. Every song is a concise, but unhurried experience, and the rarified, dry, near academic atmosphere created by Martin Hannett shows clearly that Joy Division were, in the studio at least, Hannett's creation. Nowhere is this more noticable than in the sets accompanying concert CD, which shows Joy Division for the rough'n'ready rock act that they were - all rough edges, sharp corners, abrasive guitars, pounding drums of controlled, primed release, and Peter Hook's distinctive, unique bass melodies. The whole package is mastered over by Ian Curtis' troubled, but vital vocals : the language of rock has rarely been so rich. Most people add words to songs. Curtis added poetry, and used his words as an extra instrument instead of an afterthought - adding to the dense soundscape an intense and complex lyrical world with compelling vocals. This is not just musak : you can't just listen to this stuff whilst doing the washing up or shopping. This isn't music to be heard, but music to be listened to with intent.

Thankfully, disc 1 - the studio album - has been unencumbered with the addition of unnecessary, ugly extra tracks : the album is a complete statement in and of itself. The live disc is (mostly) a repackage of material from 1997's "Heart And Soul" box set, capturing a rough recording of the group performing at Manchester's Factory : an abrasive rock band powering loosely through, and extrapolating from, the bulk of their then new LP with a theraputic aggression. If you don't have "Heart And Soul", this isn't a bad purchase (and good value at the price), but is strictly rather unnecessary.
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