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This review is from: Heart and Soul (Audio CD)
I had picked up a few Joy Division recordings previously but opted for this extraordinary collection due to the content and accessible price. The collection pulls together pretty much everything they did in their short career before the sad loss of curtis. For such an important band, it is shocking to realise that this wonderful box contains pretty much everything - thank goodness they were prolific enough to lay down this much material! As you would imagine the songs are often sparse and atmospheric, punctuated by weird and wonderful sound effects. The guitars are often sibilant, the drums and symbals prominent in the mix and Curtis's vocal delivery hypnotic and mesmerising. The tortured soul is often on view, coming through in his words and vocal delivery. Outstanding, occasionally moving and utterly unique.