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Chris Ott

Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures - 33 1/3

    33 1/3 is a series of short books about critically acclaimed and much-loved albums of the last 40 years. Focusing on one album rather than an artist's entire output, the books dispense with the standard biographical background that fans know already, and cut to the heart of the music on each album. The authors provide fresh, original perspectives - often through their access to and relationships with the key figures involved in the recording of these albums.

    By turns obsessive, passionate, creative, and informed, the books in this series demonstrate many different ways of writing about music. (A task which can be, as Elvis Costello famously observed, as tricky as dancing about architecture.) What binds this series together, and what brings it to life, is that all of the authors - musicians, scholars, and writers - are deeply in love with the album they have chosen.

    Peter Hook & The Light

    Joy Division: A Celebration

      Peter Hook & The Light celebrate the work of Joy Division live at Manchester Apollo in an amazing set lasting over 2 and a half hours.

      TRACK LISTING

      Vinyl Tracklisting
      Disc 1
      Side 1

      1. Dead Souls
      2. Disorder
      3. Day Of The Lords
      4. Candidate
      5. Insight
      Side 2
      1. New Dawn Fades
      2. She's Lost Control
      3. Shadowplay
      4. Wilderness
      Disc 2
      Side 1

      1. Interzone
      2. I Remember Nothing
      3. Atrocity Exhibition
      4. Isolation
      Side 2
      1. Passover
      2. Colony
      3. A Means To An End
      4. Heart & Soul
      Disc 3
      Side 1

      1. Twenty Four Hours
      2. The Eternal
      3. Decades
      Side 2
      1. Atmosphere
      2. Ceremony
      3. Transmission
      4. Love Will Tear Us Apart
      Disc 4
      Side 1

      1. Elegia (CD)
      2. Cries & Whispers (CD)
      3. Regret (CD)
      4. What Do You Want From Me? (CD)
      5. Vanishing Point (CD)
      6. True Faith (CD)
      7. The Perfect Kiss (CD)

      CD Tracklisting
      Disc 1

      1. Elegia
      2. Cries & Whispers
      3. Regret
      4. What Do You Want From Me?
      5. Vanishing Point
      6. True Faith
      7. The Perfect Kiss
      Disc 2
      1. Dead Souls
      2. Disorder
      3. Day Of The Lords
      4. Candidate
      5. Insight
      6. New Dawn Fades
      7. She's Lost Control
      8. Shadowplay
      9. Wilderness
      10. Interzone
      11. I Remember Nothing
      Disc 3
      1. Atrocity Exhibition
      2. Isolation
      3. Passover
      4. Colony
      5. A Means To An End
      6. Heart & Soul
      7. Twenty Four Hours
      8. The Eternal
      9. Decades
      10. Atmosphere
      11. Ceremony
      12. Transmission
      13. Love Will Tear Us Apart

      Peter Hook

      Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

        'Genuinely funny; indeed, the story will keep you entertained for a very long time' - Sunday Times

        Joy Division changed the face of music. Godfathers of the enduring alternative scene, they reinvented rock in the post-punk era, creating a sound - dark, hypnotic, intense - that would influence U2, Morrissey, R.E.M., Radiohead and many others. This is the rollercoaster story of Joy Division - the friendships, fights, fall-outs; the rehearsals and recording sessions; the larger than life characters - told by the band's legendary bassist, Peter Hook.

        'Hook has restored a flesh-and-blood rawness to what was becoming a standard tale. Few pop music books manage that' - Guardian

        Joy Division

        Transmission

          Joy Division’s debut single, FAC 13, Transmission kicked off the group’s trend for releasing singles that didn’t appear on their albums. This 40th anniversary 12” features remastered audio on 180g vinyl, and the original artwork on heavyweight board with an embossed sleeve.

          TRACK LISTING

          A: Transmission
          B: Novelty

          Joy Division

          Love Will Tear Us Apart

            Joy Division’s most enduring classic, Love Will Tear Us Apart, was released in June 1980 not long after Ian Curtis’ untimely passing; and become the group’s highest charting single. Named NME Single of the Year 1980, this 40th anniversary 12” has been remastered and pressed on 180g vinyl and features Peter Saville’s iconic original artwork.

            TRACK LISTING

            A: Love Will Tear Us Apart
            B: These Days

            Joy Division / New Order

            Total: From Joy Division To New Order

              Despite an incredibly short recording career Joy Division remarkably have stood the test of time in terms of influential British bands. Their dark, brooding sound has inspired more artists than could be listed and their continued adoration today is testament to the forward thinking yet inward projected music and lyricism of a young band on the brink of success yet unsure of how to deal with it. With the sad passing of Ian Curtis, from the ashes rose New Order; the same core band but with a new fresh approach to their chosen career path. Loud, colourful and full of life.

              ‘Total’ is a chronological look at the two bands most important tracks, covering Joy Division staples such as 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', and the resonating 'Atmosphere'. New Order bring to the table 'Blue Monday', 'Bizarre Love Triangle' and 'True Faith'. Also included is a brand new never released New Order track ‘Hellbent’.

              TRACK LISTING

              Side One
              Transmission
              Love Will Tear Us Apart
              Isolation
              She’s Lost Control
              Atmosphere

              Side Two
              Ceremony
              Temptation
              Blue Monday

              Side Three
              Thieves Like Us
              The Perfect Kiss
              Bizarre Love Triangle
              True Faith
              Fine Time

              Side Four
              World In Motion
              Regret
              Crystal
              Krafty
              Hellbent

              Joy Division

              Still - 2007 Remaster Edition

                'Still', first released in October ‘81 through Factory Records is a compilation consisting of Joy Division’s unreleased studio and live recordings. 'Still' includes a live recording of Joy Division’s last concert at Birmingham University, plus the only live performance of “Ceremony” which later become New Order’s debut single, and a cover of The Velvet Underground’s ‘Sister Ray’ recorded at the moonlight club in London April 1980. This new heavyweight double vinyl edition features audio from the 2007 remaster available on vinyl for the first time. 

                TRACK LISTING

                Exercise One 3:05
                Ice Age 2:22
                The Sound Of Music 3:53
                Glass 3:55
                The Only Mistake 4:15
                Walked In Line 2:46
                The Kill 2:14
                Something Must Break 2:47
                Dead Souls 4:52
                Sister Ray 7:34
                Ceremony 3:50
                Shadowplay 3:54
                A Means To An End 4:01
                Passover 5:05
                New Dawn Fades 4:01
                Twenty Four Hours 4:00
                Transmission 3:33
                Disorder 3:20
                Isolation 3:05
                Decades 5:22
                Digital 3:53

                Joy Division

                Substance - 2010 Remaster Edition

                  Joy Division compilation ‘Substance’, first released in 1988 fills in the missing pieces of the band’s history with four non-album singles (‘Transmission’, ‘Komakino’, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Atmosphere’), plus their B-sides.

                  LP Edition
                  This new heavyweight double vinyl edition features audio remastered in 2010 for the +- singles box and for the first time on vinyl, the expanded tracklist from the original CD release, plus two additional songs: “As You Said” and the Pennine version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” 

                  CD Edition
                  This new CD edition features audio remastered in 2010 for the +- singles box. The tracklist matches the expanded original CD release, plus two additional songs: “As You Said” and the Pennine version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” 


                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1 Warsaw
                  A2 Leaders Of Men
                  A3 Digital
                  A4 Autosuggestion
                  A5 Transmission
                  B1 She’s Lost Control
                  B2 Incubation
                  B3 Dead Souls
                  B4 Atmosphere
                  B5 Love Will Tear Us Apart
                  C1 No Love Lost
                  C2 Failures
                  C3 Glass
                  C4 From Safety To Where
                  D1 Novelty
                  D2 Komakino
                  D4 As You Said
                  D3 These Days
                  D5 Love Will Tear Us Apart (Pennine Version)

                  Joy Division

                  Closer - 2007 Remaster Vinyl Edition

                    Joy Division's second album came out a year after their debut, and many consider it an even greater achievement. Whilst still messed-up, depressed and turbulent, there's a less violent and more resigned vibe here. A majestic gloom prevails and whilst the old side one would feature their trademark, twisted, scariness, a glacial, detached beauty sees the last four songs take Joy Division into the realm of the gods. These are brooding soundscapes with keyboards to the fore (the whole album has less guitars) and heartbreaking melodies. In this seamless run of four unbelievable tracks, the sorrow and emptiness is so real, so powerful, that nothing in popular music has since surpassed it. They were growing as writers and their sound had evolved. Two of the most stunning albums in the history of pop and only a year apart. A whole slew of imitators were waiting in the wings, and Joy Division were set to take on the world. We all know what happened next.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Atrocity Exhibition 
                    2. Isolation 
                    3. Passover 
                    4. Colony 
                    5. A Means To An End 
                    6. Heart And Soul 
                    7. Twenty Four Hours 
                    8. The Eternal
                    9. Decades 

                    Joy Division

                    Unknown Pleasures - 2007 Remaster Edition

                      It's difficult to describe the jaw-dropping astonishment that came with the release of this, Joy Division's debut album, in 1979. That four Mancunian punks could create a work of such power, splendour and originality that would change pop music forever, well, a whole new genre had to be invented for them. This had the honesty and passion of punk, but this was arty, angular, literary and unique; this was definitely post-punk, but the massive impact of this record saw Joy Division quickly transcend any pigeon-holing. With singer Ian Curtis documenting fear and alienation, and the band conjuring powerful, brooding rock that featured bass as a lead instrument, dischordant guitar and churning drums and percussion, an emotive group was turned into one of the greatest of all time by Martin Hannett's beautiful production. This is bleak, heavy music, but it's also incredibly exhilarating. In Curtis's words and monotone vocals there's doom and drama, but you could never say this was an act; this is pure, naked emotion captured on tape. There's an intensity here that still shocks.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Disorder
                      2. Day Of The Lords
                      3. Candidate
                      4. Insight
                      5. New Dawn Fades
                      6. She's Lost Control
                      7. Shadowplay
                      8. Wilderness
                      9. Interzone
                      10. I Remember Nothing

                      Joy Division

                      Unknown Pleasures - 2007 Remastered Edition

                        It's difficult to describe the jaw-dropping astonishment that came with the release of this, Joy Division's debut album, in 1979. That four Mancunian punks could create a work of such power, splendour and originality that would change pop music forever, well, a whole new genre had to be invented for them. This had the honesty and passion of punk, but this was arty, angular, literary and unique; this was definitely post-punk, but the massive impact of this record saw Joy Division quickly transcend any pigeon-holing. With singer Ian Curtis documenting fear and alienation, and the band conjuring powerful, brooding rock that featured bass as a lead instrument, dischordant guitar and churning drums and percussion, an emotive group was turned into one of the greatest of all time by Martin Hannett's beautiful production. This is bleak, heavy music, but it's also incredibly exhilarating. In Curtis's words and monotone vocals there's doom and drama, but you could never say this was an act; this is pure, naked emotion captured on tape. There's an intensity here that still shocks.

                        Joy Division

                        Still (Remastered)

                          This album is a compilation released after Ian Curtis's death and it's an odds'n'sods affair featuring outtakes, live tracks and b-sides. The unreleased songs are of their early, punkish variety: edgy, fractured and intense. But it's the live album which makes this special. This is the band's last ever gig at Birmingham University and whilst there's some punkish mistakes and wonky sound, Joy Division's power is undeniable. This is the only place you can hear their version of what would become New Order's debut (and greatest?) single, too: "Ceremony", though hindered by a dozy soundman, proves that this band were going to mix awesome rock songs with the more refined splendour of "Closer's" new, calm, keyboard-ghostliness. Their scope was breathtaking. But two weeks later, Ian Curtis was dead.

                          Joy Division

                          Martin Hannett's Personal Mix - Repress

                            Discovered by friends of Martin Hannett recently and with input from one of his relatives, these recordings give a rare insight into his production ideas for Joy Division and his relationship with the band - the strange things, sound effects - they recorded in the studio together. The studio chit chat and interplay between Hannett, Gretton and Joy Division members is all here as Martin left his own tape machine running throughout studio sessions. On this album we have rare alternative mixes of Joy Division that were Martin's personal favourites and he had the forethought to get the band members to give him control of these recordings. Includes alternative mixes of "Autosuggestion", "Heart And Soul", "24 Hours", "Passover", "The Eternal" (2 mixes), "From Safety To Where" and "Decades" (3 mixes). An essential item for all Joy Division fans.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Side 1
                            From Safety To Where
                            Autosuggestion
                            Heart And Soul
                            Side 2
                            N 4 Europop (Decades)
                            24 Hours
                            Passover
                            Side 3
                            N 4 Europop (Decades)
                            N 4 Europop (Decades)
                            Synth Tone
                            Hannetts Lift Recording 1
                            Joy Division Keyboard Doodles
                            Hannetts Lift Recording 2
                            Organ Doodles
                            Side 4
                            The Eternal
                            The Eternal
                            Chit Chat And Cup Smashing
                            Hannett Speaks. 

                            Joy Division

                            Let The Movie Begin

                              Put together by a couple of Belgian Joy Division experts to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the sadly missed Ian Curtis-and the year that the Ian Curtis Movie is to begin. This album contains extremely rare audio interviews with all members of Joy Division - some of which have never seen the light of day before plus spoken word contribution on one number from Martin Hannett and a rare Martin Hannett interview. The interview sections are interspersed with superb live performances from various venues through the career of the band including rarities from Dutch and Belgian concert performances and a couple of rare alternative studio outtakes. The eight page fold out full colour CD booklet contains lots of Joy Division images and a biographical article on the band by Mick Middles from 1978.


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