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Unknown Pleasures - 40th Anniversary Edition

    A limited edition 40th anniversary version of Unknown Pleasures will be released on June 14th, almost forty years to the day after it was originally released. The LP will be pressed on 180g ruby red vinyl with an alternative white sleeve resembling the original design idea.

    It's a celebration of one of the most important albums of our time as well as a landmark in music/design crossover history.

    One of the most significant debuts of all time, the album’s legacy continues to endure with NME claiming it to be ‘simply one of the best records ever made’


    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: Limited 180 gram red vinyl.

    Jon Savage

    This Searing Light, The Sun And Everything Else - Joy Division: The Oral History

      Jon Savage's magisterial oral history is the last word on Joy Division and a must-read for any fan.

      Joy Division emerged in the mid-70s at the start of a two-decades long Manchester scene that was to become much mythologised. It was then a city still labouring in the wake of the war and entering a phase of huge social and physical change, and something of this spirit made its way into the DNA of the band. Over the course of two albums, a handful of other seminal releases, and some legendary gigs, Joy Division became the most successful and exciting underground band of their generation. Then, on the brink of a tour to America, Ian Curtis took his own life.

      In This searing light, the sun and everything else, Jon Savage has assembled three decades worth of interviews with the principle players in the Joy Division story: Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Deborah Curtis, Peter Saville, Tony Wilson, Paul Morley, Alan Hempsall, Lesley Gilbert, Terry Mason, Anik Honore, and many more. It is the story of how a band resurrected a city, how they came together in circumstances that are both accidental and extraordinary, and how their music galvanised a generation of fans, artists and musicians. It is a classic story of how young men armed with electric guitars and good taste in literature can change the world with four chords and three-and-a-half minutes of music. And it is the story of how illness and demons can rob the world of a shamanic lead singer and visionary lyricist.

      This searing light, the sun and everything else presents the history of Joy Division in an intimate and candid way, as orchestrated by the lodestar of British music writing, Jon Savage.

      Ian Curtis

      So This Is Permanence: Joy Division Lyrics And Notebooks (Hardback Edition)

        So this is permanence, edited by Jon Savage with a foreword by Deborah Curtis, presents the intensely personal writings of one of the most enigmatic and influential songwriters and performers of the late twentieth century, Joy Division's Ian Curtis.

        The songs of Joy Division, infused with the energy of punk but steeped in a resigned longing, were born of Manchester in the late seventies - a once flourishing industrial city in decline. They were the songs too of Ian Curtis's inner tragedies, as he battled depression, epilepsy and debilitating stage fright. Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980, on the eve of the band's first American tour.

        Interspersed with the lyrics are previously unpublished facsimile pages of Ian's notebooks, which throw his highly emotive lyrics into fascinating relief and cast light on the creative process of this singularly poetic songwriter.

        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.” 


        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xLP Info: 2xLP 180 gram heavyweight 12” vinyl.

        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. 

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          2xLP Info: 2xLP 180 Gram Heavy Weight 12” Vinyl.

          2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

          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.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            LP includes MP3 Download Code.

            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.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            LP Info: 180g vinyl edition.

            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’.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            2xLtd LP Info: Originally released in June 2011 on CD, available on vinyl for the very first time.
            Mastered for vinyl by Frank Arkwright from his 2011 remasters.

            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.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            2xCD Info: A double remastered CD, housed in plastic O-card. The bonus CD features 14 tracks recorded live at High Wycombe 20th Feb 1980.

            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.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            2xCD Info: A double remastered CD, housed in plastic O-card. The bonus CD features 12 tracks recorded live at Factory, Manchester 13th July 1979.

            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.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            2xCD Info: A double remastered CD, housed in plastic O-card. The bonus CD features 12 tracks recorded live at ULU, London 8th Feb 1980.

            Joy Division

            Les Bains Douches

            The complete "Les Bains Douches" set spread across a double LP. A classic live album with nine tracks recorded live in Paris on 18th December 1979, three tracks recorded in Amsterdam (including the awesome version of "New Dawn Fades") on January 11th 1980 and four tracks recorded in Eindhoven on January 18th 1980.


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