Not a lot to say about this legendary band Joy Division. Simply one of the greatest bands of all time, what these self-described oiks from Manchester/Salford/Macclesfield were able to do within the framework of their time (1977-1980) is nothing less than astounding.
Chicago Tribune chief music writer Greg Kot once referred to their two studio records UNKNOWN PLEASURES (1979, Factory FACT 10) and CLOSER(1980, Factory FACT 25), in an email to your humble blogger, as "postpunk's holy-grail albums". Obviously I concur.
I suppose this post would be more apropos closer to the 28th anniversary of Ian Curtis' death, but as it were, we find ourselves just days short of the 28th anniversary of the band's second-to-last-ever gig, at Derby's Ajanta Cinema 19 April 1980.
While this band has been duly anthologized via the four-disc HEART AND SOUL box set, a proper - in your humble blogger's opinion - one or two CD "Best Of" has yet to be compiled. One man's best is another man's scrap heap, or something. There have been two separate "best of"-type compilations released, 1995's PERMANENT (odd song choices, and really terrible mastering), and 2008's THE BEST OF JOY DIVISION (again, song choice is a bit wacky).
So allow me to present The PoIT's DIGITAL: Joy Division 1977-1980, in two parts.
Part 1 - this week - is my version of a best-of, featuring tracks pulled from their various studio sessions. I was intending this to be a single disc's worth of tracks, but as usual I wasn't able to restrain myself. So it'll take two. And even beyond these 34 tracks, honestly, is there such thing as a duff Joy Division track? I'll leave that conversation to the peanut gallery to discuss.
Part 2 - next week - will feature my favorite live Joy Division tracks, from a variety of live gigs.
01 Exercise One 02 Disorder 03 Insight 04 Digital 05 Atrocity Exhibition (Closer version) 06 Colony 07 Autosuggestion 08 Candidate (Piccadilly version) 09 New Dawn Fades 10 Heart And Soul 11 Dead Souls ("Sordide Sentimental" version) 12 Incubation 13 Komakino 14 Transmission (rejected single version) 15 Chance (Atmosphere) 16 Love Will Tear Us Apart (A-side version) 17 I Remember Nothing
01 The Sound Of Music 02 Isolation 03 Transmission (single version) 04 These Days (Piccadilly version) 05 Shadowplay 06 The Kill 07 Dead Souls (original attempt) 08 From Safety To Where...? 09 She's Lost Control (12" version) 10 Twenty Four Hours 11 The Eternal 12 Decades 13 Ceremony (rehearsal version) 14 Atrocity Exhibition (Piccadilly version) 15 Atmosphere 16 Love Will Tear Us Apart (B-side version) 17 As You Said
A place in which I occasionally post my favorite LPs, EPs, songs, what-have-you. No particular schedule, just when the mood strikes. What will you find here? Excellent, genre-setting (or busting) music. No crap. Promise. Like the stuff? Buy it. Support the scene, keep the kids in line, delete after 24 hours, etc. For evaluation purposes only. The files will explode into a bloody mess 24 hours after you listen to them. You don't want mp3 shrapnel inside your PC do you?