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Unknown Pleasures Import


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 25 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: WEA/Warner
  • ASIN: B000002LGL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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

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Format: Audio CD
I have doubts that any band will ever match the emotion of Ian Curtis and The Joy Division. The display of anger, confusion, intensity, and overall sadness embraces all of Joy Division's short list of studio albums. While the follow up to this 1979 debut, the album "Closer" probably takes the cake for the most depressing peice of work they (or nearly anyone really) ever did, This album "Unknown Pleasures" mostly reads like a suicide note by itself (sans RIP Ian).
This album has a few lighteer slightly more upbeat songs most noteably the openor "Disorder" which shows why this band obviously paved the way for bands that would popularize JD's post-punk and other mixed sounds like U2. Despite this the next song "Day Of The Lords" is mostly all pure doom and gloom with a chanted corus of "Where Will it End", making it sound like Ian's suicide wasn't much of a shock, though it was a tragedy. The next few songs are equally gloomy and dark and also have a creepy atmosphere that adds to the feel of this album.
What makes this a little lighter than "Closer" (which NEEDS to be purchased if you already don't have a copy) mostly because after "She's Lost Control" (which is an excellent song) the seventh and most famous track "Shadow Play" which is a definate highligh, comes in with a different sound the atmosphere gets a little lighter and the songs have a more guitar driven and slightly rocking feeling to them with less depresion and darkness than the previous five songs while the closer "I remeber Nothing" returns to the sound of the first half of the album (excluding "Disorder").
I'm not sure where a JD begginers should start. They may seem a bit difficult to handle at first.
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By Kurt Lennon on Nov. 5 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album was an impulse buy for me after hearing endless good work on this band, and comparisons to Interpol, whose "Turn on the Bright Lights" was a favorite of mine from last year. I am extremely glad I bought this album: although it is very unlike "Love Will Tear Us Apart" which until now has been my only taste of the band, I love this album. It is dark, funereal, but there is a certain beauty in the songs, especially considering Ian Curtis' suicide a few years later. His voice is one of wonder, Peter Hook's bass is instantly identifiable, and the drumming is crisp. Don't want to seem uncool, but there's a similiarity that Van Halen has with the drum sound on "All Fired Up" on the OU812 album, very crisp, yet somehow dull? It's hard to describe, you have to hear it. Don't listen to people who call this album depressing! I was an advocate of that view for a while, without even hearing properly their full sound: I was wrong. This is a magnificent album, and truly one of the greatest of the past quarter century.
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Format: Audio CD
...with the late, sadly lamented Ian Curtis droning "We were
strangers" over and over again to the backdrop of breaking
glass. Quite possibly the MOST influential disc (see ZEN
ARCADE) ever recorded by the most revered band of all time.
Let's face it kids...Joy Division meant it. Period. If you
can take just one album/CD/cassette to the "afterlife"...well...
I know you've heard it before. This is THE band that would
be blowing up arenas/stadiums if Old Ian didn't hold his own
private necktie party. One of the most manic, possessed frontmen this planet has ever seen with a singing voice that
can be both lustrous and harrowing at the same time, who gave
it all up when he got dumped. IAN!!! As Mr. Costello so aptly
put it in "Accidents can Happen"-"There are so many fish in the
sea..." God! There had to be a better way.
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Format: Audio CD
"Unknown Pleasures" has proven to be something of a milestone in the world of rock music (much like it's successor, "Closer"). This album first introduced me to Joy Division some several many years ago, and I still distinctly remember my reaction to it. I had heard other bands who had been influenced by Joy Division, but I had never heard the real thing. The band has an incredible rythmic flow and togetherness, no matter what they're playing, and Curtis's voice is unlike any other, full and rich, urgent. The social commentary in the lyrics proves to be the lesser aspects of the album, but does give it even more substance, making that much more important. "Unknown Pleasures" is recommended to fans of post-punk, but anyone is welcome to listen.
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By SRS on Feb. 17 2004
Format: Audio CD
This record is underproduced (New Dawn Fades, Shadowplay), and overproduced (She's Lost Control). It has an unfinished rawness that may appeal to some, but I think songs like New Dawn Fades are diamonds in the rough. She's Lost Control, with its mediocre mix, is greatly inferior to the Substance version, although that version wouldn't fit on the record.
Closer, since it's the greatest "rock" album I've heard, makes this one seem regrettable. Songs like Wilderness and Interzone just aren't on the same level.
This is a great record (it certainly was unique when it was released), when compared to most of the dross in the music industry, but Closer towers over it.
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