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Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division Audio CD
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Deux ans après leurs débuts et faisant suite à une tentative avortée en 1978, Unknown Pleasures (1979) constitue le premier véritable album de Joy Division. Une œuvre de l'ère glacière qui fait honneur au nom initialement choisi par le groupe (Warsaw) d'après le "Warszawa" de David Bowie sur Low, le premier volume de sa trilogie berlinoise. Les origines punk et les guitares aux angles aigus sont maintenant amorties dans des climats obsessionnels à base de rythmiques en apesanteur, d'électronique minimaliste et des lignes de basse monumentales de Peter Hook. Tous ces éléments, dont l'agencement et le fort particularisme doivent beaucoup au producteur Martin Hannett, semblent ne servir qu'un but : offrir la résonance nécessaire aux psaumes désespérés de Ian Curtis, qui achèvent de donner son intensité extrême à ce disque remarquable en tous points. À la fois désincarnée et pourtant incroyablement habitée, la musique de Joy Division avance ici des arguments parmi ses plus pertinents, comme le trio médian composé de "New Dawn Fades", "She's Lost Control" et "Shadowplay". Incontournable, comme le reste de leur discographie… --Fabrice Privé

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Out of print in the U.S. UK standard single disc pressing of the 1979 debut album from the moody Manchester quartet. 10 tracks including 'Shadowplay', 'She's Lost Control' and more. London Records.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Music so real it rips out your heart April 6 2014
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I remember the first time I heard this album. A friend at school gave me the tape in 1979 and I played it that night. I have to admit that only a few songs grabbed me on the first listen. Some were too slow and dreary to excite me in the way that most of my favorite music did. However, repeat listens enabled me to see the beauty in this majestic music.

Most new bands at the end of the 70s were young and enthusiastic, and it was more about the style and delivery than the content. Joy Division did not fall into that category. If you have ever seen Anton Corbijn's movie, Control, you'll understand what Ian Curtis went through. He was a young man, in love with two women, trying to come to terms with epilepsy. Like most of my favorite vocalists, he had his limitations.

What separated Joy Division from the pack was the passion. Curtis lived and breathed those songs. His delivery was real in the true sense of the word. You'll never see a singer mean it like Curtis if you only watch American Idol or The Voice.

Joy Division were more than just one man though. The music had a depth to it, with each component a vital part of the sound. Peter Hook's bass was extremely prominent. Sumner's lead guitar dominated a few tracks, while the drums ranged from driving to sparse, with Morris adding to the desolation when appropriate. Insight, New Dawn Fades, and She's Lost Control formed the heart of the album. The ever-present bass added weight to the sound, and it's incredible how much beauty was present. Listen to the slow burn of New Dawn Fades and you'll begin to understand Joy Division. If I had to pick a favorite track, it would probably be Shadowplay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars control Jan. 19 2014
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I`d heard of Joy Division,but never listened to the music,till I saw the documentary Control.The movie was so good ,I couldn`t wait to have the CD. Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars Aug. 13 2013
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
This is a 5-star review template. The product rated is worth 5 stars, and no explanation is required or helpful. If you like Joy Division, you probably already have this. If not, check out Joy Division, starting with this album. It's no better or worse on vinyl.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not really unreleased material Oct. 29 2007
Format:Audio CD
BEWARE! If you already own the Heart and Soul box set, then you already own all but 2 of the tracks on this 2 CD set, since Unknown Pleasures is included in its entirety on the box set, and the first 10 tracks on Disc 4 are 10 of the 12 tracks on the bonus live CD. The 2 tracks not on the box set are Shadowplay (in fact previously unreleased from this gig), and Transmission, previously available on the 1988 Atmosphere CD single and on one of the 1995 Love Will Tear Us Apart CD singles. Still a good gig. Actual date and location were The Factory, Hulme, Manchester, July 13, 1979.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Album Of Despair and Lost Love That Isn't Emo July 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is an emotionally draining album, straight from the broken, depressed mind of Ian Curtis, who on another note looks a bit like Elijah Wood. Most people already know the tale of Joy Division and Ian Curtis, a band whose singer suffered epileptic fits regularly on stage and at the age of twenty-five took his own life. Now I'm not one to give a band better letter grades because their singer died tragically, I hate Sublime, Drowning Pool, and am not too fond of INXS. Listening to this album it's not at all a surprise that Curtis killed himself, the album is dark and devoid of almost any hope. But let's not focus on Curtis, but the band as a whole. The sound of Bernard Sumner's guitar is stripped down to a skeleton, brittle and unpolished. Peter Hook's booming bass would later become a staple in post-punk and new waveish bands for years to come, and Stephen Morris's drums are loud and slow, pacing the music. Ian Curtis is still the star of the show though, and is a very engaging frontman, his droning, broken voice demands your attention.
Let's get down to what matters though, the tunes. The opener Disorder is an excellent opener, and ends with Curtis screaming "I've got the spirit, but I'm losing feeling" and it really gets the blood pumping. There is not a sucker in the bunch though, and every song is excellent, of course some moreso than others. Insight is particularly noteworthy, as is She's Lost Control which may or may not be about Curtis's epilepsy. If you're looking for lots of synths in this album ala New Order, you may be a bit disappointed as the music is alot rougher. The lyrics are excellent but I'm not going to comment on them much. Whether Unknown Pleasures or Closer is better I'm not sure, because their both almost flawless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome June 26 2004
By ryan
Format:Audio CD
JD's debut Unknown Pleasures is an extremely strong debut, an essential record. Each song is full of Ian Curtis' emotional power and all songs on here is written through human emotion, no fakes here. Great record, I suggest it. The sophomore album (and last album) Closer is amazing as well. But I think Unknown Pleasures is better, just by a little.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock expressionism May 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is rock's equivalent of a Francis Bacon painting. It's a majestic, creepy, abstract masterpiece, as terrifying and sad today as it was twenty-five years ago.
All of the tracks are brilliant, and most of them have been praised here, so I won't go through a long track-by-track summary. However, the three "crown jewels" of the album--Insight, New Dawn Fades, and She's Lost Control are definitely worth mentioning. In my opinion, they are the three most brilliant consecutive tracks in any pop album.
"Insight," with its supremely minimalist guitar-and-bass line, weird computer beeps, and hollow vocals, is the epitome of computerized horror. If nuclear holocaust had a musical equivalent, this would be it--dispassionate, depressed vocals which build to a crescendo of synthesized fury. I realize that the previous sentence sounds incredibly pretentious, but it's really a testament to this band that such abstract accolades are actually apt.
"New Dawn Fades," by contrast, is almost an operatic aria. Ian Curtis was sometimes described as being cold and unfeeling, but you would never know it from hearing this song, in which he seems to have a complete emotional breakdown by the last stanza. He's one of those rare singers who seems to become more beautiful as he becomes uglier.
"She's Lost Control" is thought by some to have been better in its single, and while I agree that that version was more, well, "danceable," the album version has much more emotional weight. Part of my reason for preferring this incarnation is its bizarre combination of styles--it has a Kraftwerk-style beat which is overlaid with grunge rock guitars. It's such a perfect combination of mechanical order and chaos.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Debut album by hugely influential band
Not as good as Closer due to the production and weakness of the songs included. It sounds really stunted and nowhere near as emotionally engaging as Closer. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by Mr Stuart A Woolgar
5.0 out of 5 stars the guitarist..
ok first of all i wanna say that it seems like the guitarist is completetely UNDERRATED. i just got this cd a few weeks ago but im starting to listen to it more now and one of the... Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by caitlin
5.0 out of 5 stars The first of two landmark albums
"Unknown Pleasures" has proven to be something of a milestone in the world of rock music (much like it's successor, "Closer"). Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by "poormansprophet"
5.0 out of 5 stars Where will it end...WHERE WILL IT END?
...with the late, sadly lamented Ian Curtis droning "We were
strangers" over and over again to the backdrop of breaking
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Published on March 18 2004 by Thomas A. Corpino
4.0 out of 5 stars Inferior to Closer
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2004 by SRS
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