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  • Audio CD (Feb. 15 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: London Records
  • ASIN: B000042O1H
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,558 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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By tom anguish on 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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By Stephanie on July 16 2015
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Was a gift, received on time, person loved it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 6 2014
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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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By caitlin on May 2 2004
Format: Audio CD
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 first things i noticed is the guitar player. im a guitar player myself and although im only a beginner i know a good guitarist when i hear one. the stuff he plays on this cd is amazing. theres no other word for it. ive never heard anything like it..but it seems like not to many other people think hes all that good. i dont know really since i just started getting into joy division and all but thats one of the things i wanted to point out. besides that every song on here is good and the bass is also outstanding i would like to add. theres nothing bad about any of the songs. but my favorite song out of them all is number 5 because of the emotion Ian has in his voice is completely incredible and when his voice gets high close to the end it gives me goosebumps. and also the guitar in this song is also my favorite on the whole cd. and thats about all. if your a guitar player starting out and like relatively simple but awesome sounding riffs then i suggest getting this cd and that alone is a good enough reason to get this cd but theres so much more that the cd has to offer. R.I.P IAN CURTIS
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Evokes the truth; evokes the darkness of the night. A masterpiece. July 18 2009
By Shlomo Sinatra - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know where to start on here, with such an album, which will take you places no other album I know of can possibly do, the way it sounds. It will tap into your darkness and POSSIBLY clarify it; Joy Division before this had made one superb album which was never released, the "Warsaw" LP; after this they would do the highly overrated Closer album; this is their pinnacle.

It's a shame that no lyrics come with this CD: "I've been waiting for a guide to come and take me by the hand" "there's no room for the weak...where will it end?" "I remember, when we were young" "I try to get to you, you treat me like this"

None of these lyrics, as great as they are, do justice on paper; they need to be heard when matched up with the incredible, atmospheric music and its absolutely superb production.

Ian Curtis' voice never sounded better to me than on Day Of The Lords, although his yearning forlorn voice on Insight is wonderful (not afraid anymore? he sounds very afraid)

This album is a trip into the darkness, of depression, of rejection, despair, and other feelings which may make more straight-forward rock-oriented fans of music dismiss it without even listening, but I am one of those mostly-rock fans primarily, and absolutely love this album; overall I do prefer side A to side B (which I think was labeled Inside and Outside on my old vinyl, hard to remember).

I recommend this highly as I can, and then would say get the MP3s of Warsaw, that's more straight-ahead "punk", sort of. (Some great songs on there are All Of This For You, They Walked In Line, and Ice Age; the version of Ice Age on Still cannnot even come close or compare)
Atmosphere and Dead Souls are two songs I need to get again, and probably will very soon!

Everything everybody is saying about the greatness of this album is true;
it's incredible.

It helps you get in touch with your repressed sad feelings, and for this sole reason I am not too sure how I would recommend it for anyone dangerously depressed already; they'd be better off with some early Stiff Little Fingers or something else to give them hope, which may not necessarily be found on here.

Nevertheless, a totally SUPERB album; a masterpiece.

Oh yeah --and I HATE Goth. This album is not "goth", it in fact really defies classification, I feel. Except as an enduring, timeless masterpiece.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Listen....if you dare March 2 2010
By foghorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I won't bother heaping more praise on one of the most influential, important and evocative albums of all time, there are plenty of good reviews here that have done it already. Nor will I review "songs"....one just need listen. My only criticism is, why, even among Joy Division fans, does there seem to be this continual argument of "Which is better"?....Closer or Unknown Pleasures. Why does one have to be "better" than the other? Or deserve more praise? If Closer was Ian Curtis's personal suicide note set to music, then Unknown Pleasures was his prologue of ideas and thoughts describing the hopelessness and despair of a post-industrial landscape, the inhumanities inherent in life itself ("She's Lost Control", purportedly written about a female patient with epileptic-type symptoms Curtis had worked with, and ironically, a disease that later he would suffer from himself), and undoubtedly his own personal demons which were just beginning to surface and become visible to others. Both albums are masterpieces in their own right.

I can't think of another "1st album" by any other band that transcended both music and art, and dared venture into the frightening world of honest self-introspection and emotional torment, the way Unknown Pleasures did. Brooding, dark, mechanical, full of emotion yet emotionless, spacious, and depressing, yes.....but also, in a strange sort of way....uplifting, and certainly beautiful. This is something that can't be described, or even probably understood, it can only be.....felt. Not all will. Unknown Pleasures has been one of my favorite albums for nearly 30 years. It was ahead of it's time then, and still is. Joy Division was one of those rare bands where the whole was greater then the sum of the parts. The tragic death of Ian Curtis ended what was Joy Division, we will never know what "might have been", but history cannot be re-written. It can however, still be enjoyed and appreciated. Unknown Pleasures is a piece of history that should not be missed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Joy of Unknown Pleasures March 8 2014
By Russell - Published on Amazon.com
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This album didn't just spawn a bunch of groovy tee shirts. It was anthem for an entire generation. Every song is a masterpiece and captures the weltanschauung of a by-gone era: darkness, cynicism, romantic despair, addiction, sexual angst, all of it is dealt with in this seminal work from 1979. (I graduated from high school in 1980, just to put this into context.) The impact of this album/cd on the music of the Eighties (punk, goth, alternative) cannot be over-rated. If you are into that era, then you MUST own this collection
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Music so real it rips out your heart April 6 2014
By Steven Aldersley - Published on Amazon.com
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.

The album begins with Disorder, which gives you a good idea of the importance of each instrument as they are gradually introduced to the mix. These guys could really play. Day of the Lords sounds sinister and ominous, but there is so much feeling. Candidate is a good example of a song that sounds too desolate to be enjoyable, but it becomes meaningful and almost uplifting once you know it well enough.

If you missed seeing Joy Division more than 30 years ago, it's worth checking out Peter Hook and the Light if they are playing Unknown Pleasures or Closer in your town. The sound is surprisingly close to the original.

Unknown Pleasures is a must-own album, but is too difficult for the casual listener. I would recommend the Heart and Soul box set, which includes all of the albums and singles, plus the Warsaw tracks. The fourth live disc seems to have been recorded at the wrong speed, but the first three discs capture Joy Division brilliantly. It might take a little time, but it's worth getting to know the music of Joy Division. The potential rewards are huge.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Hidden classic March 29 2014
By Michael Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
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In a word, this disc kicks ass. The band's deep, heavy sound is incredible and comes across as very contemporary even though the album was released in 1979. Usually a band's first record contains definable influences, echoes of groups that contributed to its musical point of view. 'Unknown Pleasures' shows its influencees, bands that took part of what they became from Joy Division. You can hear fleeting aural glimpses of dozens of modern bands throughout and songs like 'Disorder,' 'Day of the Lords' and 'Shadowplay' can't be played loud enough. A landmark release from a musical and technical standpoint.


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