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1994 reissue of compilation of 1977 recordings by Warsaw, an early moniker for the Mancunian act Joy Division. Although the band's more famous moniker was not yet in place, their intensity and mystery was. From Peter Hook's bass and Bernard Sumner's guitar to Ian Curtis' haunting vocals, this collection is a candid audio view of a band just about ready to explode. This pressing features 17 raw, but respectable cuts, including five bonus tracks, 'Inside The Line', 'At A Later Date', 'Guts', 'The Kill' and 'You're No Good For Me'. Others include 'Failures', 'Leaders Of Men', 'They Walked Inline', 'Novelty', 'No Love Lost', 'Transmission', 'Living In The Ice Age', 'Interzone', 'Warsaw' and 'Shadowplay'.
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The final five songs constitute the band's earliest demo, from July 1977. At that point they were called Warsaw, and you can hardly perceive Joy Division in the breakneck punk frenzy. Interesting evidence of how quickly the band evolved, but little more.
Five months later, the band (now nearly called Joy Division) recorded the excellent e.p. "An Ideal for Living," which is included in full on "Heart and Soul" and "Substance." In May 1978, they did sessions for a planned RCA album, which never saw release. This "Warsaw" cd includes those sessions in full. To my knowledge, only three (of the total eleven) recordings from these sessions have been released officially (see above). Because all four songs from the "Ideal for Living" e.p. are rerecorded here (in, I think, inferior versions), that puts the burden of value of this cd on a mere four remaining songs.
And they're pretty damn cool: a crisp (vocals all intelligible) "Walked in a Line," a slower "Transmission," a fiestier "Novelty," and a solid "Ice Age." The well-known recordings of these songs date from a year to two years later, so these are quite distinctive. If you're a fanatic, you want everything on this cd. If you're simply a big fan, these four tracks are worth checking out.
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This was an interesting release as it is the first recordings that Joy Division did under the name Warsaw before changing their name to Joy Division. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2003 by Jimbo Jones
Man, I hate to give this four stars instead of five. But I'm much more attuned to the Gothic aspects that surround Joy Division. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2002 by Michael Vincent