Unknown Pleasures (Coll.ed.) Collector's Edition
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2007 digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of the influential Manchester quartet's 1979 debut album. Joy Division's influence on modern music is not only based around the band's unique sound, but also their vision, their personalities and their intense and troubled vocalist, Ian Curtis who committed suicide on the eve of their first tour of the U.S. Disc One features the original album containing 10 tracks including 'Disorder', 'She's Lost Control' and 'Interzone'. Disc Two features 12 tracks recorded live at The Factory in Manchester, April of 1980. Rhino.
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Some of the songs on here are just crap really. I mean Interzone and I Remember Nothing do nothing but make me want to skip them as soon as possible and go back to Disorder. I personally think they were best when playing short, sharp, bleak 'pop' songs with the best lyrics ever written. I think I Remember Nothing and Autosuggestion (not on this album) are too similar to Velvet Underground ramblings really to be any good. But if you like that sort of thing they could be for you.
Enough of the negatives. New Dawn Fades is the ultimate existential song of all time: 'Directionless, so plain to see, a loaded gun won't set you free, so you say'. No one toys with the idea of suicide in such a devastatingly bleak and serious manner. It really sends shivers down your spine. She's Lost Control is so sparse and hypnotic, it feels like you are the one having the epileptic fit. Shadow Play has wonderful images of 'assassins all grouped in four lines dancing on the floor'. Very manic and out of control. Wilderness shows the same profound sadness through the eyes of victims throughout history. Not as good as Closer, but in comparison to all of the vile wannabe bands out there today, it tears them into to little shreds and spits them out.
Take it along for those moon lit drives.
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.Read more ›
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There is nothing I can say about this record that hasn't been said a million times before and much more eloquently.Published on June 30 2014 by P. MacKenzie
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2013 by PickyPicky
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. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by Tony Moore
"Unknown Pleasures" has proven to be something of a milestone in the world of rock music (much like it's successor, "Closer"). Read morePublished on April 15 2004
...with the late, sadly lamented Ian Curtis droning "We were
strangers" over and over again to the backdrop of breaking
glass. Read more
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 morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by SRS
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... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by Electric Birdbath