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Unknown Pleasures Import

4.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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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 17 customer reviews
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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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2007 Digitally Remastered and Expanded Edition of the Legendary Manchester Band's Debut Album that is Regarded by Millions as One of the Most Important Recordings of the Post-punk Era around the Turn of 1970's Into the 80's. This Special Reissue Adds a Bonus CD of a Live Recording of a Gig at the Factory Club on April 11, 1980. The Set List that Night Included Several Songs that were Available Only as Singles ("Novelty", "Transmission") as Well a Song that Would Be Part of the Group's Second and Final Album ("Atrocity Exhibition") and Other Pieces that were Regular Parts of their Live Show.


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Format: Audio CD
I won't say this is their finest hour. In fact, I haven't got a clue as to which one of their three essential releases is their zenith. There might not be a instant hit like "Love Will Tear Us Apart" here, but while listening to this album, you just don't care. This is the sort of album that grabs your attention immediately whiel at the same time being multi-layered. It demands your attention. The album opens with what is my favorite Joy Division song, "Disorder", which is actually a surprisingly upbeat song. The rest of the material seems to balance between more energetic tracks and 'Closer-ish', more desperate moods. A true classic.
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This is an awesome work of power that, in one fell swoop, obliterated the shallow disco glam and stupidity of the 1970's. This is one of THOSE albums- it took EVERYTHING a step further and nothing would ever be the same. Unbelievably talented musicians writing songs of sparse economy (never too much where it is not needed) with breathtaking production. This is one of my favorite albums of all time, despite some of the lyrics being suggestive (disorder). "Day of the Lords" is one of the best doom songs EVER. "where will it end??!"
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It doesn't get any better than Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures. It really is a perfect record. From song to song the album never slips up and each song expresses intensity that is unmatched by basically any band. This album just has the best combination of drum, guitar, bass, synth, and vocal you will ever hear. The producer did a perfect job with the production and to call this album anything less than essential is just wrong. Buy it and you won't regret it.
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By ryan on June 26 2004
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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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. Transmission is not included, even though it was their first proper single, which is crazy. However, Disorder, New Dawn Fades, She's Lost Control, and Shadow Play are included and they are just perfect songs. However, I do prefer the live versions of all of the songs here, because on Unknown Pleasures, all of the songs sound like they have been recorded from a mile away, so everything is really quiet and toned down, whereas Joy Division always seemed to excel in their ability to engage the listener with their mania.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
This is a must have for any serious Joy Division, New Order, Revenge, Monaco, or Other Two Fans.
Take it along for those moon lit drives.
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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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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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