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Substance Best of, Import

4.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 25 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Import
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002LEU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
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1. Warsaw
2. Leaders Of Men
3. Digital
4. Autosuggestion
5. Transmission
6. She's Lost Control
7. Incubation
8. Dead Souls
9. Atmosphere
10. Love Will Tear Us Apart
11. No Love Lost
12. Failures
13. Glass
14. From Safety To Where
15. Novelty
16. Komakino
17. These Days

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À ne pas confondre avec la compilation du même nom qui concerne New Order, le Substance de Joy Division partage néanmoins avec son successeur le même goût pour l'exhumation de raretés en tout genre. Indispensable, même pour ceux qui possèdent les albums studio, cet objet fait clairement honneur à la démarche compilatoire puisque ne sont présents que des titres (ou des versions) hors albums. On retrouve ainsi le premier EP du groupe, des morceaux parus sur différentes compilations, les singles et leurs face B sans qu'il n'y ait à aucun moment une perte de… substance, justement. Loin s'en faut, et c'est sans doute la marque des plus grands que de pouvoir aligner en toutes circonstances des titres aussi percutants. Cette collection montre également à merveille la rapide mutation du groupe depuis ses débuts punk en 1977 ("Failures") jusqu'aux prémices de New Order en 1980 ("Love Will Tear Us Apart") en passant par l'affirmation d'un son nouveau, climatique et claustrophobique ("Transmission"). Un parcours passionnant, riche et tourmenté, sur lequel la présente compilation braque une lumière belle et crue. --Fabrice Privé --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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Format: Audio CD
When a singer takes one's life right when things were beginning to erupt for both the singer and the band, there is sure to be alot of leftover tunes that will be compiled for an album to make lots of money off the free publicity. What is surprising is when one of these 'unreleased material' albums have some of the band's biggest and greatest songs. Throughout Substance you'll notice alot of more unpolished, punkish material compared to their two studio albums. Substance throws in their first album they recorded with the moniker Warsaw, and back then they were pretty much an above average punk band. But the songs they put on here are something, "Warsaw" and "Digital" are rollicking songs that work mostly due to Ian Curtis's backpack full of charisma, kind of like Johnny Rotten and how he saved The Sex Pistols from being a middling punk band or should I saw almost saved. Yeah, you can tell that their influenced by the Sex Pistols and all those other British punk bands. But like I said, Ian Curtis's performance and Peter Hook's bass make these songs great on their own.
Actually the weak points of the album come from the songs that are more similar to the stuff on their albums. Songs like "Autosuggestion" drag because you can tell that the band hasn't yet perfected their song, and it's still a work in progress.
However, the album has the two greatest Joy Division songs ever written, "Atmosphere" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart" the insanely popular British song. Other slip ups on the album include "Novelty" and "Komakino" probably because they are very similar to previous songs on the album except not as good. It was a great idea to end the song with "These Days" which is both a great song and a perfect closer. I'd say if you want a good introduction to Joy Division go with Unknown Pleasures.
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The only reason that I'm not giving this album 5 stars is that, despite loving JD with a passion, I've always had somewhat mixed feelings about their singles.
The songs themselves are flat-out great, of course. But Hannett's production always worked better when he pared things down rather than expanding them (hence the genius of the minimalist Unknown Pleasures).
A classic illustration of this is Atmosphere. On the Heart and Soul collection, there's a haunting early version of the song featuring what sounds to be a simple organ line in the background (it might have been a synth, but it sounds like an organ). Simple, sad and beautiful. Hannett's single, however, features many layers of synth strings that make a song of bitter disillutionment overly sentimental.
Ditto for the dance version of She's Lost Control. I admit that this version works alot better in a pub, but it doesn't compare with menacing proto-grunge guitar of the album recording.
Of course, these are the greatest rock songs ever written, so take what I've said with a grain of salt.
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When I was a little girl, my Dad would always listen to Joy Division. At the time I was kind of freaked out and I really did not enjoy the music. As I grew older I appreciated the music more and more. The best music evokes memories, be it painful or wonderful. Whenever I hear "She's Lost Control" I am always reminded of one of my close friends and her problems. However the creme de la creme of my Joy Division experience will always be "Love Will Tear Us Apart." As a small child I had no idea how love could tear someone apart and as I grew older, and experienced love for the first time, I finally understood what Ian Curtis was trying to say. What I love about the song was that it could be sung by a man or a woman and have the same emotional power. As a writer I find it interesting how different writing styles between the sexes is so apparent. However the song is so raw and heartfelt I can never listen to it without crying. This review is very biased towards my childhood but I would highly recommend this CD to people who are looking for raw emotion and powerful lyrics.
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Joy Division were certainly an unique band and that's well proven by their place as one of modern music's most respected myths.Their whole sound was groundbreaking setting the template for brooding post punkers.Though their roots were firmly set in punk they developed a more complex palette of soundscapes going from abrasive punk to icy,emotionless rock without hesitating.This collection brings together their singles,some B-sides and a few otherwise unavailable rarities(Warsaw,Novelty).
There's no doubt that here lie some of rock's cast iron classics.
"Transmission"and its unflagging energy will induce generations to come into springing from their seats and follow the song's suggestion"Dance,dance,dance to the Radio".
"She's Lost Control"will forever remain the ultimate song about insanity,featuring Ian Curtis as the unequalled voice of Despair;the hypnotic mantra and a riff which let alone could haunt one for months all contribute to form a gem of sheer bleakness.
The rage towards routine of"Digital"("Day in Day out"repeated ad infinitum in an increasingly enraged manner)is as justifiable and current as ever.
"Atmosphere"is one of those songs that once listened to,it'll walk by your side for the rest of your life,the plead"Don't Walk Away in Silence"couldn't be more poignant and the occasional drop of light in the shimmering background still hint at hope.In Michael Winterbottom's "24Hour Party People" "Atmosphere"is used(with an impressive result)to punctuate a scene briefly after Ian's suicide resulting in the film's top scene and emotional centre.
"Glass" could have been used as soundtrack to an horror movie.
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