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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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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I was not a big fan of Joy Division until I watched the movie Control. It took awhile before the songs started to catch on. Read morePublished on June 17 2008 by Wariner
I have become pretty obsessed with music in the past few years. I visit music forums and discover new bands daily. I buy CDs all the time and it isn't slowing down. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Evan McDermott
Joy Division are one of those bands that will always stay with me. Even though I was rather young when they were actually playing together, I discovered them quite early on in my... Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Cary S. Whitt
I think it is a great place to start if you are just getting into Joy Division's music. This disc features 17 great songs my personal favorites are Leaders of men Digital... Read morePublished on Dec 26 2003 by Jimbo Jones
I really liked New Order, so I thought their former assemblage would be a similarly dancable group. I was devastated when the songs on this CD were so dark, brooding, and... Read morePublished on Dec 18 2003 by joey
It's interesting that an album comprised of leftovers, singles and b-sides has enough strong material on it for it to be considered almost as, if not as strong as the other two... Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003 by Mark
Yes, indeed, there are actually three JD albums that any record collection should have, because you just can't pin the band's music down and get the full retrospective of the group... Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2003
This CD contains many of Joy Divisions best songs spanning their unfortunetly short career. Absolutely a must have album for new Joy Division fans.Published on Aug. 14 2003 by Rhys Flanders