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Warsaw Best of

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  • Audio CD (March 27 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: MPG
  • ASIN: B0000075Z9
  • In-Print Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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I haven't actully heard this version, but I have the original bootleg mentioned in the Amazon critics review that this came off. My records have been in storage for 8 years so I just heard the officially released compilation 'STILL' and the bootleg after about nine years. My first reaction is to blame Martin Hanett who on STILL absolutely smothers the original takes in wash-over and wash-out production. Frankly, when you consider this was first recorded in 1977, anyone familiar with that era should realise Warsaw's demos were already far superior to 99 percent of official releases that year, both in concept and in delivery. I put it in the same category as Televison's Marquee Moon in terms of blowing me away from the first listen, and now I am in my late 40's I find that a lot of the Punk and New Wave stuff sounds dated now, but not this. Since I am writing this, I may as well throw in that I have also found the first SImple Minds ALbum (Reel to Reel Cacophony) another which has stood the test of time and should by rights be remembered as their best record. If this Warsaw album is as good as the bootleg I have, any self respecting JD fan (who doesn't already have the original) should rush out and get this.
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This is a bootleg, rather than a band-sanctioned official release. Three of these songs also appear on the "Heart and Soul" boxed set (The Drawback, Shadowplay, Interzone), and the sound quality is notably better there than here. However, the sound quality of this bootleg is really pretty good; you can enjoy the music unimpeded. There is, however, apparently a pristine sounding German bootleg out there somewhere.
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 is a strange record with many confusing aspects to it. Its Joy Divisions first time in a recording studio with an album which never appeared. Some of the best tracks were re-recorded for the infinitely superior Unknown Pleasure. Here the sound is more primitive (badly produced and mixed) and hasnt shaken off its sex pistol inspred roots to form the new kind of music which Joy Division pioneered. Some of this tracks were relesed on An Ideal For Living EP, which appear on the Heart + Soul boxset. Some also appears on Substance. But this is the complete set. But for the life of me I don't know why they tout it as Warsaw. It must be some obscure legal reason, as when they went into the studio they were already called Joy Division. Only the bonus demos are really Warsaw songs, and a very intereseting glimpse into how the band started out (rubbish but enthusiastic- so YOU too could end up being great, just keep practicing) A good historical document then. But another confusion arises over the inclusion of a pulsinf piece of electronica from the CLOSER sessions. As You Said. Not only is this not WARSAW in era or name it also sticks out like a saw thumb, like putting a New Order song on a Sex Pistols record. But we'll forgive the makers for giving an official release to a fans favourite bootleg...
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