Nuggets: Blue’s Theme by Davie Allan & the Arrows. His suicide before the album’s release has only enhanced its reputation as a significant record. After New Order released their own Substance compilation in 1987, it was perhaps inevitable that a similar and long-overdue collection would apply to Joy Division, especially given the out-of-print status of many of the band's singles. Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2014, best album of all time. Review Summary: Substance is a perfect snapshot of the many directions of Joy Division, as well as a record of damn good songs. And rightly so, up to a point. So basically chronologically. Complete your Joy Division collection. The other sides sound okay, pressing-wise, but I agree with other comments here that it sounds (and looks on Audacity) to have been mastered from a cd. Unknown Pleasures is a classic even if the still learning band were overwhelmed by Hannent's famous production.
You can tell. As soon as their career trajectory allowed, he says, New Order behaved like “pigs at a trough”. Love Will Tear Us Apart –1990s “But then afterwards ... you’d happily slit your own throat.” At times, Substance – the book’s title is surely an unsubtle druggy pun as well as a claim to definitiveness – becomes as debauched as the notorious biography of the 70s rock decadents Led Zeppelin, Hammer of the Gods. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. As a collection, it’s less consistent in tone and in quality than their studio albums, but it contains some of their most notable tracks. 1987, 7.5/10 If you are thinking of buying, go for it... not dissapointed in the least. Change ), Album Reviews Hook tells the story of this stop-start transformation well. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Send us a tip using our anonymous form. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. But New Order were blotting something out as well as enjoying themselves. The alternate mix of She’s Lost Control is a stand-out on this. The music seemed equally forbidding: long, circling, incremental songs, with a small-voiced singer trudging across great expanses of bass and drums.
Found the remasters to be too prestine and not gritty enough like the old CD masters. Released in June 1988 on Factory (catalog no. great arterntive band . It's aight. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. It’s emotionally unsettling, but Closer is a surprisingly gorgeous album, successfully fusing beauty to Joy Division’s omnipresent intensity. Producer Martin Hannett was instrumental in shaping them, drenching them in reverb and bringing out the most chilling aspects of their sound, creating post-punk masterpieces. Phone orders min p&p of £1.99. Angel Olsen Stephen Morris’ drums were machine-like and efficient, while Ian Curtis was most arresting of all, with his doom-laden, chilling lyrics and vocals.

‘The Eternal’ is punctuated by a simple piano figure, while ‘Decades’ is anchored by Hook’s lead bass lines, but both are melodic and stately. Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2007 Joy Division's 'Substance' compilation is honestly no better for beginners than 'Unknown Pleasures' or 'Closer'. Genres: Post-Punk. Album Rating: 5.0I think the progression of buying should go; Atmosphere New Order’s singer and guitarist Bernard Sumner, in particular, is “a twat” on one page, keenly appreciated on the next: “The struggle in Bernard’s voice was a major part of the band’s appeal.” As New Order matured, there was an ongoing battle between Sumner, who wanted to make them more polished and electronic, and Hook, whose booming, melancholy bass-playing was a rawer, more analogue presence, a vestige of Joy Division’s intensity. Still, if you're a Joy Division fan like me, make sure to add this cd to your collection. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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In Life, Joy Division Singer Ian Curtis was only one of thousands of young Britons whose lives were transformed by punk, who found in the music’s corrosive simplicity an ideal vehicle for self-expression and instant physical release. An exemplary remaster and pressing. Has 2 "dunce cone" inner jackets for the lp's themselves included. The Eternal Joy Division were one of several prominent bands who were inspired by the Sex Pistols’ famous 1976 gig in Manchester – members of The Buzzcocks, The Fall, The Smiths, and Simply Red were reportedly also in attendance. Then the band began adapting their music to make up for Curtis’s absence. everyone needs "she's lost control" followed by "incubation". But the brooding intensity of Curtis’s lyrics and the strange power of his singing became the stuff of legend with his tragic suicide in 1980. "Dead Souls" and "She's Lost Control" are ace, though. All the members show their distinctive styles; opener ‘Disorder’ showcases Stephen Morris’ robotic drumming, guitarist Bernard Sumner utilises a synthesizer of the foreboding closer ‘I Remember Nothing’, and Hook’s bass is the lead instrument. After Curtis’ death, the group promoted Sumner to lead vocalist, bought in Morris’ girlfriend Gillian Gilbert as keyboard player, and re-branded as New Order. Other awful, premature losses have punctuated the band’s long existence: the unhealthy Gretton died in 1999; Martin Hannett, the equally obsessive and brilliant producer of New Order’s first releases and of Joy Division, died in 1991. But he did give his all.