Sunday, May 29, 2011

J0y Divisi0n- CLos3r (1980) Collector's Edition (Bonus Disc) / Love Will Tear Us Apart EP (1995) MP3 & FLAC

"This is the crisis I knew had to come, destroying the balance I'd kept."

Given their status as the artistic summit of the Post-Punk era, it's hard to believe Joy Division only released two official studio albums during their existence. Whereas their first album, Unknown Pleasures, was nothing less than a paradigm shift in the sense that it left behind Punk's aggressive agit ethos for a darker, moodier, and more complex sound and, in the process, played a central role in the rise of Post-Punk, the band's follow up, Closer, has had a more complicated history, for while it has been rightly hailed as Joy Division's artistic masterpiece, the album also holds the distinction of having been released soon after Ian Curtis' suicide on the eve of the band's first U.S. tour. As a result, many view the album's lyrical content as something of a suicide note, a position that makes it nearly impossible to judge Closer solely on its own terms. Without a doubt, Closer is an emotionally dark and ravaged album, and Curtis' lyrics are often suggestive of the struggles he was going through, including a crumbling marriage and worsening epileptic seizures; however, Closer is also an artistic triumph for the band as a whole, managing to build on all the innovations of the first album while pushing the gloom and claustrophobia in even more starkly beautiful directions. The non-album single preceding the release of Closer, "Love Will Tear Us Apart," a song that has since been absorbed (though thankfully not yet co-opted) by the cultural mainstream, is a precursor to the pop-oriented direction the band would eventually take after reforming as New Order. Despite its pop-song trappings, lyrically, it is undoubtedly one of the bleakest love songs ever penned, and with Peter Hook's weeping bass-lines and Curtis' vocals, which sound as though they are emanating from the depths of a well, it is more than worthy of its iconic status. The album itself throws off all pop pretense on songs such as "Twenty-Four Hours," a devastatingly brilliant meditation on a soul descending into inconsolable darkness and " Heart and Soul," a slow-burner with a deceptively simple arrangement that finds Curtis stepping back from personal agony to take a wider (though no less dark) look at the human condition. Closer was destined to be Joy Division's swan-song, but listening to it some 30 years later, it is hard to imagine how they could have ever recorded a more perfect distillation of their unparalleled sound.

Closer (2007 Collector's Edition)

Disc I: Closer (2007 Remaster)
1. Atrocity Exhibition  (6:07)
2. Isolation  (2:53)
3. Passover  (4:47)
4. Colony  (3:56)
5. A Means to an End  (4:10)
6. Heart and Soul  (5:52)
7. Twenty Four Hours  (4:26)
8. The Eternal  (6:08)
9. Decades  (6:11)

Disc II: Live, University of London Union, Feb. 8, 1980
 1. Dead Souls  (4:59)
 2. Glass (3:42)
 3. A Means to an End  (4:02)
 4. Twenty Four Hours  (4:06)
 5. Passover  (4:54)
 6. Insight  (4:01)
 7. Colony  (4:04)
 8. These Days  (4:17)
 9. Love Will Tear Us Apart  (3:14)
10. Isolation  (4:42)
11. The Eternal  (6:30)
12. Digital  (3:14)

Love Will Tear Us Apart EP (1995 Canadian Re-Issue)
1. Love Will Tear Us Apart (Radio Version)  (3:40)
2. Love Will Tear Us Apart (Original Version)  (3:28)
3. Love Will Tear Us Apart (Arthur Baker Remix)  (4:22)
4. Atmosphere (Original Hannett 12")  (4:12)
5. These Days  (3:27)
6. Transmission  (3:44)


  1. Thanks for the upload. Minor quibble: Disc 2 mp3 and flac links both lead to the mp3 file. Would be nice if you could fix this.

  2. Anon. thanks, I'll fix that right away :)

  3. all fixed. Thanks again, you saved me!

  4. No, voixautre, thank you for your continuous effort (including the write-ups). It's an amazing blog.

  5. Anon. I really do appreciate that, thank you. BTW, I'm planning to post the collector's Edition of "Unknown Pleasures" very soon

  6. That's good news. If I could make a request, I hope you could post the Nikki Sudden / Rowland S Howard collaboration double cd. I remember you mentioned it some time ago.

  7. Oh dude! To me, this is really one of the 10 best albums ever! Love the Martin Hannet's production, it sounds cold, marblelike. This week I couldn't take "Heart & Soul" off my head... :)

  8. How good is the bonus live disc, voixautre? Is it worth downloading alone?

    I ask because last year, when I decided to finally add Joy Division's catalogue to my CD collection, I ignored these 2007 Deluxe Editions and bought "Heart And Soul" boxset instead (for all the singles, radio sessions and outtakes). While I adore this band, the live disc of "Heart And Soul" unfortunately ranges from horrible to passable when it comes to the quality of band's performance (the sound quality is bootleg-like as well but it doesn't bother me that much).

  9. Butterbean BrawlerMay 29, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    That sucks the singer offed himself. New Order never really did anything for me. The Swans do a good cover of love will tear us apart.

  10. Anon., I have a couple of Sudden posts in the works: the one you mentioned and the Jacobites' first album. I'll try to get those up next month :)

  11. Dave, for me, both Joy Division albums rank top ten, though I find my top ten list contains a lot more than ten albums

  12. Michael, the live disc is rough, maybe a little better than bootleg quality sonically, but certainly not pristine by any means

  13. Butterbean, I posted the Swans' single containing that song a while ago:

  14. Michael (another one!)
    Many thanks for the live recording. I don't care about the quality, I just love listening to this band live. And many thanks for the EP too. I probably have all the tracks elsewhere but not combined. Cheers.

  15. Thanks a lot for this great upload and amazing blog!

  16. "Atrocity Exhibition" is as singular a definition of what the dawning post punk sound would be - as jagged and brooding (simultaneously) as Ian Curtis' own tumultuous life must have been. Great track, great record.

    I'm with Michael - think I'll pick up the live stuff, even though I'm sure I have it all elsewhere... Just nice to have that in lossless. Thanks, V!

  17. the other Michael, you're welcome )

  18. reindeer man, I think the live disc is worth having, but sonically it might not be what people generally expect on in a deluxe package

  19. Hey, just finished downloading the remastered CD, wow and THANX.

    May I adjust your screen resolution a little bit and send you in search of Joy Division/New Order blog heaven? good :-))



  20. Andie James, thanks for the link :)

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    Soy la muerte quien seduce.
    Con el beso de la araña.
    Soy la muerte quien te atrapa.
    Con las garras del infierno.
    Soy la muerte quien provocas.
    En silencio proclamado.
    Soy la muerte quien te arranca.
    El aliento de tu Alma.
    Bonjour... Je voulais séduire.
    Soy la muerte quien vigilia.
    Con el beso prometido.
    Soy la muerte sigilosa.
    Con el mal en mis colmillos.
    Soy la muerte que tu buscas.
    Con las llamas perfumadas.
    Soy la muerte quien desgarra.
    El abismo de tu Alma.
    Bonjour... Je voulais séduire.

    Dulce Amanecer, mi beso.

  22. I just bought this on CD the other day, but the original issue, which I prefer. But I'm psyched to snag the LWTUA EP. Thanks!

  23. piltdownlad, you're welcome. More JD coming soon

  24. Eva BSanz, my Spanish is a little spotty, but thank you for the comment, and thank you for following the blog. It's good to have you with us :)

  25. Monkey RobbL, thanks for the comment :)

  26. "both Joy Division albums rank top ten, though I find my top ten list contains a lot more than ten albums" - Voixautre, that's exactly what I think...

    I've got it on vinyl and on cd since I had to hear it. Its an essential.

    This morning I read a talkbak in "Streogum" which said that thanks to Radiohead's covers he discovered The Smiths & Joy Division.
    It was a rminder that what is soooo obvious to us, "the elders", is new to the youngsters. Therefor I believe its very important to keep writing & uploading this stuff.

  27. Lon, I completely agree, that and the older stuff is simply better

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