Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl LP Record Reissue

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Unknown Pleasures is the debut studio album by English post-punk rock band Joy Division, originally released in June 1979 by Factory Records.

It even looks like something classic, beyond its time or place of origin even as it was a clear product of both - one of Peter Saville's earliest and best designs, a transcription of a signal showing a star going nova, on a black embossed sleeve.

If that were all Unknown Pleasures was, it wouldn't be discussed so much, but the ten songs inside, quite simply, are stone-cold landmarks, the whole album a monument to passion, energy, and cathartic despair.

The quantum leap from the earliest thrashy singles to Unknown Pleasures can be heard through every note, with Martin Hannett's deservedly famous production as much a hallmark as the music itself.

Songs fade in behind furtive noises of motion and activity, glass breaks with the force and clarity of doom, minimal keyboard lines add to an air of looming disaster, something, somehow, seems to wait or lurk beyond the edge of hearing. But even though this is Hannett's album as much as anyone's, the songs and performances are the true key.

Bernard Sumner redefined heavy metal sludge as chilling feedback fear and explosive energy, Peter Hook's instantly recognizable bass work at once warm and forbidding, Stephen Morris' drumming smacking through the speakers above all else.

Ian Curtis synthesizes and purifies every last impulse, his voice shot through with the desire first and foremost to connect, only connect, as "Candidate" plaintively states, "I tried to get to you/You treat me like this." Pick any song: the nervous death dance of "She's Lost Control"; the harrowing call for release "New Dawn Fades", all four members in perfect sync; the romance in hell of "Shadowplay"; "Insight" and its nervous drive toward some sort of apocalypse.

All visceral, all emotional, all theatrical, all perfect. One of the best albums ever.

Check out the tracks: “Disorder”, “Shadowplay” and “Candidate”. 

This album is a 2015 reissue on 180 gram heavyweight black vinyl with replicated original artwork with textured album sleeve, with audio cut from the 2007 remasters, pressed in Euorpe via Factory Records.

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Tracklisting:

 

No.

Title

Time

 

Outside

 

A1

Disorder

3:36

A2

Day Of The Lords

4:43

A3

Candidate

3:00

A4

Insight

4:00

A5

New Dawn Fades

4:47

 

 

 

 

Inside

 

B1

She’s Lost Control

3:40

B2

Shadowplay

3:50

B3

Wilderness

2:35

B4

Interzone

2:10

B5

I Remember Nothing

6:00

SKU 825646183906
Record Label Factory Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number FACT 10R
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 01 June 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 15 June 1979
Barcode # 825646183906
Shipping Weight 0.3100kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Replicated Original Artwork, Textured Album Sleeve, Audio cut from 2007 remasters
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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