The Best of Joy Division

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Now that Unknown Pleasures, Closer, and Still have been given the deluxe two-disc reissue treatment -- which coincided with a movie, Control, and followed, throughout the previous 20 years, the Substance and Permanent compilations, the Heart and Soul box set, a couple live discs, a BBC disc, tribute sneakers, a tribute Zune, and tribute bands (few of which performed actual covers) -- there might as well be an official point of introduction with a straightforward title. Just happening to coincide with the release of Grant Gee's eponymous documentary, The Best of Joy Division is a 14-track, 55-minute grab bag of scattered tracks from the band's discography. It is impossible ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Now that Unknown Pleasures, Closer, and Still have been given the deluxe two-disc reissue treatment -- which coincided with a movie, Control, and followed, throughout the previous 20 years, the Substance and Permanent compilations, the Heart and Soul box set, a couple live discs, a BBC disc, tribute sneakers, a tribute Zune, and tribute bands (few of which performed actual covers) -- there might as well be an official point of introduction with a straightforward title. Just happening to coincide with the release of Grant Gee's eponymous documentary, The Best of Joy Division is a 14-track, 55-minute grab bag of scattered tracks from the band's discography. It is impossible to call these the best, or even the highlights, when the band recorded no obvious lowlights and (only in a relative sense) a handful of midlights. Not including alternate mixes or demos that have floated out in various forms, Joy Division recorded short of 50 songs, none of which would be completely unjustifiable on a single-disc summary. Beyond the no-brainers "Love Will Tear Us Apart," "She's Lost Control," "Transmission," and "Atmosphere," the program doesn't lean in any one direction, pulling fairly evenly from the two proper albums while offering seven tracks that were compiled originally for Substance. It is kind of strange, however, that the somewhat slight instrumental "Incubation" was chosen over "Atrocity Exhibition" and "A Means to an End," and that there is nothing from An Ideal for Living (the band's first release, a four-track EP), especially when there were 25 minutes of available space on the disc. While this is one of many ways to become acquainted with a body of work that adds up to some of the most tense, precise, and powerful rock music made, the best solution is to get as much as possible at once and submit. [The two-disc version adds the entire contents of The Complete BBC Recordings: the band's sessions for John Peel, the two songs from their Something Else performance, and an interview.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2008
  • Label: Wea Int'l
  • EAN: 5051442730227
  • Catalog Number: 427302
  • Sales rank: 65,001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Digital (2:52)
  2. 2 Disorder (3:29)
  3. 3 Shadowplay (3:52)
  4. 4 New Dawn Fades (4:46)
  5. 5 Transmission (3:36)
  6. 6 Atmosphere (4:10)
  7. 7 Dead Souls (4:55)
  8. 8 She's Lost Control (4:56)
  9. 9 Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:27)
  10. 10 These Days (3:27)
  11. 11 Twenty Four Hours (4:28)
  12. 12 Heart and Soul (5:50)
  13. 13 Incubation (2:53)
  14. 14 Isolation (2:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Exercise One (2:31)
  2. 2 Insight (3:51)
  3. 3 She's Lost Control (4:09)
  4. 4 Transmission (3:53)
  5. 5 Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:22)
  6. 6 Twenty Four Hours (4:07)
  7. 7 Colony (4:03)
  8. 8 Sound of Music (4:21)
  9. 9 Transmission (3:17)
  10. 10 She's Lost Control (3:40)
  11. 11 Interview by Richard Skinner with Ian Curtis and Stephen Morris (3:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joy Division Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Bob Sargeant Producer
Peter Hook Composer
Pete Ritzema Producer
Tony Wilson Producer
Nick Gomm Engineer
David Dade Engineer
Stephen Morris Composer
Bernard Sumner Composer
Paul Morley Source Material
Peter Saville Art Direction
Tony Hall Producer
Mike Bolland Producer
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