Control

Control

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Control

Initial screenings of Control were met with no short amount of praise, including a standing ovation at Cannes and approval from each surviving member of Joy Division, so it is not a surprise that the film's soundtrack -- released the same day as Rhino's Joy Division "collector's edition" (not to be confused with "deluxe edition") reissues of Unknown Pleasures, Closer, and Still -- is commendable as well, put together with similar degrees of knowledge and care, though a second disc containing New Order's full score would not have been a bad thing. Nearly every proto-punk artist a Joy Division expert would expect to hear in the film's background is represented: a who's who featuring the Velvet Underground, Roxy Music, Kraftwerk, Iggy Pop, and two David Bowies (the glam and Berlin/Eno Bowies). Can would've likely made sense, or perhaps even Nektar (there is actual published photographic evidence that Ian Curtis was a Nektar fan), but there are no miscues, and there is enough to open up a new world for those who are only slightly familiar with the band and its roots. Out of the inclusions released prior to Joy Division's formation, there is one surprise, and it is the fantastically frilly and schizophrenic "She Was Naked" by obscure Holland prog rockers Supersister -- in the liner notes, director Anton Corbijn, who photographed Joy Division shortly after relocating from Holland to England in 1979, alludes to pulling a fast one with the song's insertion, only to find out that JD drummer Steven Morris had each of the band's albums. Representation from JD contemporaries is limited to Buzzcocks (a post-Howard Devoto live version of "Boredom," recorded at the Roxy) and an F-word-laced rant from John Cooper Clarke. The actual Joy Division material here could be called the big three: "Dead Souls," "Love Will Tear Us Apart," "Atmosphere." A version of "Transmission" recorded by the cast members is impressive, almost uncanny, while the Killers' cover of "Shadowplay" gets better after the intro and even better once you're able to block out the vocals. One potential deal-breaker: though the disc is enhanced by the inclusion of dialogue as some tracks segue from one to another, it could be frustrating for listeners making their own mixes and playlists.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2007
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227996000
catalogNumber: 333372

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Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer,Producer
Bryan Ferry   Composer
Iggy Pop   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Velvet Underground   Arranger
Howard Devoto   Composer
Pete Shelley   Composer
Mark Gray   Engineer
John Cooper Clarke   Composer
Ian Curtis   Composer
Joy Division   Composer
Brian Eno   Composer
Martin Hannett   Composer,Producer
Peter Hook   Composer
Mike Moran   Engineer
Florian Schneider   Composer
Emil Schult   Composer
Peter Sinfield   Producer
Robert Jan Stips   Composer
Tom Wilson   Producer
Stephen Morris   Composer
Bernard Sumner   Composer
Anton Corbijn   Liner Notes,Cover Photo
Joe Anderson   Composer
Roger Lyons   Engineer
Sam Riley   Composer
Stephen Hopkins   Composer
Max Dingle   Engineer
Andy Savours   Engineer

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