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Customer Reviews

Not again

I liked this when it was called Substance. Shame on you London Records. Don't support this release, buy Unknown PLeasures, Closer and Substance. Another "best of" is really unneccesary for a band that only released two albums. And where is "Means To An End?"

Well,some have to start somewhere

If your new to the Joy Division scene,this cd is the best location for you to start.While i wouldn't say all of this is their best,it's the stuff that's most popular.As for us Joy Division long timers,well,there's nothing new to see here(there hasn't been anything new since 1995's Permanent if you think about it).As for you newcomers,if you happen to recognize the beauty that is happening here and want more,i suggest Permanent to be your next step.Then proceed to the true Joy Division albums,Unknown Pleasures and Closer.After that,if you're a true lover of Joy Division,go out a find a copy of Substance,their original "Best Of and B-Sides"album. "This is the room,the start of it all..."(If you don't understand,you'll learn later)


May Ian Curtis rest in peace. He made the world of music a better place.


Formed: 1977 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Formed in the wake of the punk explosion in England, Joy Division became the first band in the post-punk movement by later emphasizing not anger and energy but mood and expression, pointing ahead to the rise of melancholy alternative music in the '80s. Though the group's raw initial sides fit the bill for any punk band, Joy Division later incorporated synthesizers (taboo in the low-tech world of '70s punk) and more haunting melodies, emphasized by the isolated, tortured lyrics of its lead vocalist,...
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