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Still (Collector's Edition)

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Album Review

Still collects outtakes and rarities along with a live set recorded on May 2, 1980, just over two weeks prior to Ian Curtis' death. In addition to the atmospheric "Glass" and the haunting funeral march "Dead Souls," the studio sides include four leftover tracks from the sessions for Unknown Pleasures, while the concert set includes performances of seminal tracks such as "Transmission," "Isolation," and "A Means to an End." Although neither as cogent nor as indispensible as the band's two studio records or the Substance compilation, Still is nonetheless a valuable chronicle of Joy Division's remarkable evolution, a growth charted by the inclusion of an early live cover of the Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray" to the only recorded version of the hypnotic "Ceremony," the ultimate Ian Curtis composition which later resurfaced as the first single from New Order.

Customer Reviews

Ians final performance

This has the Live at High Hall, Birmingham University performance. Nothing else to be said.

AMAZING BAND, AMAZING ALBUM, AMAZING DEAL

not only do you get the 9 song album, but addition tracks totalling 34 songs, INCLUDING "sister ray" and live version of "ceremony". must but for any music lover aside from rap, then you should go buy little wayne or bow wow or some commercial crap like that.

MISSING 24 HOURS LIVE AT BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY

Everyone knows how wonderful Joy Division and Still are, but this newly remastered version is missing the live version of 24 Hours also recorded at Birmingham University. It appears on the original vinyl and cassette releases of Still, but was left off the CD because the running time was too long for one disc. Unfortunately, the remaster does not correct this. It would have been nice to have the full version of the final Joy Division concert, but oh well, an extra 14 tracks is cool anyway.

Biography

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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