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  • Audio CD (January 13, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: London Import
  • ASIN: B00002DE4E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,131 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Atrocity exhibition
2. Isolation
3. Passover
4. Colony
5. A Means To An End
6. Heart & Soul
7. Twenty Four Hours
8. The Eternal
9. Decades

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I instantly fell in love with this album!
Mick V. Nicholas
"Decades" is the most gloriously sad moment of human emotion ever captured for posterity.
R. Beuerlein
For the rest the sound and songs are great.
T. Wedel

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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By M. Derby on November 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Not much I can write about Closer which hasn't already been said--many times over--in the 25+ years since it was first released. It's a likely choice as the most essential post-punk recording (a difficult decision, given the competition, from that fertile era: how can one not mention Gang of Four, or Wire, or...?)

While Unknown Pleasures is great; Closer is near perfection. Among its rare qualities: brilliant sequencing, with many of the most emotionally-wrenching tracks held back until nearly the end. (So many mediocre LPs have been front-loaded with singles, followed by crap which shouldn't ever have been released).

Then there's its depth: how it continues to reward attentive listening, even after you've heard it hundreds of times. I never felt capable of truly understanding "Decades" until I'd lived a few decades myself.

It was nothing less than a work of genius, how Ian Curtis (in his early-to-mid-twenties) went so deeply inside the dark core of his psyche. Not merely his own, but the human psyche. Few dare to introspect with such painful clarity, and Ian's history indicates the journey was too hazardous, as I imagine it would be for most of us.

When someone you love takes their own life, the question "why?" is always close to the surface. But when you hear Ian's songs on Closer, you never wonder. You KNOW his inner world was an eternal grey void too painful to endure.

If your own soul is bent and brittle, you feel the odd comfort (like a familiar friend) of knowing: someone else has struggled under the same inexplicable weight. Other times, it's too much--too close to home--and you need hit "stop" and shut it off.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By R. Beuerlein on December 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I'm sitting here two weeks before Christmas debating whether to buy this CD for my 21 year old son. He loves rock and roll, and he's in a band and writes music, and he is as of now blissfully unaware of Joy Division.

Is it right to give this record to somebody? Is Christmas the right time to do it? People who have heard this record will know exactly why I ask these questions. There is no more gut wrenching work of art in existence in all the world than "Closer." Period. "Decades" is the most gloriously sad moment of human emotion ever captured for posterity. The despondent and exhausted refrain of, "Where have they been," repeated deep amidst the swirl of ether-like synths is so bone-chillingly haunting that it simply cannot be described. It must be heard to be believed.

I always imagined "Decades" to be the final cut on the record. It would seem most fitting there. But the album lists no A or B side to confirm it. Such obfuscation only seemed perfect at the time. It was better not knowing. It wasn't important which side got played first, by the time both sides had been played, the listener came out the other side feeling the same way. The sadness and the pain saturates, it permeates, it envelopes and there is no, repeat, no redemption or hope anywhere in the process. This is as complete and stunning an impression of personal and internal despair as you will ever find.

Don't listen to this record if you are depressed or suicidal! It is too painful.

And, yet, remarkably, it is great rock and roll. The production is coldly distant, as if recorded in a church. The arrangements are simple, rhythmic, spare, and repetitive, and each instrument comes through the ambient reverb with stark and remarkable clarity. Ian Curtis' vocals fly through like arrows.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Neukoln on July 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Amazon's song list is incorrect. This is the correct listing:
CD One: Closer
"Atrocity Exhibition" - 6:06
"Isolation" - 2:53
"Passover" - 4:46
"Colony" - 3:55
"A Means to an End" - 4:07
"Heart and Soul" - 5:51
"Twenty Four Hours" - 4:26
"The Eternal" - 6:07
"Decades" - 6:10

CD Two: Live at ULU 8 February 1980
"Dead Souls" - 4:58
"Glass" - 3:42
"A Means To An End" - 4:00
"Twenty Four Hours" - 4:05
"Passover" - 4:53
"Insight" - 4:01
"Colony" - 4:04
"These Days" - 4:17
"Love Will Tear Us Apart" - 3:13
"Isolation" - 4:41
"The Eternal" - 6:30
"Digital" - 3:14
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jjp on November 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
A remastered version of Joy Division's second [and last] official album. The second disc features a live show from 1980--unfortunately there are few left in existence and sound quality is always an issue. Great to have another one however.

Recommendations for JD in studio, etc. still are the 'Heart and Soul' box [if you can afford it] and 'Substance' [if you can't]. 'Closer' is a great album, but I prefer JD without P. Hammett strangling their sound. You will get tracks from it on both of these compilations.

Speaking of a live disc, the best is still 'Les Bains Douches 18 December 1979'. Absolute classic that captures the amazing power of this band.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zenith on July 16, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Closer is a very good album, and contains many of Joy Division's best songs. However, the version listed as Closer [import] is an unacceptably flawed pressing. Every single song skips in intervals of seconds, and there is massive static distortion throughout. I have received two pristine copies, one from the original order, and one replacement, and both had the exact same problem. As of writing this review, I am in the process of trying to get yet a third copy of the album, but I have absolutely no doubt that the problem will persist. Amazon's shocking lack of quality control on this particular listing is what I find most annoying.
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