Heart & Soul Box set, Original recording remastered
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But on the other hand, sometimes the weird, flat voice is actually good for the track - sometimes, the ghostly, haunted lyrics benefit from Curtis' ghostly, haunted, slightly atonal vocal style. So overall, most of the studio recordings work very well. Live, however, there are a lot of moments that are almost excruciating to the ears. On top of that, the fact that the three musicians in the band were all amatuers themselves made for exciting but inconsistent performances.
WHY THIS BOX SET IS GOOD: Remastered versions of the two proper studio albums "Unknown Pleasures" and "Closer." Both these albums remain stunning landmarks of "post-punk" music. The musical style of this band was quite distinctive - bass often carried the melody and the guitar functioned more as the true rhythm instrument. Drum parts tended toward machine-like grooves, but played by a human being. All in all, a unique approach that could only have been developed by guys who truly didn't know better; unaffected by any sort of technical proficiency, Joy Division had to forge their songs with the most rudimentary tools. Miraculously, they managed to create an influential and sophisticated sound with few obvious antecedents.
In addition to the two albums, this also includes almost all their singles and outtakes. Plus, you get some stuff that was never officially released, including three tracks from their unreleased 1978 "Warsaw" album.Read more ›
One thing that I can say is that everything about this box set is just beautiful, from the packaging to the lyrics to the songs themselves. The cost may be a bit off-putting right now, but it's probably the most thorough anthology that's likely to come around, so it's well worth it. You get all the tracks from "Unknown Pleasures," "Closer" and "Substance" (though not "Still") -- plus some assorted live and demo versions that had been previously unreleased.
The albums and the compilation are standards, of course. Some of the demos are pretty much hit-or-miss, and I've heard that the sound mixes and even the playing itself at Joy Division concerts were often pretty bad. But even with the diminished sound quality, the live tracks here (particularly the ones from The Factory in Hulme -- roughly the first half of disc 4) have this rollicking, transcendental power that makes current bands like Nickelback, Staind and Fuel, not to mention the pretense behind most of the genre of "emo," seem like adolescent journal entries put to bland rock arrangements in comparison. And there are a few songs toward the end (the live "Autosuggestion" and particularly "Ceremony" and "In a Lonely Place" -- the latter two from the last recording session before Ian Curtis's suicide) where you can really hear how close he was to the final breakdown.Read more ›
In a day when so many indie rockers pose against brick walls and train tracks, staring into space to give the impression that they are burdened by the weightiness of their own introspection, it is almost hard to view Joy Division in contemporary terms. But Joy Division WERE powerful and WERE thought provoking, yet never pretended to be more than they actually were: a quartet of lads from Manchester/Macclesfield.
A listener unfamiliar with JD might hear the music and conjure up all sorts of images in his minds eye, from spike haired punks to black eyed goths, of the band's appearance. Upon opening the excellent book included with Heart and Soul, he would be stunned to see four rather normal looking individuals. But Joy Division were anything but normal and the music exposes that starkly. Rather than display their angst through silly tattoos, ragged garments or ridiculous piercings, Joy Division channeled 100% of their emotion into their music.
Thousands have vainly attempted to follow in the footsteps of Curtis, Sumner, Hook, and Morris. There is not a single recording of Joy Division that isn't brimming with brilliance, and some songs ("Atmosphere," "Novelty," "Disorder," and several others) are true genius. ("Genius" is an overused word in relation to popular music, but Joy Division's work truly qualifies.)
This collection is a must for any Joy Division fan. For those who want something with depth and insight, yet devoid of pomp and pretension, Heart and Soul is the perfect solution.
Do not pass this collection by.
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This Retro-music from my past is great and this band is the best, Nothing more to add and Joy Division sound is still as wonderful then as now.Published on July 24, 2013 by Ebonywood
First off, Joy Division are one of my favorite bands and This is an amazing collection. It includes both Unknown Pleasures and Closer and every other single and song Joy Division... Read morePublished on August 4, 2011 by C. Nile Dementia
I became interested in Joy Division again last year when I stayed in a friend's apt. who happened to have the "The Complete BBC Recordings" CD. Read morePublished on December 17, 2010 by Stephen C. Bird
This box set seemed like all a Joy Division fan would need. The sticker on the cellophane celebrated this release as having everything Joy Division ever recorded. Read morePublished on January 1, 2010 by mwreview
This is absolutely one of the best catalogs I've heard in years. A must for any Joy Division fan. Cannot say enough great things about this collection. Read morePublished on June 29, 2009 by Michael W. Scheibe
if you like Joy Division..buy this, relentless of you having all of their albums, and everything, this truly completed my collection..and was worth the buy. Read morePublished on March 3, 2009 by Chris Mahnesmith
Well for me as a teenager, JD was about the most important thing going, and certainly a major influence. Now I'm 39 and was pleased when my brother lent me his copy. Read morePublished on December 28, 2008 by C. Wagner
If you want to get some Joy Division on CD, you need to get this box set. It's just about their complete discography of official releases and contains everything you need - both... Read morePublished on July 29, 2008 by I Rock
all i can say is i love this box set, it is perfect and i love joy division.....buy this set now!!!!11Published on July 23, 2008 by B.C.