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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Japan Publications Trading Co.; Jpn Ltd ed. edition (December 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009HXFH0E
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 4.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,230,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cary S. Whitt on July 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Joy Division are one of those bands that will always stay with me. Even though I was rather young when they were actually playing together, I discovered them quite early on in my New Order obsession. That helped me to define both bands, their musical catalogs, as well as their place in my cd collection.
I am reviewing (and recommending) this record because if someone out there wants and introduction to Joy Division, they would be hard-pressed to get a better deal than the well-priced Substance LP. Sure, if you've got the dough go ahead and pony up for the beautifully realized box set (designed by Factory Records mainstay, Peter Saville).
Substance has all the singles that any American has probably heard on any good jukebox. Atmosphere, Love Will Tear Us Apart and She's Lost Control are all here and sound great for a 1988 release. You'll get a better recording on the box set versions, but that's your 60 bucks compared to your 11 bucks. The main draw of substance is, like the box set, the nice mix of tunes from the band's brief and brilliant time together. A task not as easliy done as one might think. Some of the best bits, are earlier, yet rougher tracks like, Warsaw. The band were finding their sound and making new incredible music all at the same time. Later songs, like Love Will Tear Us Apart, are far more polished, and a bit more accessible to the masses, but none-the-less, great. All in all, this is a great addition to any post-punk, brit-punk, alternative, indie music fans' collection. I give it my highest praise, and I think you might too.
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I won't say a single word about the emotional weight of Joy Division's music or the impossible burden of Ian Curtis' words; other reviewers do that sort of thing far more justice than I could ever hope. Instead, I want to make some important points for those considering the purchase of Substance:

1.) Substance was not assembled at random. Its logic is actually quite praiseworthy: theoretically this disc is supposed to collect ALL the non-album tracks - songs given to compilations, A-sides, B-sides, and EP tracks - into one place, to function as a companion to Unknown Pleasures and Closer. To that end, NONE of the songs present on this compilation are available on their two regular albums, though two songs are duplicated from the posthumous outtakes album Still ("Glass" and "Dead Souls" - the former is only ho-hum for Joy Division, the latter is a key track, but their inclusion is more justifiable here than it is on that set since both were officially released within the band's working life). People who see "She's Lost Control" on the tracklisting here need to realize that this is a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT version than the one on Unknown Pleasures (the boxed set calls it the `12" version'), and it's arguably far superior.

2.) Frustratingly, Substance nevertheless fails at its stated purpose. Now I'm not a pedant - I don't really begrudge the absence of minor tracks like the instrumental "As You Said" or the flexidisc toss-off "Sound Of Music" - but one omission in particular is agonizing: the spectacular, glowing alternate version of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" that shared the B-side of the more famous single version of that song with "These Days.
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Pop Kulcher Review: What is amazing about this collection of singles and b-sides is not that it is great, but that it is as good as the band's two official albums (Unknown Pleasures and Closer). Sure, "Love Will Tear Us Apart" has come to be recognized as one of the finest singles of the 1980's, and "Atmosphere" has finally received its due as well. But most of the critical praise lavished on this band is focused on their albums, the breathtakingly intense Unknown Pleasures and the looser, more sprawling follow-up Closer. So it's remarkable that the band's non-album work comes together to form such a solid, cohesive album. You can hear the band move from its ragged, nihilistic punk roots (an early 4-song EP is included here in its entirety, highlighted by the driving "Warsaw" and the catchy but disturbing "No Love Lost") to the almost-ready-for-radio brooding pop exemplified by the afore-mentioned "Love" and "Atmosphere." Along the way we get all sorts of choice nuggets, essential for any fan of the band. So while you should still begin your Joy Division experience with the monumental Unknown Pleasures, Substance is an integral part of the Joy Division body of work. (Only after picking up those two albums and Closer will you want to move on towards the live/studio collection Still, a harsher listen. The "greatest hits" collection Permanent is really unnecessary; Joy Division's dark, moody sound turns off some listeners, so if you like them enough to want to own their work, you won't be satisfied with Permanent's cursory view of the band).
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When I was a little girl, my Dad would always listen to Joy Division. At the time I was kind of freaked out and I really did not enjoy the music. As I grew older I appreciated the music more and more. The best music evokes memories, be it painful or wonderful. Whenever I hear "She's Lost Control" I am always reminded of one of my close friends and her problems. However the creme de la creme of my Joy Division experience will always be "Love Will Tear Us Apart." As a small child I had no idea how love could tear someone apart and as I grew older, and experienced love for the first time, I finally understood what Ian Curtis was trying to say. What I love about the song was that it could be sung by a man or a woman and have the same emotional power. As a writer I find it interesting how different writing styles between the sexes is so apparent. However the song is so raw and heartfelt I can never listen to it without crying. This review is very biased towards my childhood but I would highly recommend this CD to people who are looking for raw emotion and powerful lyrics.
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