- 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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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.
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.Read more ›
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The "Substance" CD contains a good collection of often-heard and rarely-heard Joy Division songs. Read morePublished 10 months ago by JerrryMaccc
Far better than Still but still not on par with Closer, the band's best product. Those looking for the best of Joy Division should choose Closer first, then Unknown Pleasures, then... Read morePublished 20 months ago by SRS