18 May 2017


Reworked 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer'

Temporary post.

In Memory of Ian Curtis. R.I.P.
1956 - 1980

Here's post from my friend:
"Today marks the 37th anniversary of Ian Curtis' death, and still it never gets any easier.

Within this past year, I have expanded my musical horizons...by just a few inches, if I am being honest, but those inches have gone miles. The biggest discovery was probably Throbbing Gristle. Before, when watching the Grant Gee documentary and seeing Genesis P-Orridge's two cents on Ian, I always thought they looked and sounded like quite the weirdo and didn't think much of them for years, though their perception of Ian was interesting. Then I discovered Coil, which has become my co-favorite band along with Joy Division, and that connection spurned me on to finally delve into Throbbing Gristle. I am happy, now that I did, naturally. I consider most of JD's contemporaries unworthy even to lick their boots - seriously, to think people brought up Section 25, Crispy Ambulance, A Certain Ratio, etc. in the same breath as Joy Division back in the day outrages me - but the arty crowd Ian was marginally a part of does hold more merit than I imagined at first. I bring this all up because I have become aware of the infamous "phone call" story. Genesis is a bit of a liar and keeps changing his apocryphal stories of Ian. Apparently Ian loved the TG song "Weeping," but I KNOW he did not sing it to Genesis over the phone the same night he killed himself and I doubt that Ian ever directly expressed to him his desire to kill himself (his two prior suicide attempts notwithstanding). To my knowledge, he did sing some song to someone over the phone days before he died, and though I cannot recall who or what the song was, I know it wasn't Genesis. I guess it's just a bit of myth-making of their part, in the likes of Kurt Cobain's story of living under the Aberdeen bridge.

Anyway, today is the day not to our horizons but to go back to two all-time favorites, two of the best and most enduring classic records ever made: Unknown Pleasures and Closer. I can still listen to these any time of any day in any place in any mood and the songs will still resonate immensely with me unlike any other since middle school - I can't say that about too many other records. Over the years, the JD community has seen a myriad of sonic upgrades to these two records as JD affiliates and distributors re-release the same material dozens of times. Supposedly, the master-reels of the two albums have since become lost, so almost every release, including 1997's Heart and Soul and onward, has utilized 2nd-generation reels copies and crappy digital remasters. Typically, you can either listen to the hollow, dreary sounds of that boxset or the ear-splittingly loud and compressed 2007 remasters, as they seem to be the most common of the more complete releases. There's Total and the +- boxset, which were far more competent because Stephen Morris himself got involved in the remastering process, but you don't get everything with them. No, the BEST way to listen to these albums, besides original mint-condition 1st-pressing vinyls, is the obscure 1991 Japanese boxset.

Simply titled 1977 - 1980, this CD boxset contained Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Still, Substance, and, confusingly enough, the 1988 Atmosphere single. There's no ancillary or unreleased material, but the big draw of this album is the fact that each CD was sourced from the master-tapes, unlike almost every other release. There's minor problems, such as the oddity where the ending of "Isolation" is indexed onto the beginning of "Passover," but aside from that, every song sounds superb and this is almost as good as it gets.

Fage was kind enough to EQ UP and Closer from this set such that they match the EQ on the 1st-pressing vinyls, so you can throw out just about every other digital copy of this music you got! :)

There's still much I and I am sure many of you have to do. I still need to read Chapter and Verse and Inside New Order, so that'll keep me busy over the course of this year, and who knows? Maybe a few more live recordings or other niceties will surface soon. I hope some people are feeling philanthropic!

Regardless, we all still feel Joy Division and Ian Curtis everywhere today. I wish Peter, Gillian, Stephen, and Bernard all the best. 37 years and counting...Rest in peace, Ian Kevin Curtis, who would be 60 today. Love will tear us apart again and again.

NintendoSegaSonyGuy, aka Wallflower, aka Coil Archiver, aka Kiefer G.

May 18, 2017"

Track lists:

"Unknown Pleasures":

01. Disorder
02. Day of the Lords
03. Candidate
04. Insight
05. New Dawn Fades
06. She's Lost Control
07. Shadowplay
08. Wilderness
09. Interzone
10. I Remember Nothing

Duration: 00:39:13
Source: Master reels.

01. Atrocity Exhibition
02. Isolation
03. Passover
04. Colony
05. A Means to an End
06. Heart and Soul
07. Twenty Four Hours
08. The Eternal
09. Decades

Duration: 00:44:21
Source: Master reels.


More info about albums: 'Unknown Pleasures', 'Closer' (Joy Division Central)


'Unknown Pleasures': WeTransfer (~220 Mb / Will be deleted on 25 May, 2017)
'Closer': WeTransfer (~269 Mb / Will be deleted on 25 May, 2017)

Do not redistribute in MP3 or any other lossy format.

Never sell for monetary gain (and do not redistribute to people who might!).

Dear guest, if you have any of JD's master-tapes or rare bootlegs - please(!) write a comment.


07 May 2017

Duncan's tapes

Joy Division live @
Futurama One Festival, Queen's Hall, Leeds - 8th September 1979
& Winter Gardens, Bournemouth - 2nd November 1979

Photo by Kevin Cummins @ Futurama

May 2017 remastered

Track list (Futurama):

01. I Remember Nothing
02. Wilderness
03. Transmission
04. Colony
05. Disorder
06. Insight
07. Shadowplay
08. She's Lost Control
09. Atrocity Exhibition
10. Dead Souls

Duration: 00:42:41
Quality: 8/10
Source: "All Gods Angels Beware" CD bootleg

Duncan's comment:
"A month or so after Ian's death when I first meet Rob Gretton at Rough Trade in London, with six of my Joy Division master tapes, it was the Futurama tape that he wanterd to hear first. He put on I Remember Nothing and I said he should fast forward to Wilderness as he'd be able to assess the tape better. He just smiled and said "I can tell fine with this track". He handed me a copy of Licht Und Blindheit -Sordide Sentimental and about 6 of those flexi freebies. Rob was a really nice bloke."

More info about concert: Joy Division Central

Track list (Winter Gardens):

01. I Remember Nothing
02. Love Will Tear Us Apart
03. Interzone
04. Colony
05. Insight
06. These Days
07. Digital
08. Transmission
09. Atrocity Exhibition

Duration: 00:38:46
Quality: 8/10
Source: "Winter Gardens" CD bootleg

Duncan's comment:
"Ian behaved a little differently during Atrocity Exhibition. Usually he would dance really wildly during the guitar/drums climax of this song. But this time he walked to the front of the stage and stared out at the audience completely still for about 15 seconds until a roadie came onstage and helped him offstage to hospital suffering dehydration and exhaustion. Joy Division were pulling in fans at these gigs even though they were support to the headlining Buzzcocks."

More info about concert: Joy Division Central

WeTransfer (~430 Mb / Will be deleted on 14 May, 2017)
Futurama: Mega (~220 Mb) 
Winter Gardens: Mega (~210 Mb)

Do not redistribute in MP3 or any other lossy format
Never sell for monetary gain (and do not redistribute to people who might!)

Dear guest, if you have any of JD's master-tapes or rare bootlegs - please(!) write a comment.


18 April 2017

The Warsaw Demo

"The Warsaw Demo". Recorded @ Pennine Sound Studios, Oldham, UK - 18th of July 1977

Photo by Kevin Cummins

Spring 2017 remastered

Track list:

01. Inside the Line
02. Gutz
03. At a Later Date
04. The Kill
05. You're No Good For Me

Duration: 13:07

- the band was still known as "Warsaw"
- Steve Brotherdale on drums
- "At A Later Date" will evolve into "She's Lost Control" in a few months

More info about session: Joy Division Central

Mega (~76 Mb)

Do not redistribute in MP3 or any other lossy format
Never sell for monetary gain (and do not redistribute to people who might!)

Dear guest, if you have any of JD's master-tapes or rare bootlegs - please(!) write a comment.


14 March 2017

Then Love... Love Will Tear Us Apart... Again...

Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart

18th or 28th of April 1980 / Promo Video

Hi there! 

How we know... all JD collectors have problems with sources, I think. Some of the better versions of recordings are guarded as if they were not concert tapes or just videos but state secrets! 
That's why I did this post..........

Photo by Anton Corbijn @ LWTUA Video Session

The idea to rework the "Love Will Tear Us Apart" video came to me in August 2013, when the channel "Joy Division" first came onto YouTube. Initially, I was shocked by how badly Rhino hadhandled the video. Seriously, it looks like they only had a VHS of HATYM just uploaded it onto YouTube without any reworking, you know. Just look at this:

What could they do? 
As we know (correct me if I'm wrong), the clip was shot on 16mm film. In today's "digital" format, it's resolution exceeds the 2K video format (yep, it's actually slightly better than Full HD). For comparison: VHS is equivalent to about half of a DVD (360i instead of 576i). So, if they could scan it frame-by-frame in the 'restoring' liquid, they could have achieved incredible results! Take a look at this restored film:

And that's only 8mm! Just imagine what the 16mm would look like. 

What did I do? 
Not so much, to be honest. If in 2013 I thought that the problem was an imperfect software, I now realize that the problem is in the source. All official releases are poor. When I got, in my opinion, the best DVD source (2009, "Rage: In Love"), I realized that I couldn't improve the quality too much, but I could try to fix the colors. So I focused on this; I tried to add more details to it. I worked on audio too, of course, trying to synchronize audio with video. 

I planned to post it on the 28th of April or, maybe, on the 18th of May, but couldn't wait that long. 

Let me introduce ... 
Color-corrected, upscaled to Full HD, coming from the best possible DVD source, the most famous song of Joy Division - "Love Will Tear Us Apart." 

Note: I could not upload the video onto YouTube, because it violates their copyright rules, so I used another video hosting site. I hope that you will not have any problems with this.