Joy Divison 7" Vinyl Box Set rings "Joy" this Holiday Season

Set for a December 6, 2010 U.K. release date, Joy Division are putting out a seven inch box set featuring 10 of all their Factory Records singles. This box is being released by Rhino U.K., who have done a marvelous job on the re-mastering of the sound on these tracks. This is scheduled to be released in the states on December 28, 2010.

Product description:

December 6 will see the release of +- (plus minus), a new vinyl 7″ singles box set of Joy Division.
The tracklisting has been picked by venerable music scribe Jon Savage, and includes previously issued 7″s alongside some specially created for this release. All tracks have been re-mastered by Joy Division’s Stephen Morris and Metropolis Studios’ Frank Arkwright, and the packaging has been designed – naturally – by Peter Saville.

The edition, which comes courtesy of Rhino/Warner, is limited to 5000 copies, and is available to order at a price of 75 pounds (approx. 120 American dollars). Free MP3’s come with these box sets as well. 

This box set is being released in celebration of Ian Curtis, in the year that is the 30th anniversary of his death. Although Joy Division released only two albums in two years, Unknown Pleasures (1979) and Closer (1980), the band recorded many other tracks throughout their career which were released as stand-alone singles, most notably, “Transmission” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” Plus Minus brings these singles, and more, together in one place on beautiful full color reproduced picture sleeves and labels exactly as they were originally issued.

Speaking from personal experience (somehow I met Tony Wilson once), this really is a cool release because the 2 albums they did were much different than the more appealing (I don’t dare say commercial) singles. Really, the goths, and gloom and doom bands got nothing on this group. It was as depressing as it got. Point in case is the film “24 Hour Party People”, where it showed that basically the only happy smile that Ian really had in the band was when he was performing “Louie Louie” with a drunken laugh all the way through. I mean, this guy had health issues, he lived in the gloomy Manchester area of England, he was young and so confused with his relationships and then he was performing music like this. Tony was right, “How could we have not seen the suicide coming?”

To me the brightest spot was these 10 singles and the bass guitar sound of Peter Hook. That was really all I needed. He is so under-rated as a bassist for that fantastic sound he created and used on every song ever by New Order.

This box set is recommended, the price is NOT. It should have been $59.00 max.
Nevertheless, with all the dark memories surrounding this band, there WILL be Joy at Christmas with this 30th anniversary celebration of Ian Curtis and Joy Divison’s singles.

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