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Compiled by the Surviving Members of the Original Band and Jon Savage, Author of 'England's Dreaming', Heart and Soul is the Definitive Joy Division 4cd Collection. The First Two Discs Feature Single Releases and Outtakes.
1997 release, a four disc set on London packaged in a 6 x 10in gatefold digibook with an 80 page illustrated book. 80 tracks total, including all cuts from the albums 'Unknown Pleasures', 'Closer' & 'Substance', seven of the nine studiorecordings on 'Still', plus Peel session versions of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', 'Exercise One' & 'Colony', the version of 'As You Said' that appeared as the uncredited track on New Order's 'Video 586' 12 single and last --but certainly not least-- 35 previously unreleased gems comprised of live & rare versions of their absolute finest. Utterly brilliant.
It is a second hand item, the box is a little bit tattered and the discs are'nt in the best condition but for the price I payed it is an absolute bargain. The most important thing is the discs play perfectly.
Of the previously unreleased tracks on disc 3, "The Drawback" and "Interzone" are short, fast-paced, upbeat, punk songs that sound a bit out of place but are cool. Some of the previously unreleased versions of songs I do not like. The only version of "Walked In Line" has flat vocals. It lacks the power of the released version. The vocals on this CD's versions of "Candidate" and "Chance (Atmosphere)" are also flat and far inferior to the released versions. "These Days" is one of my favorites on this disc with its driving bass riff; it is better than the single version. "Ceremony" and "In A Lonely Place" are rehearsals from a tape provided by Peter Hook, the latter being quite good.
The booklet is a biography of Joy Division and, in particular, Ian Curtis. There are a lot of quotes by the band, especially Bernard Sumner who describes his childhood and how it influenced JD's music. Of course, there is much on Curtis's unpredictable, explosive behavior and the events up to his suicide and the impact his fatal decision had on the band. The photos are mostly blurry, I guess, for artistic reasons, but I prefer the clear black & white photos of the band in the middle of the book. As another reviewer mentioned, the cover photo is not attractive at all. A lot of typos were found in the text, which was a bit surprising. The book includes lyrics and a detailed discography.
Despite what is missing, the set offers the "Ideal For Living" EP, the Factory Sample tracks "Digital" and "Glass", the "Transmission" single with "Novelty," the Earcom2 12" EP tracks "Auto-Suggestion" and "From Safety To Where...," the Sordide Sentimentale French release "Atmosphere" and "Dead Souls", the iconic single "Love Will Tear Us Apart" with "These Days," the entire LPs Unknown Pleasures and Closer, the uncredited Flexidisc track "As She Said" as well as 12" versions, live and previously unreleased tracks. For most fans of JD, this set will be all you need. Completists will need to own a few more things.
"Heart and Soul" (4CDs, 81 tracks, 309 min.) brings just about everything that Joy Division ever recorded. CD1 (21 tracks; 78 min.) centers around the 1979 debut album "Unknown Pleasures", augmented by assorted singles and outtakes. Listening to tracks like "She's Lost Control", "Shadowplay" and "I Remember Nothing" reminds me why this band is still relevant, almost 30 years later. CD2 (17 tracks; 76 min.) centers around the 1980 album "Closer", again with lots of additional tracks from that era. CD3 (24 tracks; 78 min.) capatures everything else, including the early "Warsaw" music, 3 tracks from the "John Peele Sessions" and a bunch of unreleased stuff, such as the fantastic "Ceremony" and "In A Lonely Place". CD4 (19 tracks; 77 min.) is a collection of live tracks. The sound quality for many of them is not great, but they are still essential. The best of the bunch are the last 5, recorded in December 1979, when the band previewed a number of tracks that would eventually make it on the "Closer" album (released in July, 1980). Check out the live version of "Heart and Soul" and then listen to what it would eventually become in its final studio version, simply fascinating!
This box comes with a wealth of information, including studio session dates, release dates of singles and album, various articles and great liner notes. The article "Good Everning, We're Joy Division" (which was originally published in MoJo in 1994, according to the liner notes) is an eye-opener. This box is essential for any serious Joy Division fan (is there such a thing as the 'casual' fan? maybe, I don't know). And frankly, this is essential for any music lover, as the influence of Joy Division over the years has only grown (check Interpol, She Wants Revenge, and many other bands of this era). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"Walk In Silence" R.I.P Ian.