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UNKNOWN PLEASURES

01. Disorder
Duration: 3.24

Studio: Strawberry Studio – Stockport (UK)
Recording date:
Friday 30 March–mid April 1979

06. She's lost control
Duration: 3.50

Studio: Strawberry Studio – Stockport (UK)
Recording date:
Friday 30 March–mid April 1979


02. Day of the lords
Duration: 4.40

Studio: Strawberry Studio – Stockport (UK)
Recording date:
Friday 30 March–mid April 1979


07. Shadowplay
Duration: 3.47

Studio: Strawberry Studio – Stockport (UK)
Recording date:
Friday 30 March–mid April 1979


03. Candidate
Duration: 2.53

Studio: Strawberry Studio – Stockport (UK)
Recording date:
Friday 30 March–mid April 1979


08. Wilderness
Duration: 2.33

Studio: Strawberry Studio – Stockport (UK)
Recording date:
Friday 30 March–mid April 1979


04. Insight
Duration: 4.14

Studio: Strawberry Studio – Stockport (UK)
Recording date:
Friday 30 March–mid April 1979


09. Interzone
Duration: 2.12

Studio: Strawberry Studio – Stockport (UK)
Recording date:
Friday 30 March–mid April 1979


05. New dawn fades
Duration: 4.44

Studio: Strawberry Studio – Stockport (UK)
Recording date:
Friday 30 March–mid April 1979


10. I remember nothing
Duration: 5.44

Studio: Strawberry Studio – Stockport (UK)
Recording date:
Friday 30 March–mid April 1979


 

DETAILS

Line-up: Ian Curtis | Peter Hook | Stephen Morris | Bernard Sumner

Producer: Martin Hannett
Sound e
ngineers: Martin Hannett | Chris Nagle

Total duration: 38.01 minutes


 

NOTES

The studio session [Friday 30 March–mid April 1979] and initial 10 000 copies of the album were financed by Tony Wilson

The tracks Autosuggestion and From safety to where...? were recorded initially as part of Unknown Pleasures, but were rejected and appeared later on Fast's Earcom 2: Contradiction


 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Sleeve (point your mouse on the sleeve to see its back)

 


UK: Factory Communications Ltd
CD (April 1986)


UK: Factory Records
LP labels (June 1979)


Lithuania: Zona Records
LP labels (1992)

 


New Zealand: RTC
MC

 


USA: Factory Records US Product
LP inner sleeve (July 1980)

Design: Joy Division | Peter Saville | Chris Mathan
Inner photography: Ralph Gibson


 

GROOVE NOTATIONS

A: This is the way [from the song Atrocity exhibition]
B: Step inside [from the song
Atrocity exhibition]

The only other pressing of this album with groove notations is the vinyl from USA:
A: This is the way [from the song
Atrocity exhibition]
B: I've been looking for a guide [from the song
Disorder]


 

MEMORIES

Initially, I disliked Unknown Pleasures. As I became familiar with the lyrics, I worried that Ian was retreating to the depression of his teenage years. He had been inordinately kind to me during my pregnancy and yet these lyrics had been written at the same time. 'But I remember when we were young' [from the song Insight]Ian sounded old, as if he had lived a lifetime in his youth. After pondering over the words to New dawn fades, I broached the subject with Ian, trying to make him confirm that they were only lyrics and bore no resemblance to his true feelings. It was a one-sided conversation. He refused to confirm or deny any of the points raised and he walked out of the house
(Source: Deborah CurtisTouching from a distance)

Sourced from page 111 of the Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Astronomy, the image on the cover represents the radio waves emitted from a collapsed star. Saville shows an acute sensibility to form through his handling of the image – the diagram is not overstated, but instead floats in deep space with all typographic information put on the back cover
(Source: Matthew Robertson – Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album)


 

WORLDWIDE RELEASES

CD

UK: Factory Communications Ltd (FACD 10) – April 1986: "Car Carry Case" (cardboard sleeve limited edition) also available
UK: CentreDate Co Ltd (520 016-2)
– 1992: glossy paper sleeve
UK: London Records 90 Ltd (520 016-2)
– 1994: repressed under CentreDate Co Ltd's catalogue reference
Australia: Factory Records Australasia (FACD 10)
– June 1986: import from France on Factory Records/MPO, with sticker on jewel case
Australia: Festival Records Pty. Ltd Australia (D 30404)
Australia: Warner Music Australia (3984282232)
– 1992: sticker on jewel case
Benelux: Factory Records Benelux (FACD 10)
Benelux: Dureco Holland (FAC 102)
Canada: PolyGram Group Canada Inc. (830 812-2)
Europe: Warner Manufacturing Europe (3984 28223 2)
– December 1999
France: Barclay/PMDC (BA 900)
France: Factory Records/MPO (MPO 01)
Germany: Rough Trade Records GmbH (RTDCD 67): some CD were pressed under title Unknown Pleasure (on sleeve and on CD)
Japan: East West Japan Inc. (AMCE-6108)
– March 2001
Japan: Nippon Columbia Co. Ltd (25CY-3101)
– 1985; reissued in 1989
Japan: Polydor K.K. (POCD-1879)
– 1992; reissued in November 1995: promo version also available (with sticker on jewel case)
Poland: Sonic (Son 10)
– 1992
USA: BMG Direct Marketing Inc. (D 102676)
USA: Qwest Records/Warner Bros. Records Inc. (9 25840-2)
– Tuesday 14 March 1989: also available in a long cardboard sleeve

LP

UK: Factory Records (FACT 10) – June 1979: some of these were mispressed with Alan Parson's album on one side; repressed in July 1980 and in July 1982
Australia: Gap Records/EMI Australia Ltd (FACOZ 1003) – June 1981
Benelux: Factory Records Benelux (FACT 10)
Brazil: Stiletto Records (LP.3028)
Canada: PolyGram Group Canada Inc. (830 812-1/SNB 230)
– June 1981
France: Virgin France SA (first pressing: 70163/PM 254; second pressing: 201883/AE 260): two different pressings available
Germany: Metronome Musik GmbH (0060.362)
Germany: Rough Trade Records GmbH (RTD 67)
– 1988
Greece: Virgin Records/EMI Greece SA (VG 50102)
Italy: Base Records (FAC 10)
Japan: Nippon Columbia Co. Ltd (YX-7337-AX)
– 1984: promo version also available
Lithuania: Zona Records (ZN006)
– 1992
New Zealand: EMI Records New Zealand Limited (FACOZ 1003)
New Zealand: Rough Trade/Gap Records/EMI Records New Zealand Limited (FACOZ 1003)
Poland: TonPress (SX-T 107): some of these were mispressed with a Russian female singer on both sides
Spain: Edigsa (10L0106)
– 1981
Sweden: NCB (FACT-10)
USA: Factory Records US Product (FACTUS I) – July 1980: also available on blue smoked vinyl
USA: Factory Records US Product/RTI (FACTUS I) – 1987: test pressing also available
USA: Qwest Records/Warner Bros. Records Inc. (9 25840-1): promo version also available

MC

UK: Factory Records (FACT 10C) – 1981
Australia: Factory Records Australasia (FACT 10C)
Australia: Gap Records/EMI Australia Ltd (TC-FACOZ 1003): limited edition of 500 copies
Brazil: Estúdio Eldorado (3.028/CBS 43.203.520)
Canada: PolyGram Group Canada Inc. (830 812-4)
– July 1985
France: Virgin France SA (50163/PM 454)
Greece: Virgin/EMI Greece SA (VG 50102/MT 11955)
Indonesia: PT. aquarius Musikindo (TC-FACTC 10/EF 006/9)
Italy: Base Record (FACT 10C MC)
Netherlands: CentreDate Co Ltd (520 016-4)
New Zealand: EMI Records New Zealand Limited (TCFACOZ 1003 – code 32): "EMI" logo reads "EWI" on spine
New Zealand: RTC (FACTC10)
Poland: MG Records (MG 0684)
USA: Factory Records US Product (FACTUS 1C)
– 1987
USA: Qwest Records/Warner Bros. Records Inc. (9 25840-4)
– 1989
USA: Rough Trade (FACTUS 1C)

MC-box

UK: Factory Communications Ltd (FACT 10C) – 1985: limited edition in purple box
Canada: PolyGram Group Canada Inc. (FACT 10C) – July 1985


 

PRESS REVIEWS

New Musical Express (UK) (Saturday 14 July 1979) – review written by Max Bell

Sounds (UK) (Saturday 14 July 1979) – review written by Dave McCullough

Melody Maker (UK) (Saturday 21 July 1979) – review written by Jon Savage

Record Mirror (UK) (Saturday 21 July 1979) – review written by Mike Nicholls

Oor (Netherlands) (Wednesday 22 August 1979) – review written by Paul Evers

Smash Hits (UK) (Thursday 6–Wednesday 19 September 1979) – review written by Redd Star

Humo (Belgium) (Thursday 20 September 1979) – review written by J.T.

Rockerilla (Italy) (October 1979) – review written by Sandro Priarone

Alternative Sounds Telegraph (UK) (November 1979) – review written by Helen

New York Rocker (USA) (November 1979) – review written by Ralph Buonagura

Trouser Press (USA) (April 1980) – review written by Alec Ross

Record Mirror (UK) (Saturday 3 January 1981)

Melody Maker (UK) (Saturday 28 March 1981)

Rolling Stone (USA) (Thursday 25 May 1981) – review written by Mikal Gilmore

Rock & Folk (France) (October 1986) – review written by Philippe Blanchet

Magazyn Muzyczny (Poland) (May 1989) – review written by Arkadiusz Praglowski

New Musical Express (UK) (Saturday 3 July 1993) – review written by Danny Frost: mention "10 - Classic"; reviews of Closer, Still and Substance also included

Tylko Rock (Poland) (August 1993) – review written by Grzesiek Kszczotek: reviews of Closer, Still and Substance also included

New Musical Express (UK) (Saturday 11 September 1993): ranked #4 in New Musical Express' list of the "Greatest Albums Of The 70s"

Q (UK) (September 1993): mention "5 Stars - Indispensable"

Select (UK) (September 1993) – review written by Stuart Maconie

New Musical Express (UK) (Saturday 2 October 1993): ranked #43 in New Musical Express' list of the "Greatest Albums Of All Time"

Pop + Rock (Greece) (July 1995) – review written by Nikoç Mnociváknç: reviews of Closer, Still and Substance also included

Rock De Lux (Spain) (March 1998) – review written by Jesús Llorente

Late For The Sky (Italy) (September 1999) – review written by Pier Angelo Cantů

Q (UK) (June 2000): ranked #19 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums"

New Musical Express (UK) (Saturday 12 August 2000): ranked #10 in New Musical Express' "Top 30 Heartbreak Albums"

Spin (USA) (May 2001): ranked #11 in Spin's "50 Most Essential Punk Records"

Mojo (UK) (September 2001)

Rolling Stone (USA) (Thursday 11 April 2002): ranked #24 in Rolling Stone's "50 Coolest Records"

Mojo (UK) (March 2003): ranked #26 in Mojo's "Top 50 Punk Albums"

Mojo (UK) (June 2003) – review written by John McCready

Spin (USA) (May 2005)

Tate (UK) (Summer 2007) – review written by Jon Wozencroft