Heart and soul. Joy Division

The title and concept was by Rob Gretton, Peter Hook, Steve Morris, Peter Saville and Bernard Sumner. The CD by CD breakdown was by Nick Stewart and Jon Savage. The track selection was by Jon Savage, with assistance from Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner and Jon Wozencroft. Tape assembly, editing and remastering was by Andy Robinson, with assis- tance from Jon Wozencroft and Liam Mullen. The project was coordinated by Rebecca Boulton.

Joy Division have a small but hitherto awkwardly compiled catalogue. The basic idea was to tidy up all the outtakes and single releases randomly collected on Still and Substance and place them with their respective signature albums on the first two CD's: "Unknown Pleasures Plus" and "Closer Plus". The third CD would then collect further outtakes, demos and radio sessions with the early, thrashier Warsaw era material.

It was decided to edit down the unissued/rare material for reasons of space and quality: for instance, only three of the eleven songs recorded for the unreleased RCA album have
been included. There is nothing from the group's first 6/77 demo session. The two Peel Sessions have been edited down to three tracks: the full sessions have been generally available on CD. Walked in line, although previously released, was held over from CD1 for reasons of space. Other tracks - notably Digital from the Genetic demos, and Atrocity exhibition from the 6/79 Piccadilly Radio - have been left off to avoid excessive reduplication. The rehearsals of Ceremony and In a lonely place came from a tape pro- vided by Peter Hook: they are the best available versions.

CD four would then comprise completely unissued live mate- rial: it was decided not to include the 10/77 At a later date (from the 1978 Short Circuit LP), the 4/80 Sister ray, and the 5/80 Birmingham concert issued in full on Still. (Still is available on a separate CD.) Having listened to about thirty soundboard tapes recorded at Joy Division concerts during 1979 and 1980 (almost none exist prior to that date), com- paratively little is of releasable quality, and the resulting track selection represents the best material available.
The eleven Factory tracks come from a sell-out, home-turf concert shortly after Unknown Pleasures was released to rave reviews. The Hulme Factory had a capacity of about 450 people: these recordings represent Joy Division at their first peak, in a small, intimate space. The YMCA recording of Autosuggestion reflects the group's dreamier side, as does the Bournemouth I remember nothing which, along with Colony and These days, is taken from one of the final concerts on the 10/11/79 Buzzcocks tour.

Together with the three Bournemouth tracks, the final five songs from a triumphant Lyceum show - just before the end of two months touring in the UK and Europe - show how well Joy Division adapted to bigger halls. Just as the Factory concert took Unknown Pleasures as its base, so do these Lyceum tracks offer alternative readings of songs soon to be recorded for Closer. It might be worth remembering that the time frame of this live CD is only seven and a half months.