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.