31 March 2010

Numbers

She's Lost Control will be posted tomorrow. Here are the Recycle stats to date (beginning 4 August 2009):

1. Ceremony - 2969 (downloads)
2. Touched By The Hand Of God - 2616
3. The Perfect Kiss - 2488
4. Temptation - 2472
5. Everything's Gone Green - 2427
6. Blue Monday - 2403
7. Shellshock - 2382
8. Bizarre Love Triangle - 2374
9. Subculture - 2319
10. Procession - 2295
11. Confusion - 2291
12. Thieves Like Us - 2222
13. True Faith - 2208
14. Murder - 2071
15. State Of The Nation - 2057
16. World In Motion - 2045
17. Blue Monday '88 - 1943
18. Run 2 - 1919
19. Round & Round - 1902
20. Fine Time - 1842 (aww, really? I love that single!)
21. An Ideal For Living - 1649
22. Transmission - 1593
23. A Factory Sample - 1482
24. Licht Und Blindheit - 1390
25. Love Will Tear Us Apart - 1343
26. Komakino - 1166

11 March 2010

JD Recycle 6: Komakino



[Link removed 20 November 2012] (24 MB)

Joy Division
Komakino
Factory Records Fac 28
Produced by Martin Hannett
April 1980

Tracklisting:

01 Komakino
02 Incubation
03 As You Said

1, 2 sourced from Nippon Columbia Japan CD
Substance COCY-9332
3 sourced from London Records CD box set
Heart And Soul 828 968-2

Thanks again to Craigie for scanning assistance.

Here are the notes from
Mr. A.L., who is doing the mastering:

A record you could simply get free by walking into a record shop and asking for it. Granted it was a shoddy flexidisc, but free? In those pre-filesharing days, legally this was something.

And the first track is among the band's best ever. A very oppressive, dense, kinetic track that by all rights should have been on
Closer. Bernard lets it rip a bit towards the end (feedback rather prominent in the mix), and Ian's lyric is amongst his most emotive and prophetic. "As the questions arise and the answers don't fit into my way of things", indeed. The next obvious step would be to say, well, what next? And we all know what came next.

Incubation comes off as more of a disposable guitar workout, with Ian's hyper strumming throughout - I wonder why Ian never saw fit to match a lyric to the tune, as the tune itself is kind of unique.

As You Said, a track that could be as much a Hannett composition as a Curtis/Hook/Morris/Sumner one for all the crazy effects on the track, was taken from the box set because that's the only digital version not sourced from scratchy flexi plastic. The box set compilers actually were able to source the 1/4" master tape and use it for the box, so it made sense to grab the track from there.

Minor EQ and volume adjustments only.


To me, As You Said is a clear "eff off" to the deniers who say Joy Division would never have gotten into all that synthy disco bullshit. The signs were there. I'd never heard the track until sometime in the early 90's when I managed to acquire a copy of the flexidisc, but I recognized it right away because it was beautifully sampled by Meat Beat Manifesto and used as the rhythm bed to Hello Teenage America on their 1990 album
99%. MBM is another of the bands I've followed obsessively (see also: Nitzer Ebb, The Cure, Depeche Mode).

10 March 2010

JD Recycle 5: Love Will Tear Us Apart



[Link removed 20 November 2012] (49 MB)

Joy Division
Love Will Tear Us Apart
Factory Records Fac 23
Produced by Martin Hannett
April 1980

Tracklisting:

01 Love Will Tear Us Apart
02 These Days
03 Love Will Tear Us Apart (Pennine/alternate version)
04 The Sound Of Music
05 Love Will Tear Us Apart (1995 Don Gehman Radio Mix)
06 Love Will Tear Us Apart (1995 Arthur Baker Remix)

1, 2 sourced from Nippon Columbia Japan CD
Substance COCY-9332
3 sourced from 1988 Factory Records CD single Atmosphere Facd213
4 sourced from Nippon Columbia Japan CD
Still COCY-9331
5, 6 sourced from 1995 London/PolyGram Canada CD single Love Will Tear Us Apart 422 850 129-2

Thanks to Josef, Ken, Craigie, and Dave for sleuthing and scanning assistance.

Here are the notes from
Mr. A.L., who is doing the mastering:

Ask any random stranger on the street to name a Joy Division track, and if they actually come up with an answer, it's usually this single.

Not much I need to add, though for punters who think the jaunty music is the band's signature style based on this song alone, obviously they've not done enough digging into the catalog. An utterly incongruous match between such jolly, Radio 1-esque music and one of Ian's bleaker lyrical contributions - perhaps that's why it works so well?

Track 1 was largely recorded at Strawberry Studios, Stockport in February/March 1980 with the vocals tightened up during the March 1980
Closer sessions at London's Britannia Row Studios. Ian famously modeled his vocals after Frank Sinatra, per Tony Wilson's suggestion. Tracks 2, 3 and 4 were recorded in January 1980 at Pennine Sound Studios, Oldham, and because the band never agreed on the quality of this original LWTUA interpretation, re-recorded it as per Track 1.

Track 2 was recently discovered to be not pitched correctly, so please keep an eye on
The Power Of Independent Trucking for a repitched variant (giving it much more of a sonorous depth than the too-fast common version).

Tracks 5 and 6, largely disposable, came about during the first wave of JD renaissance retro fashion in 1995, upon the release of Debbie Curtis' "Touching From A Distance" and the first London-era JD compilation, the useless
Permanent. Neither interpretation strengthens the song though Gehman (known for his work with John Cougar Mellencamp and R.E.M.) does bring up the acoustic elements a bit (too much?), and Baker's effort does give the track a bit of a dance feel.

Minor EQ and volume adjustments only.


I actually like Arthur Baker's remix a lot, and will occasionally close out one of my DJ sets with it. Another remix which was commissioned (but rejected) at the time is by Trouser Enthusiasts (Ian Masterson). I find it laughably inappropriate, but if you want to hear it, download
this (192 kbps MP3, 10MB).