Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures [LP] (Ruby Red Vinyl, 40th Anniversary Edition, alternative white textured cover, limited)
40th Anniversary Limited Edition!
Classic Debut Album On 180g Ruby Red Vinyl!
Unknown Pleasures is the debut studio album by English rock band Joy Division. It was recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport in April 1979, with Martin Hannett as producer, and was released on June 15, 1979 by Factory Records. This limited edition 40th anniversary version of Unknown Pleasures is released almost forty years to the day after it was originally released. The LP is pressed on 180g ruby red vinyl with an alternative white sleeve resembling the original design idea. It's a celebration of one of the most important albums of our time as well as a landmark in music/design crossover history. One of the most significant debuts of all time, the album's legacy continues to endure.
Formed in 1977, Joy Division (guitarist Bernard Albrecht, bassist Peter Hook, drummer Stephen Morris, and vocalist Ian Curtis) helped usher in the post-punk movement with their haunting melodies and melancholy lyrics. By incorporating synthesizers into their music, they paved the way for an entire generation of bands who would soon follow in their footsteps. The band released two classic albums, 1979's Unknown Pleasures and 1980's Closer as well as several singles, before Curtis' suicide on the eve of their first American tour. Following Curtis' death, Albrecht (now Sumner), Hook and Morris continued as New Order, achieving critical and commercial success.
"...the ten songs inside, quite simply, are stone-cold landmarks, the whole album a monument to passion, energy, and cathartic despair...All visceral, all emotional, all theatrical, all perfect -- one of the best albums ever." -Ned Raggett, allmusic.com
"Simply one of the best records ever made" - NME
• 40th Anniversary Limited Edition
• Ruby Red Vinyl
• 180g Vinyl
• Alternative white album cover with textured sleeve
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