October 14, 2013 – 5:13 am

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Warsaw Remastered [from the original 1989 bootleg release on RZM]

Thanks to Analog Loyalist for the remastering efforts and for sharing the tracks on the net. Thanks also to SmashAndGrab for sharing this at The Pirate Bay.

Analog Loyalist notes:

…My remastering attempt of Joy Division’s legendary 1978 RCA album sessions bootleg Warsaw, from the original 1989 CD release on RZM. It’s critical to disregard any other known CD release of this bootleg, because the most common version, 1994’s Movie Play Gold CD issue of this, is flat-out terrible. Too (FAR too) bassy, low-quality source material, the works. I suspect the best bootleg version of this session is the original 1981 LP issue (also on RZM), but I don’t have a line on a decent transfer of it.

Legend has it that RZM is code for (Alan) Erasmus, an original Factory partner who, with Tony Wilson and Peter Saville, started Factory Records in 1978. The legend states that Erasmus (say it aloud, and then say R-Z-M) arranged the 1981 bootleg release of the aborted 1978 album, and then further arranged for the material’s first appearance on CD in 1989. Frankly, I believe it.

None of the CD releases of this set have been spectacular in sound quality. I think the problem is that the original tape was not that great, and that the mastering-for-CD process - possibly to disguise vinyl lineage, as I suspect that the original LP was the ultimate source for all the various CD issues - really clamped down on the upper midrange and higher frequencies. It’s always sounded muffled, and boomy (the 1994 Movie Play Gold release, with the baby on the cover, is the worst in this regard). I’ve fixed this. I’ve also fixed up some of the harsher song starts, as it’s easy in the digital domain (ain’t no ProToolin’ in 1978!) and the CD has a few of the intros cut off. Why did I fix them? Because the missed intro to “Transmission” has always bugged me, among others. “Interzone” too.

I think this is the best we’re going to get with this material. Already it blows the few tracks released on 1997’s Heart And Soul box set away, and unless someone leaks the original mixdown tape from the 1978 session, we won’t find better. That said, I do have a line on a dub of a band member’s personal cassette copy of this session, but I don’t have it handy and what I remember from listening to it when I did was that it wasn’t really all that much different or better than the ‘89 CD release…

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Track 01. The Drawback 1:44 (2.9MB)
Track 02. Leaders Of Men 2:22 (4.0MB)
Track 03. They Walked In Line 2:41 (4.5MB)
Track 04. Failures (Of The Modern Man) 2:31 (4.2MB)
Track 05. Novelty 3:51 (6.5MB)
Track 06. No Love Lost 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 07. Transmission 4:17 (7.2MB)
Track 08. (Living In The) Ice Age 2:25 (4.1MB)
Track 09. Interzone 2:10 (3.6MB)
Track 10. Warsaw 2:13 (3.7MB)
Track 11. Shadowplay 4:04 (6.8MB)

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  2. so is this a 2014 remaster?

    By darth on Oct 14, 2013

  3. Yes, it came here from the future.

    By Dingus on Oct 14, 2013

  4. its like he sits on the edge of his seat waiting for me to post. talk about psychopathic. i meant 2013. it was a typo.

    By darth on Oct 14, 2013

  5. lol @ Dingus. Maybe it’s really just the same as the older album and they added applause and the crowd.

    By horses ass on Oct 14, 2013

  6. jd didnt release it. they didnt try to perpetrate anything fraudulent on the public like depeche mode did. warsaw was a bootleg. the applause is genuine. in the case of dm it was track for track exactly identical to their official studio album. no differences.
    now if jd had done a studio album and then a live album came out shortly thereafter with no differences in the songs whatsoever except fake applause. with every single note being literally identical and every single song being exactly to the second the same length without a single exception.. no extra songs and no missing songs.. dont u think that maybe their fans might be a little skeptical? wouldnt u? wouldnt u wonder if maybe something was up? if u took the time to listen to the two side by side and realized there was no differences.. wouldnt u feel ripped off? im not telling u how to feel.. im asking u. instead of mocking me.. dont u think u should consider what i am saying?

    By darth on Oct 14, 2013

  7. darth, for god’s sake…………….SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Constructive Criticism and Friendly Advice on Oct 14, 2013

  8. i dont consider your advice or criticism friendly nor constructive. nor do i have any intention of shutting the fuck up. ive told u this before. u need to learn to pay better attention. if u dont like what im saying.. dont read it. u have options.. use them.

    By darth on Oct 14, 2013

  9. “instead of mocking me.. dont u think u should consider what i am saying?”
    We do, that’s why we mock U.

    “u have options.. use them.”
    One option is… mocking.
    Another is correcting your mistakes.
    A third is giving you constructive criticism and friendly advice.

    By Dingus on Oct 14, 2013

  10. its like he sits on the edge of his seat waiting for me to post. talk about psychopathic. i meant 2013. it was a typo.’

    he..or she is 8 years old darth-cut them some slack,lol

    By donkey breath bootlick on Oct 15, 2013

  11. Lordy, you people crack me up!

    By E on Oct 15, 2013

  12. you’re welcome E

    By donkey breath bootlick on Oct 15, 2013

  13. Timing of this post is great (thank you bigo) as a lot of current bands are showing a pronounced JD influence, with Savages being the strongest to my ear. Seems they pilfered their older siblings’ Joy Division, PiL and Throbbing Gristle LPs and updated those moves for the danger and schizophrenia of the 2010s.

    They played the El Rey here in LA not long ago and demolished the place. One of the best shows I’ve seen in the last ten years.

    By kingpossum on Oct 15, 2013

  14. donkey - it sure seems like it huh?

    By darth on Oct 15, 2013

  15. Thanks BigO, the sound really is very much improved. Cheers!

    By Felix on Oct 16, 2013

  16. Actual live footage of darth?

    By Innocent Bystander on Oct 16, 2013

  17. lol @ kingpossum … I was at that same El Rey Savages show and was bored senseless. One decent song and the rest all bluster and no substance.

    BigO - this is just the album … where is the free EP? (Exercise One/Insight/She’s Lost Control/Transmission)

    Also, are these MP3s straight from the original Analog Loyalist post? Because of the takedown order from Hooky I never grabbed what he had. Ah well, I have the original 1981 vinyl album anyway, no biggie.

    By Riot Nrrrd™ on Oct 19, 2013

  18. @Riot Nrrrd:

    Ha! That’s the beauty of music, man. It’s whatever it feels like or means to you.

    I got dragged to the same venue to see Victor Wooten and was not only extremely bored but was actually agitated by the sheer pointlessness of the technical display. All chops and no context. Like watching the dude practice. But there were those around me who reacted like it was messianic.

    By kingpossum on Oct 20, 2013

  19. Actual live footage of InnocentBystander?

    By Constructive Criticism and Friendly Advice on Nov 25, 2013

  20. Are you serious?? How much time did you waste going through the archives to do this? As much time as darth spends recording feeble crap on Ellen and The View?

    By lowend darthlick on Nov 25, 2013

  21. I have a cassette of Warsaw with a photo copyed cardboard insert. Could I sell this to someone.

    By Sharron on Jun 23, 2015

  22. prob if its still in working shape.. try ebay. expect no more than $5 but u could luck out and get twice that. that soft pad under the middle where the tape passes would be the first thing to worry about. if its still ok.. then youre ok.
    some jd singles and eps are worth serious cash. the day he killed himself was one month and just about a week ago 35 yrs ago.

    By darth on Jun 23, 2015

  23. btw.. new order is releasing their first album in a decade without peter hook. founding bassist. should be out any minute.

    By darth on Jun 23, 2015

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