SHORT LIFE - IAN CURTIS

February 3, 2010 – 4:03 am

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JOY DIVISION
Hulme 1979 [no label, 1CD]

Live at The Factory, Hulme, Manchester, UK, September 28, 1979. Good to very good soundboard.

When it comes to short lives, Joy Division’s Ian Curtis certainly ranks alongside other artists who died young. Joy Divison existed between 1976 and 1980, and during this time, Curtis’s lyrics helped to define JD as one of the most important groups of its time, apart from shining the spotlight on Manchester. With Joy Division, doom and gloom has never sounded this good.

This lossless set was initially shared at thepowerofindependenttrucking.blogspot with the following notes:

This is the legendary gig where Hooky thumped an audience member with his bass and stormed off the stage - unfortunately, this moment is not captured on this recording.

This gig features the original set of lyrics Ian Curtis wrote for “Colony” and, as a whole, is stellar sounding. Note that for whatever reason the mixing itself changes from wide stereo to mostly mono (but with effects spread across the stereo soundstage) about halfway through the tape, perhaps the mixing desk guy was having problems with the mix? Who knows but it isn’t really noticeable except in headphones, and even then doesn’t detract from the gig whatsoever.

Presented warts and all (several slight dropouts here and there, likely due to tape age and/or poor quality tape used in 1979 in the mixing desk). Please note that track 1, the soundcheck track, is not a mixing desk recording, but the gig itself is. Don’t let Track 1 fool you…

Ian Curtis hanged himself on May 18, 1980 - he was only 23. There have been a number of books, articles and even a movie trying to make sense of his life and art and still, one can only imagine what Curtis was going through when he wrote these lines:

Afraid to walk, afraid to look behind
Afraid to talk, afraid I’ll fall in line…
Can you hear me, can you spare the time?

- Colony

Thanks to the folk/s at thepowerofindependenttrucking.blogspot; and to tunic who shared the tracks at the Dime site.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Twenty Four Hours (detail, soundcheck) (2.2MB)
Track 02. Atmosphere (fades in) (3.3MB)
Track 03. Wilderness (4.1MB)
Track 04. Shadowplay (5.5MB)
Track 05. Insight (5.9MB)
Track 06. Colony (5.9MB)
Track 07. Twenty Four Hours (fades out, incomplete) (1.2MB)

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  1. One Response to “SHORT LIFE - IAN CURTIS”

  2. Joy Divison’s time was all too brief, so this welcome.

    By Jonathan on Feb 4, 2010

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