Joy Division ‎– Closer

Factory ‎– FACT∙XXV, Factory ‎– FACT. 25, Factory ‎– FACT·XXV·MMXX
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Repress, Stereo, Clear [Crystal Clear], 180 Gram


A1 Atrocity Exhibition
A2 Isolation
A3 Passover
A4 Colony
A5 A Means To An End
B1 Heart And Soul
B2 Twenty Four Hours
B3 The Eternal
B4 Decades

Companies, etc.



40th anniversary edition.

Includes a plastic lined inner sleeve as well as a printed inner sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned - Sticker): 190295269456
  • Barcode (Text - Sticker): 0 190295 269456
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): 0825646183913 S=T BE77814 A1 1+v
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched): 0825646183913 BE77814 01 B1

Other Versions (5 of 215) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FACT∙XXV, FACT. 25 Joy Division Closer(LP, Album, Rou) Factory, Factory FACT∙XXV, FACT. 25 UK 1980 Sell This Version
FACT∙XXV, FACT. 25, JDC 02 Joy Division Closer(LP, Album, Unofficial, Pur) Factory (2), Factory (2), Factory (2) FACT∙XXV, FACT. 25, JDC 02 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
FACT∙XXV, FACT. 25 Joy Division Closer(LP, Album, RE) Factory, Factory FACT∙XXV, FACT. 25 Benelux 1988 Sell This Version
190295 264437 Joy Division Closer(9xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM, 40t) Warner Music UK 190295 264437 Europe 2020
FACT 25, FACT XXV Joy Division Closer(LP, Album, MP) Factory, Factory FACT 25, FACT XXV UK 1984 Sell This Version


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October 25, 2020

Since it claims the 2015's copyright I guess they've used the same cut from 2007 remasters they made for 2015 black vinyl, then 2017 white vinyl edition and now the clear edition, all of them pressed at Optimal. So if you get any of them I guess you'll have a similar experience. To me ears it sounds really good. specially drum & bass. So if you don't own the 2015 or 2017 editions this is a good choice. My only complain is that a I had to return my first copy because it had a serious skipping scratch on side B, and now the second copy came with some noise on side A (that I didn't hear in my first) so I guess it needs cleaning. I've always respect Optimal as one of the best pressing plants, but it looks like s..t happens in Optimal too! Good luck!


October 20, 2020

Excellent! No more words to describe this pressing. Absolute high quality.


October 13, 2020

bought today, easily the best sounding record I own, wouldn't be able to hear any background/surfacenoise if I tried.


October 9, 2020
It is amazing how good record production is becoming. This is such a high quality pressing.


September 16, 2020
Is this still the same mastering as previous reissues or is it different?


September 8, 2020
Hey together.
Today I received my "Closer" copy but I can't find any numbers concerning the limited issue.
Perhaps I should check my glasses but can anybody help me, please.
Thanks very much and greetings.

I'll leave a review when the copy is washed and I have the leisure to listen to it ;-)


August 29, 2020

I foolishly bought the 2015 reissue, which I think is mastered from CD. This reissue is a definite improvement. Excellent sounding pressing.


July 31, 2020
edited 3 months ago

I have a '89 promo copy and while comparing the sound, I found the biggest difference to be the bass. The bass on this pressing is deeper and lower than my '89 pressing. The snare on the new pressing has more reverb, while the original has brighter tone and is more "in your face". Overall, I prefer this pressing much more. The increased bass really makes tracks like Passover standout more.


July 27, 2020
edited 3 months ago

My copy sounds great. Side 1 is just a little off-center, but frankly that's not a problem with this band's music. They already have a pretty wavy, pitch-bendy sound. No other issues with my pressing.

Do not listen to the folks who say this record skips. They're playing it on a Crosley or an LP60, not a serious turntable. Any record could skip on those junk Urban Outfitters players.

Interestingly, of the four "official" early Joy Division releases (I'm counting Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Still, Substance), I find this one to be the weakest. Of course I'm speaking in relative terms. It's very good, but I prefer the freshness of Unknown Pleasures, the rocking tracks on Still, or the interesting tidbits on Substance. Glad to have it, but I'll probably spin the others before I spin this one again. At times it's a bit heavy, and I wonder where their music would have gone had Curtis survived-- perhaps the even darker places that The Cure went are a clue.


July 27, 2020

Absolute pure quality - a dynamic and clean pressing that does this gem justice. Highly recommended.