Ad

Tracklist

Atrocity Exhibition6:03
Isolation2:53
Passover4:44
Colony3:52
A Means To An End4:04
Heart And Soul5:48
Twenty Four Hours4:26
The Eternal6:01
Decades6:08

Credits (7)

Notes

The second and final album by Joy Division, released on July 18, 1980 on Factory, two months after the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis.

The album was recorded from 18 to 30 March 1980 at Britannia Row Studios, Islington, London.

The LP features a photograph taken by Bernard Pierre Wolff (1978) which was captured at the Staglieno Cemetery located in Genova, Italy. It is a large emotional work created & sculpted by Demetrio Paernio in 1910 for the Appiani family tomb.

The 1980 and 1981 UK pressings have A1 / B-1 matrices with ‘OLD BLUE?’ inscribed on side A.
They come in two different vinyl variants:
– opaque black
– translucent dark red or dark green
This can only be differentiated when held against a strong light source. The translucency was a hallmark of Tranco / PRT.

Additionally, they are differentiated by having:
– either rough or smooth card outer sleeves
– either rough or smooth card inner sleeves
– either rounded or square-cornered inner sleeves

Among Tranco / PRT pressings, there is no correlation between vinyl colour and paper part variants.
These pressings have an elevated outer stamper ring.

The CBS pressings have smooth outer and inner sleeves, and are pressed on opaque black vinyl only.
These pressings have a broad stamper ring of 6.5 cm diameter.

145,091 copies were pressed in total up to 17 July 1981.
260,000 copies were pressed by the end of 1982.

UK re-releases and re-pressings:
1983 - 1985: A2 / B2 Townhouse / GG matrix (MVS or Carlton Productions (some brown translucent) or Linguaphone (with 25mm pressing ring) pressings).
1985: A3 / B3 Rc matrix (Linguaphone pressings (25mm pressing rings).
December 1985: Cassettes (cat# FACT 25c) - plastic cases and deluxe boxed.
April 1986: CD (cat# FACD 25),
1986: LP repressings with A3/B3 Rc matrix by Adrenalin (25mm rings).
1988: A3 / B3 Rc matrix Immediate Sound pressings (32,5mm rings).
July 1993: LP, MC, CD (cat# 520 015-1 / 2 / 4), with repressings in 1994, 1996 and 1998. The LP edition was only released in Greece (1993).
September 1999: CD (cat# 39842 8219-2), with repressings in 2005.
September 2007: LP (cat# 25646 4014 1) - 180 gram remaster in original artwork.
September 2007: CD (cat# 25646 9779 1) - Collector's Edition.
June 2015: LP (FACT 25R / 25646 1839 1) - Vinyl Collector Edition.
July 2020: LP (FACTXXV MMXX) 40th Anni Ltd Edition 180g Crystal Clear vinyl.

US releases:
March 1981: LP (cat# FACTUS 6).
November 1981: MC (cat# FACTUS 6C).
1987: CD (cat# FACTUS 6 CD), with repressings in 1988.
March 1989: LP, MC (cat# 9 25840-1 / 4).
June 1989: CD (cat# 9 25840-2), with CD repressings in 1997, 2002, 2005.
September 2007: LP (cat# RHI1 73394) - 180 gram remaster in original artwork.
September 2007: CD (cat# R2 330876) - Collector's Edition.
June 2015: LP (cat# R1-56282) - Vinyl Collector Edition.

Japanese releases:
July 1984: LP (cat# YX-7338-AX).
February 1989: CD (cat# 25CY-3101).
November 1993: CD (cat# POCD-1880).
March 2000: CD (cat# AMCE-6109).
June 2005: CD (cat# WPCR-75048).
March 2008: CD (cat# WPCR-12840/41) - Collector's Edition.

Versions

Filter by
    249 versions
    Image, In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory
    Version DetailsData Quality
    Cover of Closer, 1980-07-18, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Rounded Corners
    Factory – FACT∙XXV, Factory – FACT. 25UK1980UK1980
    Cover of Closer, 1980, VinylCloser
    LP, Album
    Factory – FACT∙XXV, Factory – FACT. 25Italy1980Italy1980
    Cover of Closer, 1980, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Stereo, Tranco Pressing
    Factory – FACT·XXV, Factory – FACT. 25UK1980UK1980
    Cover of Closer, 1980, CassetteCloser
    Cassette, Album, Orange Paper Labels
    Factory – FACT XXV MCItaly1980Italy1980
    Cover of Closer, 1980, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Misprint
    Factory – FACT∙XXV, Factory – FACT. 25Italy1980Italy1980
    Cover of Closer, 1980, VinylCloser
    LP, Album
    Factory – FACT∙XXV, Factory – FACT. 25Ireland1980Ireland1980
    Cover of Closer, 1980, CassetteCloser
    Cassette, Album, Orange Paper Labels, Grey Shell
    Factory – FACT XXV MCItaly1980Italy1980
    Cover of Closer, 1980, CassetteCloser
    Cassette, Album, Orange Paper Labels, Cream Shell
    Factory – FACT XXV MCItaly1980Italy1980
    Cover of Closer, 1980, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Repress, CBS Pressing
    Factory – FACT∙XXV, Factory – FACT. 25UK1980UK1980
    Cover of Closer, 1980, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Straight Corners, Translucent
    Factory – FACT·XXV, Factory – FACT. 25UK1980UK1980
    Cover of Closer, 1981, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Stereo
    Factory – 0060.361, Factory – FACT XXVGermany1981Germany1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981-07-00, VinylCloser
    LP, Album
    Factory (US) – FACTUS VI, Factory (US) – FACTUS 6US1981US1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981-06-19, VinylCloser
    LP, Album
    Factory – FACD OI, Factory – FACD. 01Canada1981Canada1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Pre-final
    GAP Records – FACOZ 1001, Factory – FACOZ 1001Australia1981Australia1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981-11-00, CassetteCloser
    Cassette, Album
    Factory (US) – FACTUS VI CUS1981US1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981, CassetteCloser
    Cassette, Album
    Factory – TC-FACOZ 1001Australia1981Australia1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981-12-00, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Stereo
    Factory – 201882, Factory – 201 882, Factory – FACT XXVFrance1981France1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981, VinylCloser
    LP, Album
    Factory – FACT XXV, Factory – FACT.25Scandinavia1981Scandinavia1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981-08-00, CassetteCloser
    Cassette, Album
    Factory – FACTC25, Factory – FACTC 25New Zealand1981New Zealand1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981-02-00, VinylCloser
    LP, Album
    Factory – FACOZ 1001Australia1981Australia1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, White Label
    GAP Records – FACOZ 1001Australia1981Australia1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981-08-24, VinylCloser
    LP, Album
    Factory – FACT∙XXV, Factory – FACT. 25New Zealand1981New Zealand1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981, VinylCloser
    LP, Album
    Factory – FACT XXV, Factory Benelux – FACT XXV, Factory – FACT. 25, Factory Benelux – FACT. 25Belgium1981Belgium1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981, CassetteCloser
    Cassette, Album
    Edigsa – 19C0094, Factory – 19C0094Spain1981Spain1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Stereo
    Edigsa – 19L0094, Edigsa – 19L0094 5, Factory – FACT XXVSpain1981Spain1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981, CassetteCloser
    Cassette, Album
    Factory – FACD 401Canada1981Canada1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Repress, Stereo, Lyntone Pressing
    Factory – FACT∙XXV, Factory – FACT. 25UK1981UK1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981, VinylCloser
    LP, Album
    Factory – FACT∙XXV, Factory – FACT. 25Benelux1981Benelux1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Repress, Stereo, Straight Corners
    Factory – FACT∙XXV, Factory – FACT. 25UK1981UK1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981, VinylCloser
    LP, Album
    Factory – FACT XXV, Factory – FACT.25Scandinavia1981Scandinavia1981
    Cover of Closer, 1981, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, Square Corners
    Factory – FACT XXV, Factory – FACT•XXV, Factory – FACT. 25UK1981UK1981
    Cover of Closer, 1982-04-00, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Stereo
    Factory – VFACT 111-2Portugal1982Portugal1982
    Cover of Closer, 1982-04-00, CassetteCloser
    Cassette, Album
    Factory – VFACT 112-2, Vimúsica – VFACT 112-2Portugal1982Portugal1982
    Cover of Closer, 1982-04-00, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Stereo
    Factory – VFACT 111-2Portugal1982Portugal1982
    Cover of Closer, 1982, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, White Label
    Factory – VFACT 111-2Portugal1982Portugal1982
    Cover of Closer, 1982, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Stereo
    Factory – VFACT 111-2Portugal1982Portugal1982
    Cover of Closer, 1983, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Reissue
    Factory – FACT XXV, Factory – FACT.25, Factory – VR 22495Netherlands1983Netherlands1983
    Cover of Closer, 1983, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Repress, A2/B2, MVS, Textured Inner
    Factory – FACT∙XXV, Factory – FACT. 25UK1983UK1983
    Cover of Closer, 1983, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, A2/B2, MVS, Glossy Inner
    Factory – FACT∙XXV, Factory – FACT. 25UK1983UK1983
    Cover of Closer, 1983, VinylCloser
    LP, Album, Repress, Carlton Pressing
    Factory – FACT∙XXV, Factory – FACT. 25UK & Ireland1983UK & Ireland1983

    Recommendations

    Reviews

    • marilynmonraygun's avatar
      I believe this is the version I have, but there are no matrix etchings and I am having a hell of a time trying to find anything about that on the internet. Any ideas?
      • manuel_lening's avatar
        manuel_lening
        The truth is that it sounds pretty bad, it seems like a used vintage record, although I bought it new and sealed! Does anyone have more information about this edition? is it a fake? Is it an authorized edition?
        • rafodiforsi's avatar
          rafodiforsi
          What an awesome pressing. So dynamic and punchy sound. Mine looks brown translucent, but at the end it seems to depend on the light source.
          • lype_11's avatar
            lype_11
            Edited 2 days ago
            This 1st German pressing may not have the ”authenticity” factor of its UK counterpart but sound wise this is exceptionally good. The soundstage is airy and big. However, even more this is about the vast space between the instruments (as intended by Martin Hannet), a feature which lends this Edward Hopperian feel of urban isolation and angst. All this consistent with the music and maybe also the story of the band. But, alas, there was and is hope. We have New Order as a proof of that. In any case, what we've got here is painfully beautiful music and a great pressing.
            • wongtong's avatar
              wongtong
              Edited one month ago
              This is an amazing pressing for the price. Quiet and dynamic. I was more of an Unknown Pleasures type of person. But this album suddenly clicked recently and I think that I now prefer it over Unknown Pleasures. Listening to this album on vinyl reinforces this to me. Songs like Heart and Soul and The Eternal really sound immersive on this format. Great mastering. The drums sound stellar and the low end is tight. Would definitely recommend this to a friend. Timeless record.
              • Sergekdesign's avatar
                Sergekdesign
                This is the best pressing of this album so far, great separations, bass and dynamics even in comparssing with first UK. Packaging magical as well with the thick cardboard sleeve and beautiful Obi design.
                • netram's avatar
                  netram
                  Very nice reissue. The artwork is on point and it sounds awesome.
                  • Wooster_OX4's avatar
                    Wooster_OX4
                    Hi I am looking for help in selling a copy of closer on vinyl. Can't work out what year it was pressed & side B has been pressed on both sides, wondering if this is worth anything to collectors? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
                    • Alexandria_Librarian's avatar
                      Hot damn, this sounds amazing! Picked up my go-to Joy Division album, Unknown Pleasures, on Tonpress and picked this up along with it as an afterthought. I dare say, I "get" how brilliant this record is for the first time. The DMM really sings on this one. My copy also has very little surface noise. Very worth grabbing if you find one in good shape!
                      • jimhb's avatar
                        jimhb
                        This is a very good pressing. I highly recommend it.

                        Master Release

                        For sale on Discogs

                        Sell a copy

                        Statistics

                        • Avg Rating:4.53 / 5
                        • Ratings:9971
                        Ad

                        Videos (30)

                        Edit
                        Ad
                        Ad