Joy Division ‎– Unknown Pleasures

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Initial run of 10,000 copies was housed in a textured cover, pressed by the WEA pressing plant in West Drayton and sold until October 1979. Another 10,000 copies were sold until Mid 1980. Reissued / repressed again in July 1980 (so that until July 1981, 77.523 copies were pressed in total). The Townhouse edition is from late 1980. Later confirmed represses from 1981 and 1983.

Peaked at # 71 in the UK Album Charts in August 1980.

Recorded in April 1979 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport. Also recorded during these sessions were the tracks "Autosuggestion" and "From Safety To Where...?" (both released on Earcom 2) as well as "Exercise One", "The Only Mistake", "Walked In Line" and "The Kill" (all later released on Still).

Outside is side A and Inside is side B. This however got mixed up by the pressing plant, assigning Outside = B and Inside = A in the runouts.

The centre sleeve depicts "100 consecutive pulses from the pulsar CP 1919", taken from an image that Bernard Sumner found in 'The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Astronomy' (page 111, 1977 edition), which was a reproduction of a visualization created by Harold D. Craft, Jr., for his dissertation “Radio Observations of the Pulse Profiles and Dispersion Measures of Twelve Pulsars,” (September 1970).

UK re-releases and re-pressings:
June 1985: Cassettes (cat# FACT 10c) - boxed and plastic cases.
April 1986: CD (cat# FACD 10).
July 1993: MC, CD (cat# 520 016-2 / 4), with repressings in 1994, 1996 and 1998.
January 2000: CD (cat# 39842 8223-2), with repressings in 2005.
September 2007: LP (cat# 25646 4015 1) - 180 gram remaster in original artwork.
September 2007: CD (cat# 25646 9778 9) - Collector's Edition.
June 2015: LP (FACT 10R / 25646 1839 0) - Vinyl Collector Edition.
June 2019: LP (FACT 10 40) - White sleeve/Red vinyl edition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of release

US releases:
October 1980: LP, MC (cat# FACTUS 1 / FACTUS 1C), with LP repressings in 1987.
March 1989: LP, MC (cat# 9 25840-1 / 4).
June 1989: CD (cat# 9 25840-2) with CD repressings in 1994, 1997, 2005.
September 2007: LP (cat# RHI1 73395) - 180 gram remaster in original artwork.
September 2007: CD (cat# R2 331260) - Collector's Edition.
June 2015: LP (cat# R1-465628) - Vinyl Collector Edition.

Japanese releases:
July 1984: LP (cat# YX-7337-AX).
February 1989: CD (cat# 25CY-3101).
November 1993: CD (cat# POCD-1879).
March 2000: CD (cat# AMCE-6108).
June 2005: CD (cat# WPCR-75047).
March 2008: CD (cat# WPCR-12838/9) - Collector's Edition.

International licensing for Australia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Germany was done in 1980.

Tracklist

Outside
Disorder 3:36
Day Of The Lords 4:43
Candidate 3:00
Insight 4:00
New Dawn Fades 4:47
Inside
She’s Lost Control 3:40
Shadowplay 3:50
Wilderness 2:35
Interzone 2:10
I Remember Nothing 6:00

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Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Unknown Pleasures (LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Rhino Records RHI1 73395 US 2007
Unknown Pleasures (LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Factory FACT 10R Europe 2015
Unknown Pleasures (LP, Album, Tex) Factory FACT 10 UK 1979
Unknown Pleasures (LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RP, Red) Factory FACT 10 40 Europe 2019
Unknown Pleasures (LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Factory FACT 10 US 2015
Unknown Pleasures (LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Factory FACT 10R Europe 2015
Unknown Pleasures (CD, Album, RE) London Records 3984 28223-2 UK & Europe 2000
Unknown Pleasures (LP, Album, Smo) Factory (US) FACTUS 1 US 1980
Unknown Pleasures (LP, Album) Factory 0060.362 Germany 1980
Unknown Pleasures (LP, Album, Tex) Factory FACT 10 UK 1979

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williamsewardb

williamsewardb

October 19, 2019
referencing Unknown Pleasures, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RP, Red, FACT 10 40

I do not agree with some comments here. While the art work and design is a great idea (and will attract the hipsters who never actually hear their records), the pressing quality is crap. My copy was sealed, but has a lot of pops, a long scuff/scratch over A1 and A2, and several little punctures/dents that are caused when the temperature of the vinyl is not correct. Sound quality is like the other Rhino re-issues. I recommend saving the money for yet another repress and instead buy a decent copy of the Factory original or a late 80s repress.
domskilamonski

domskilamonski

October 3, 2019
referencing Unknown Pleasures, Cass, Album, RE, FACT 10c
Following factory site mentions that there are earlier editions without barcode(there was one on ebay recently,missed out on that one)!
Does anyone have one?

https://factoryrecords.org/factory-records/fact-10-joy-division-unknown-pleasures.php
domskilamonski

domskilamonski

September 24, 2019
referencing Unknown Pleasures, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RP, Red, FACT 10 40
hope they keep up the good work for closer and still in the coming couple of years.i would keep closer in grey and black and still black and white if they choose to do a hessian version.any suggestions otherwise?love to hear other suggestions.....-dmxi-
domskilamonski

domskilamonski

September 23, 2019
referencing Unknown Pleasures, LP, Album, RP, PRS, FACT 10
There is currently a copy of this (townhouse-a/2-b/2) on ebay that is copper/bronze translucent when held against a strong lightsource,just like the og tranco pressing.i have found same traits on nick cave & the bad seeds lps (posted this under that page).
I believe this info should be added.....anyone who thinks this too?here is the link to that sale:
https://www.ebay.de/itm/JOY-DIVISION-UNKNOWN-PLEASURES-LP-UK-FACT10-1ST-PRESS-transluscent-vinyl-VG-G/143383765177?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
domskilamonski

domskilamonski

September 9, 2019
referencing Unknown Pleasures, CD, Album, RE, Car, FACD 10, Facd 10
Jepp,you're right....recently there was on for sale on ebay with the reversed glueing of car-carry-case.
BoxhoundTKO

BoxhoundTKO

September 4, 2019
referencing Unknown Pleasures, LP, Album, Tex, FACT 10
Is this the first pressing of Unknown Pleasures? Straight from the master tapes?
flomo_13

flomo_13

August 31, 2019
referencing Unknown Pleasures, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RP, Red, FACT 10 40
According to Warner Music UK customer service:

"The limited edition refers to the time frame the item was available to order online.
Unfortunately we have not been provided with a specific number of this item that have been produced."

That's what they told me when I asked. I hope this helps.
adeesteele

adeesteele

August 30, 2019
referencing Unknown Pleasures, LP, Album, RE, RM, 180, 25646 4015 1
mine came with a spare generic sleeve for some reason
marcoschaub

marcoschaub

August 18, 2019
edited 2 months ago
referencing Unknown Pleasures, LP, Album, 0060.362, FACT 10
best sounding album i own ... pure analogue pleasures ?
distilled4loco

distilled4loco

August 9, 2019
referencing Unknown Pleasures, LP, Album, RE, RM, 180, RHI1 73395, Fact 10
Hi my son will be getting out this Tuesday The records will be shipped by Wednesday afternoon. Very sorry for the further delay and thank you for your patience.