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Joy DivisionCloser

Label:Factory – FACT∙XXV, Factory – FACT. 25, Factory – FACT·XXV·MMXX
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Repress, Stereo, Clear [Crystal Clear], 180 Gram
Style:Post-Punk, New Wave


A1Atrocity Exhibition
A5A Means To An End
B1Heart And Soul
B2Twenty Four Hours
B3The Eternal

Companies, etc.



40th anniversary edition.

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

℗ 1980, 2015 Warner Music UK Ltd. ©2020 Warner Music UK Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned - Sticker): 190295269456
  • Barcode (Text - Sticker): 0 190295 269456
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 - side A runout, etched): 0825646183913 S=T BE77814 A1 1+v
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 - side B runout, etched): 0825646183913 BE77814 01 B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 - side A runout, etched): 0825646183913 V=S BE77814-01 *1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 - side B runout, etched): 0825646183913 BE77814-01 B1 v+1

Other Versions (5 of 234)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Closer (LP, Album, Rounded Corners)Factory, FactoryFACT∙XXV, FACT. 25UK1980
Closer (LP, Album)Factory, FactoryFACT. 25, FACT XXVItaly1980
Closer (Cassette, Album, Orange Paper Labels)FactoryFACT XXV MCItaly1980
Closer (LP, Album, Misprint)Factory, FactoryFACT. 25, FACT XXVItaly1980
Closer (LP, Album)Factory, FactoryFACT. 25, FACT∙XXVIreland1980
Bulbou's avatar
My copy sounds great - minimal noise even with no cleaning. Also the record itself is probably the clearest vinyl I've ever seen... puts other 'crystal clear' advertised records to shame
waddybfc's avatar
Really disappointed with this, as I’ve now had to return two copies because the record skips 5/6 times during Heart and Soul. Side one played fine, but never got past the intro of side two because of the problems. I’m weighing up whether to bother buying a third, as so many people are reporting the same issues.
ydne's avatar
Edited 4 months ago
It's like the 2015 reissue of Unknown Pleasures, but better. Packaging is better, since it came too in printed inner sleeve, but next to it was poly-lined one. It was crinkled, but that's the least. Nicely looking crystal clear record, with bigger dynamic and less compression. It cracks a bit, but probably thanks to my cleaning (still, other records in my collection are more quiet) and surface noise pretty much same (only noticeable at high volume). Love it, happy to have it.
redblob-co-uk's avatar
Lovely packaging but the pressing is poor - my copy had to be returned as it skipped on three tracks. Track 1 side 2 was particularly bad - I lost count of the number of times it jumped. Sadly I cannot recommend to anyone who wants to actually listen to it.
uncannyalexg's avatar
Edited one year ago
Great sounding record. The bass notes really ring through like no other album I own
Windowlicker100's avatar
This pressing sounds brilliant! And vinyl looks just as good, really happy to have this in my collection!
ZMJ10413's avatar
Perfectly crystal clear vinyl, plays flawlessly on my setup. This album doesn't get enough love, in my opinion. There is no topping the giant that is Unknown Pleasures, but, as a whole, I think I prefer Closer as an Album, front to back, than UP. Both are masterpieces, but Closer just feels like a singular experience front to back, whereas Unknown Pleasures is more a collection of songs. Fantastic songs, of course, but I've noticed that I tend to listen to just a few songs from UP before getting my fix, whereas with Closer its always a sit down, and listen to the whole thing, no matter the format.

Songs sound rich, with a wide soundstage separating each instrument so that nothing is missed. Highly recommended, pick it up while its still easily accessible! If this sells as well as the 40th anniversary of Unknown Pleasures, you'll be kicking yourself for not picking it up before the resellers jack the price up!
VelocityGirl86's avatar
A few people have mentioned issues with the records but mine came with no defects and played perfectly on my technics.
NorthernDreamer's avatar
Very disappointed with this pressing, major visible defect at the beginning of attrocity, I’ve binned it after 30 seconds play, cba to return it. Stylus looks ok after an inspection, and plays other stuff ok, thankfully. I did clean it before play but am surprised I missed it too. My own fault, shouldn’t have bought clear vinyl. I’ll stick to my well looked after original pressing.
cmarq's avatar
Mine is skipping too. Right at the beginning of isolation. When I get a new album I immediately clean it with my pro-ject sl. I'm playing on a technics 1500. Very disappointed.