Joy DivisionUnreleased Pleasures

Label:Waste Management (4) – TONY004
Vinyl, LP, Unofficial Release, Clear
Style:New Wave, Post-Punk


A6Dead Souls4:55
A7In A Lonely Place (Detail)2:26
B1Something Must Break2:54
B2Ice Age2:36
B3Walked In Line2:47
B4These Days3:27
B5The Only Mistake3:43
B6Chance (Atmosphere)4:54

Companies, etc.


Back sleeve states:
A1 and A2: recorded at Arrow Studios, Manchester. Previously unreleased RCA demos.
A3 to A5 and B2: recorded at Eden Studios, London. Previously unreleased Genetic Records sessions.
A6, B1 and B3 to B6: recorded at Central Sound, Manchester, at Strawberry Studios, Stockport, and at Pennine Sound Studios, Oldham. Previously unreleased Piccadilly Radio sessions.
A7 and B7: recorded at Graveyard Studios, Prestwich. Previously unreleased.

All tracks were previously released on CD 3 of the Joy Division - Heart And Soul boxset and souces were copied exactly as they appear on the boxset.

No matrix number.

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Unreleased Pleasures (LP, Unofficial Release, Pink)Waste Management (4)TONY004US2022
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Unreleased Pleasures (LP, Unofficial Release)Waste Management (4)TONY004US2022



  • aidan.hammy's avatar
    I actually really dig this record, I think bootlegs and whatnot have been a huge influence in record collecting culture so im not bugged it’s an unofficial press. The record itself plays pretty well for me at least (i use a ortofon 2m red). From my knowledge it’s a bunch of songs only ever released in a cd boxset so you wont find this on streaming.

    Tldr; It plays very well and I think it’s a gem to be able to listen to these tracks since you really cant anywhere else (besides some cd boxset)
    • maxal's avatar
      I can't find out if the quality of the sound production and quality of the music for this recording is any good. I can't find any of the tracks by googling them, to have a test listen, (admittedly, I don't go too deep into this, I use the larger sites . . .).

      I wonder if the sellers of this item expect people to buy this recording unheard, unreviewed, with little idea of what they are getting - perhaps the item wouldn't sell if people knew what they are getting. I find that kind of selling dubious.

      Further, if you research this release, you can find it selling in many places, all sorts of independent stores and internet sites. It is selling in the UK, USA, Germany, Poland . . . it begs the question what "limited edition" means. Are they limitting the sales, just because it is not a product which is going to appeal to the masses, because these are demos, 'unfinished' works, of interest to fans only? (And, importantly, maybe not of interest even to fans?)

      Despite this release floating in unknown waters. Because of the iconic name - JOY DIVISION – the name itself will sell some plastic, actual music unheard.

      Over the decades (!), I have bought a few of these fringe recordings for various bands and which sometimes I like. You have to be careful, the lack of info gets tiringly tedious. Once I asked the guy behind the counter if the recording was any good and got the response “dunno”. Some can be a pleasant surprise with a gem of a track which you wonder why it wasn't released elsewhere, of course that is the pull. Others are a waste of time and space - recordings with track after track which are muffled, lack any kind of dynamism or life and are ultimately dull.

      CAVEAT: Of course, this could be a good recording. I’d love to know, because I am genuinely interested. For instance I’d like to hear the Atmosphere track, and it is fascinating that it’s listed under a different title, Chance. Maybe what I write is better placed for another ‘fringe’ recording, sorry if so.
      • WMWTSO's avatar
        i got this the other day. sounds about as you'd expect from a clear vinyl bootleg. light popping throughout on side a. side b is a little better. havent given it a proper clean so maybe itll improve a bit but i doubt it. all in all, down to have some of these version on vinyl
        • anthemrecordsredux's avatar
          I have this stateside. DM Meh for all the details.


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