Substance (Joy Division album)

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Substance
Joy Division-Substance (album cover).jpg
Compilation album by Joy Division
Released 11 July 1988
Recorded December 1977–March 1980
Genre Post-punk, punk rock, gothic rock[1]
Length 37:52 (LP)
62:29 (CD)
Label Factory
Producer Martin Hannett, Joy Division
Joy Division compilations chronology
Still
(1981)Still1981
Substance
(1988)
The Peel Sessions
(1990)The Peel Sessions1990
Alternative cover
Cover of 1991 re-issue
Cover of 1991 re-issue
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauB+[3]

Substance is a singles compilation album by English rock band Joy Division. It was released on 11 July 1988 by Factory Records. It is the companion to a similar singles compilation by their subsequent band New Order, also entitled Substance. It peaked at number 7 on the UK Albums Chart[4] and 146 on the Billboard 200, the band's only chart appearance in the United States. It also reached number 15 in New Zealand and number 53 in Australia in August 1988.

Content[edit]

Substance compiles the four singles released by the band that did not appear on albums — "Transmission", "Komakino", "Love Will Tear Us Apart", and "Atmosphere" — as well as most of their B-sides. It also collects tracks released on various EPs, namely the band's first release, An Ideal for Living, and two samplers issued by Factory Records, A Factory Sample and Earcom 2: Contradiction.

Two of the album's tracks, "Glass" and "Dead Souls", were previously included on the 1981 compilation Still. Additionally, the single "Atmosphere" had been originally issued in France as "Licht und Blindheit" with "Dead Souls" on the B-side; following Ian Curtis's suicide, it was reissued as a posthumous B-side of the "She's Lost Control" 12-inch single. with the titular song being an alternate, more elaborate version of the track that had previously appeared on Unknown Pleasures. The vinyl version omits the single "Komakino" and does not include the complete titles from the EPs, due to the lower storage capacity of a vinyl record.

Later CD pressings issued by London Records contain a previously unreleased mix of "She's Lost Control" that is slightly different from the original single release. More guitar is mixed within the song, the synthesizer melody is shortened and starts at a later point, and the ending of the song is extended by 15 seconds and does not fade out.

Substance was digitally remastered in 2015, containing not only the alternate mix of "She's Lost Control", but also two additional tracks: "As You Said" (the second B-side of Komakino) and the initial take of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (originally released on the B-side of the original single), dubbed the "Pennine Version" after the studio it was recorded at.

Cover[edit]

The cover features Wim Crouwel's New Alphabet typeface. The letters used actually spell "Subst1mce", rather than "Substance". Brett Wickens, who worked on this cover whilst a partner at Saville Associates, claims this was for aesthetic reasons.[5] The 1991 cover was different, featuring new art.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Joy Division.

LP (Factory FACT 250)

Side 1

  1. "Warsaw" – 2:25 released on An Ideal for Living
  2. "Leaders of Men" – 2:35 released on An Ideal for Living
  3. "Digital" – 2:50 released on A Factory Sample
  4. "Autosuggestion" – 6:08 released on Earcom 2: Contradiction
  5. "Transmission" – 3:36 single FAC 13

Side 2

  1. "She's Lost Control" – 4:45 (4:59 on later pressings) B-side to single FACUS 2 "Atmosphere"
  2. "Incubation" – 2:52 instrumental B-side to single FAC 28 "Komakino"
  3. "Dead Souls" – 4:56 B-side to single "Atmosphere" on Licht und Blindheit
  4. "Atmosphere" – 4:10 single FACUS 2
  5. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" – 3:25 single FAC 23
CD (Factory FACD 250) and cassette (Factory FACT 250C)

Same tracks as LP plus the following bonus tracks, entitled Appendix:

  1. "No Love Lost" – 3:43 released on An Ideal for Living
  2. "Failures" – 3:44 released on An Ideal for Living
  3. "Glass" – 3:53 released on A Factory Sample
  4. "From Safety to Where...?" – 2:27 released on Earcom 2: Contradiction
  5. "Novelty" – 4:00 B-side to single FAC 13 "Transmission"
  6. "Komakino" – 3:52 single FAC 28
  7. "These Days" – 3:24 B-side to single FAC 23 "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
2015 remastered edition bonus tracks
  1. "No Love Lost" – 3:43 released on An Ideal for Living
  2. "Failures" – 3:44 released on An Ideal for Living
  3. "Glass" – 3:53 released on A Factory Sample
  4. "From Safety to Where...?" – 2:27 released on Earcom 2: Contradiction
  5. "Novelty" – 4:00 B-side to single FAC 13 "Transmission"
  6. "Komakino" – 3:52 single FAC 28
  7. "As You Said" – 2:00 instrumental B-side to single FAC 28 "Komakino"
  8. "These Days" – 3:24 B-side to single FAC 23 "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
  9. "Love Will Tear Us Apart (Pennine version)" – 3:15 B-side to single FAC 23 "Love Will Tear Us Apart"

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Release The Bats - It's The 20 Greatest Goth Tracks". Nme.com. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  2. ^ Substance at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: joy division". Robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  4. ^ Joy Division UK Charts. Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-04
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2010.