The Peel Sessions (Joy Division)

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The Joy Division Peel sessions are a series of sessions recorded by English post-punk band Joy Division for John Peel's radio show on BBC Radio 1 between January and November 1979.

Releases[edit]

The Peel Sessions EP (1986)[edit]

The Peel Sessions
JoyDivision ThePeelSessions 1986.jpg
EP by Joy Division
Released November 1986
Recorded 31 January 1979
Genre Post-punk[citation needed]
Label Strange Fruit
Producer Joy Division
Joy Division chronology
Still
(1981)Still1981
The Peel Sessions
(1986)
The Peel Sessions
(1987)The Peel Sessions1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

The first EP, The Peel Sessions, was released in 1986 by record label Strange Fruit. It features recordings made for John Peel's show broadcast on 14 February 1979, and was recorded at the BBC Studios in Maida Vale, London, England on 31 January 1979.[2] None of the songs had been released prior to the broadcast. The version of "Transmission" is one of the few recordings available where both Curtis and Sumner play guitar at the same time.

The EP spent thirteen weeks on the UK Indie Chart, peaking at number 4.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Joy Division.

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Exercise One" 2:30
2. "Insight" 3:55
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "She's Lost Control" 4:10
2. "Transmission" 3:55

The Peel Sessions EP (1987)[edit]

The Peel Sessions
JoyDivision ThePeelSessions 1987.jpg
EP by Joy Division
Released September 1987
Recorded 26 November 1979
Genre Post-punk[citation needed]
Label Strange Fruit
Producer Joy Division
Joy Division chronology
The Peel Sessions
(1986)The Peel Sessions1986
The Peel Sessions
(1987)
Substance
(1988)Substance1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]

The second EP, also titled The Peel Sessions, was released in 1987 by Strange Fruit. It features the recordings made for John Peel's show broadcast on 10 December 1979, and was recorded at the BBC Studios in Maida Vale, London, England on 26 November 1979.[2] None of the songs had been released prior to the broadcast.

The EP spent seventeen weeks on the UK Indie Chart, peaking at number 3.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Joy Division.

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" 3:20
2. "24 Hours" 4:05
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Colony" 4:08
2. "Sound of Music" 4:20

Peel Sessions compilation (1990)[edit]

Peel Sessions
JoyDivision PeelSessions.jpg
Compilation album by Joy Division
Released September 1990
Recorded 31 January & 26 November 1979
Genre Post-punk[citation needed]
Length 41:12
Label Strange Fruit
Producer
Joy Division chronology
Substance
(1988)Substance1988
Peel Sessions
(1990)
Warsaw
(1994)Warsaw1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[5]

A compilation of both EPs, Peel Sessions, was released in 1990 by Strange Fruit.

The US cover does not have the famous "Tube" photo by Anton Corbijn. There is also a French release which has a different cover.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Joy Division.

No. Title Length
1. "Exercise One" 2:30
2. "Insight" 3:55
3. "She's Lost Control" 4:10
4. "Transmission" 3:55
5. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" 3:20
6. "Twenty Four Hours" 4:05
7. "Colony" 4:00
8. "Sound of Music" 4:20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The First Peel Session [EP] – Joy Division | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Joy Division Discography Part 1". gerpotze.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Lazell, Barry (1998). Indie Hits 1980–1989. Cherry Red Books. p. 124. ISBN 0-95172-069-4. 
  4. ^ "The Second Peel Session [EP] – Joy Division | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Fennessy, Kathleen C. "The Peel Sessions – Joy Division | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 

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