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Saturday, 8 October 2016

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!: Day 282 - Joy Division

Still - Joy Division
Factory (FACT 40)
Produced by Martin Hannett
Released 8th October 1981
UK Chart #5
UK Indie Chart #1

2007 Collector's Edition
Includes Bonus Disc
Live at High Wycombe Town Hall
20th February 1980

 Side A and B

Side C and D

Tracks A1, A5, B1 and B2 recorded in April 1979 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport, during sessions for the "Unknown Pleasures" album.

Tracks A2 and B4 recorded in October–November 1979 at Cargo Studios, Rochdale, during sessions for the "Licht und Blindheit" single.

Track A3 recorded in January 1980 at Pennine Sound Studios, Oldham, during sessions for the "Love Will Tear Us Apart" single.

Track A4 recorded in October 1978 at Cargo Studios, Rochdale, originally released on "A Factory Sample" in 1979.

Track B3 recorded in July–August 1979 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport, during sessions for the "Transmission" single.

Track B5 recorded live at the Moonlight Club, London on April 3, 1980.

Tracks C1 to D5 recorded live at High Hall, Birmingham University on May 2, 1980.

(2007 CD Remaster Bonus Disc a previously unreleased live show from the Town Hall, High Wycombe)

Still is a compilation album by Joy Division, consisting of previously released and unreleased studio material and a live recording of Joy Division's last concert, performed at Birmingham University. It was released on 8 October 1981, through record label Factory.

The live version of  Twenty Four Hours  only appears on some cassette and vinyl versions of Still and has yet to be released officially on CD, this was said to be due to time constraints.

There were also issues regarding Ceremony and the lack of Ian Curtis' vocals in the first half of the song. There are three recorded versions of Ceremony in existence. The first is the live version, available on the Still album, from their final concert at High Hall, Birmingham University on 2 May 1980. The second, available on the Heart and Soul four-disc box set is from a rehearsal tape made in April/May 1980. The third is a version recorded at the soundcheck on the afternoon of 2 May 1980. Ceremony was of course the first single released in March 1981 by the remaining members of Joy Division under their new name New Order.

(Original Picture Sleeve March 1981)

Ceremony was re-recorded when Gillian Gilbert joined the band and this version was released in September 1981. The Joy Division album Still would follow a month later

(Picture Sleeve for the September 1981 Version

Depsite its various flaws Still is an interesting collection. Listening afresh to that final show from Birmingham brought a bout of sadness about what might have been!

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