Rhino Records this summer will release a new 40th anniversary edition of Joy Division’s second album Closer, a new pressing on clear vinyl that will be issued alongside new heavyweight vinyl pressings of three of the band’s iconic non-album singles.
The announcement comes as the former members of Joy Division today commemorate the 40th anniversary of the death of Ian Curtis, who took his own life on May 18, 1980.
They’re doing so through two different online events:
- “Moving Through Silence,” an evening of music and conversation in Curtis’s memory, that will feature two of his former bandmates, Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris. The two Joy Division/New Order members will be interviewed by Dave Haslam. The Killers’ Brandon Flowers and producer Mark Reeder also will participate. The event also marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week in the U.K., and donations will go toward mental-health charity Manchester Mind. It will stream at 8 p.m. U.K. time (3 p.m. Eastern in the U.S.) at unitedwestream.co.uk.
- “So This is Permanent,” a concert film capturing Peter Hook & The Light’s 47-song performance of Joy Division’s entirecatalog on May 18, 2015, in Macclesfield, U.K., will stream for 24 hours on Joy Division’s and Hook’s Facebook and YouTube pages. The film is free to watch, but donations can be made to the Epilepsy Society — which also will be benefit from proceeds of the DVD release of the film in June. The 24-hour broadcast is now underway on Hook’s Facebook page.
On the reissue front, the new clear-vinyl pressing of 1980’s Closer will be released July 17 — as will 12-inch singles of “Transmission,” “Atmosphere” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” each with remastered audio and pressed on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl. According to Rhino, the singles have not been repressed since the demise of Factory Records.
See the full tracklists below:
Joy Division, Closer
“A Means To An End”
“Heart And Soul”
“Twenty Four Hours”
Joy Division, “Transmission”
Joy Division, “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
A: “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
B: “These Days”
Joy Division, “Atmosphere”
B: “She’s Lost Control”
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