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Two John Peel sessions by Joy Division together on one 12"
Joy Division recorded its first John Peel Session in January and second in November of 1979. The sessions were originally available as separate EPs; the first included the initial four tracks, the second the remaining four. "Exercise One" opens the set with a squeal of feedback and a deep, primal drumbeat. It ends abruptly (and bears a slight resemblance to the short sharp shocks of early Gang of Four). A repeating, high-pitched keyboard pattern distinguishes "Insight," whereas "Love Will Tear Us Apart" is considerably faster than the stately, elegiac single that would be released the following year. The rest of the tracks are fairly straightforward, just a little more raw than the studio versions. Throughout, Curtis sounds as committed to the material as ever, particularly "Transmission" ("Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance/To the radio"), where he sounds as if he could go on forever, singing the same lyrics over and over. It's a hypnotic performance.
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