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Joy Division ‘+-’ 7-inch singles box to be reissued as 10-disc CD set next month


The limited-edition Joy Division box set comprised of 10 newly remastered 7-inch singles that was released late last year is being reissued next month — this time on compact disc, collecting “CD replicas of 10 singles presented in a beautiful clamshell box.”

Like the forthcoming New Order outtakes album, it appears the CD version of Joy Division’s +-: Singles 1978-80 hasn’t yet been formally announced, but online retailers — including Amazon.com — are starting to list the 10-disc set as being released Dec. 19 by the UK arm of Rhino Records, which issued the original 7-inch box last December.

Aside from the format, the new version of +- appears to be identical to last year’s, with 21 songs over 10 discs in a box designed by Factory Records co-founder Peter Saville. The music itself was newly remastered from the original tapes by drummer Stephen Morris and Frank Arkwright, who also worked with Johnny Marr to remaster the entire Smiths catalog for that band’s box set.

Journalist Jon Savage selected the tracks, and given the fact that Joy Division only released a handful of singles — including non-album favorites “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Atmosphere” — during its short career, some of the singles assembled for +- “have been created specifically for this release” using previously released songs (see full tracklist below).

Tracklist: Joy Division, +-: Singles 1978-80

Disc 1
1. “Warsaw”
2. “Leaders Of Men”

Disc 2
1. “No Love Lost”
2. “Failures”

Disc 3
1. “Digital”
2. “Glass”

Disc 4
1. “Autosuggestion”
2. “From Safety To Where”

Disc 5
1. “Transmission”
2. “Novelty”

Disc 6
1. “Atmosphere”
2. “Dead Souls”

Disc 7
1. “Komakino”
2. “Incubation”
3. “As You Said”

Disc 8
1. “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
2. “These Days”

Disc 9
1. “She’s Lost Control” (12-inch Version)
2. “Love Will Tear Us Apart 2″ (Pennine Version)

Disc 10
1. “Isolation”
2. “Heart and Soul”