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Joy Division are celebrating 40 years of Unknown Pleasures with special re-release

Joy Divisions seminal debut album Unknown Pleasures is set to receive a special edition release to celebrate the record’s 40th anniversary next month.

Joy Division’s iconic 1979 album Unknown Pleasures will be re-released next month to celebrate 40 years since its release.

The band that originally intended to match the punk power of The Clash, and The Buzzcocks, evolved into something quite different. Their raw and aggressive power was amalgamated with an otherworldly synth aesthetic that ultimately boosted their music to new and uncharted heights.

The celebrated album features tracks such as ‘New Dawn Fades’, ‘She’s Lost Control’, and ‘Shadowplay’. The limited edition re-release will drop on June 14 and be pressed to 180g ruby red vinyl ‘with an alternative white sleeve resembling the original design idea’ along with a new Unknown Pleasures’ white T-shirt.

To celebrate Joy Division will be playing Unknown Pleasures in full along with their other album Circles, at a pair of special gigs put on by Peter Hook next year. Hook who played bass in the band for their four years together, is running the shows with his band Peter Hook & the Light – who will celebrate a decade of playing together in 2020.

Take a walk through the crystalline grit and post-punk beauty of Joy Divisions seminal debut work Unknown Pleasures four decades after it was released to the world.

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May 8, 2019