UNKNOWN PLEASURES LP

Released 20 July 1979
38:21 minutes
Producer: Martin Hannett

1 Disorder 6 She's Lost Control
2 Day Of The Lords 7 Shadowplay
3 Candidate 8 Wilderness
4 Insight 9 Interzone
5 New Dawn Fades 10 I Remember Nothing

Groove notations:
Originaal UK LP: "This is the way" (side A), and "Step" (B), from the lyrics to "Atrocity Exhibition".
Original Factory USA issue (Factus 1): "I've been looking for a guide" (on side B), a variation on the lyrics to Disorder.


Pirate editions exist

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See below for sleeve photo information


UNKNOWN PLEASURES CD Numerous pressings

There have been numerous CD versions of Unknown Pleasures over the years, some better than others, we're not going to try and list them here


UNKNOWN PLEASURES (remastered) CD 2007

Released 17 September 2007
2CD Re-mastered feauturing Unknown Pleasures and live Factory 13th July 1979
Digipak in a plastic sleeve + booklet with text by Jon Savage and photographs by Kevin Cummins
This is the latest release of this album on CD. There have been several previous CD versions, all of which were the same as the original LP.

Joy Division CD re-releases 2007 Joy Division CD re-releases 2007
Images show Unknown Pleasures, Closer, and Still which were all re-released on the same day

Unknown Pleasures

1 Disorder 6 She's Lost Control
2 Day Of The Lords 7 Shadowplay
3 Candidate 8 Wilderness
4 Insight 9 Interzone
5 New Dawn Fades 10 I Remember Nothing

Live Factory

1 Dead souls 7 Shadowplay
2 The Only Mistake 8 Disorder
3 Insight 9 Interzone
4 Candidate 10 Atrocity Exhibition
5 Wilderness 11 Novelty
6 She's Lost Control 12 Transmission


CLOSER - UNKNOWN PLEASURES 2CD WEA/Warner Music France 5249806162 2010

French version in cardboard slipcase sold by Fnac
Released 2010



Barney found the cover image in a book, the Cambridge Encyclopaedia Of Astronomy. Often called the "dying star" logo it's a printout of the flashes produced by the CP1919 pulsar.

Cambridge Encyclopaedia Of Astronomy



Peter Savillles original notes show the tracklist running order was changed


Click scan for complete image


The photograph on the inner sleeve of the LP version
is by photographer Ralph Gibson. It is untitled and comes from the photo series "The Somnambulist" and is taken from the book with the same name



Discography for the vinyl releases of Unknown Pleasures:
 
Country
of Origin
Distribution &
Catalogue Number
   
       
Australia GAP "Manufactured and distributed by EMI"
FAC01 1003
UK style labels
Matrix FAC02 1003 OUTSIDE / INSIDE
Inner sleeve also refers to GAP / EMI

 

Australia CBS Records Australia

FACOZ I003
Inner sleeve has a sticker near the bottom which reads: "M & D by CBS Records Australia Ltd.". There is no mention of EMI on the outer or inner sleeve. The cat.no is FACOZ I003.

Matrix numbers (FACOZ I003) crossed out, as well as FACT 10 INSIDE / FACT 10 OUTSIDE.

 

Benelux Factory
FACT 10
Looks like the UK copy until you look closer. Smooth sleeve, thin paper printed inner with square corners (not rounded). Does not have "Printed and made in Great Britain by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd." printed on the rear sleeve.

"benelux" and "biem/sabam" printed on the labels, Matrix numbers are stamped (not hand written):

FACT-10-B//48506-1Y ("outside"),
FACT-10-A//48505-1Y ("inside")

These are the same matrix numbers as the Swedish version

 

Benelux Factory
FACT 10
Looks like the UK copy until you look closer. Smooth sleeve, plain/not printed) inner (missing or issued without one?). Does not have "Printed and made in Great Britain by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd." printed on the rear sleeve. Black and white labels like UK issue, but reversed: A-side is black on white and vice versa.

"STEMRA" printed at the bottom of the labels which indicates it's a Dutch pressing, Matrix numbers are stamped (not hand written):

FACT 10 A 13C1,
FACT 10 B 13C1
 
Benelux Factory
FACT 10
Labels the same as the UK edition.
Matrix: 08-22497-ia-i NL
NL presumably means Netherlands
 
Brazil Stiletto Records
LP 3028
Matrix LP3028 OUTSIDE / INSIDE
Black and white labels like UK edition with Brazilian credits added
LP3028 on inner sleeve
Distributed by Estudio Eldorado
Plain spine without any print.

 

Canada Polygram
830.812-1
Heavy card textured sleeve with barcode and Polygram logo on rear
Matrix 830.812 - 1 A/B  OUTSIDE / INSIDE
Canadian catalogue number on inner sleeve
Labels similar to UK version with credits overprinted

 

France Factory via Virgin
70163(PM254)
This is the first French pressing

 

France Factory via Virgin
201883
Small 201883 printed on inner sleeve.
"Representation exclusive Virgin France" on rear sleeve.
Labels similar to UK version with "Made In France", "SACEM" and "tons les droits ..." credits added.

 

Germany Rough Trade
RTD 67
Licensed by Rough Trade
Very glossy outer sleeve
Matrix RTD 67 A/B
No inner sleeve
Song titles, timings and credits printed on label
Black and white labels like the UK version - overprinted with credits

 

Germany Metronome
0060.362
Textured outer sleeve
Labels similar to UK with catalogue number and "GEMA" overprinted
Matrix 0060.362 51/2
0703.949 51/2
Catalogue number printed on inner sleeve
Spine title reads "UNKNOWN PLEASURE"

 

Greece Factory via Virgin
vg 50102
Heavy card inner sleeve
White on black label on both sides. Both sides marked "outside".

 

Italy Base Records
FACT.10
1st pressing has Base Records address as "Via Castiglione ..." 
Matrix FACT10/A - B
Labels look like UK copy with "Factory Record 1980" and "Made in Italy Fact 10" added
Coarse paper inner sleeve

Note: The first 500 copies credited "Factori" records on the label instead of "Factory"

 

Italy Base Records
FACT.10
2nd pressing has Base Records address as "Via Collamarini..."
Matrix FACT 10 / B
"Joy Division - Unknown Pleasure - Inside 33 1/3" text moved to top of label
Song title and timings on labels
Inner sleeve is plain white card with die-cut label hole

 

Italy Base Records
FACT.10
later editions have "Via Collamarini..." address and a Fax number

 

Japan Nippon Columbia
YX.7337.AX
Black on white labels
Black on off-white OBI
4 page insert with lyrics etc
Promo copies have black and white labels like the UK version, tiny red sticker and 3 Japanese characters printed on label

 



Lithuania Zona ZN006 Black on white labels both sides stating OUTSIDE and INSIDE
Matrix ZN006-1 / 2
Plain paper inner sleeve
New Zealand EMI
FAC02 1003
Boxed EMI logo on rear sleeve
Matrix FAC02 1003 A/B
FAC01 1003 on inner sleeve - but different position to Australian copy
Buff / red EMI labels

 

New Zealand GAP / EMI
FAC02 1003
Apparently this version has green labels and an insert. We've not seen a copy so email us if you have one

 

New Zealand GAP / EMI
FAC02 1003
Promo copy - stock copy of the above with black on white stickered label

 

Poland Tonpress
SX.T 107
Coarse paper inner sleeve with SX.T 107 PL/Tonpress added to credits
Matrix C90-28261/1-1 D.M.M
Black on white labels on both sides marked "inside" / "outside"

The D.M.M in the matrix number suggests this is Direct Metal Mastered - if true then these could be the best sounding vinyl issues of this LP.

 

Poland Tonpress
SX.T 107
Mispressing exists with Russian female singer
Matrix C60-27861 /1-1

 

Portugal   We're sure this was never issued and have had confirmation from someone who was both convincing and well-connected.
If you know differently (ie you have a copy) please email us

 

Spain Edigsa 19L0106 Edigsa logo on rear sleeve
Matrix 19L0106. AZN / BIN
Labels similar to UK with Spanish credit over-printed. A-side label is white with black print, B-side label is black with white text. Can be found both with text on the spine of the sleeve as well as without any spine print.

 

Spain Nuevos Medios 33 133 Nuevos Medios logo on rear sleeve and on A-side (white) label
Textured outer sleeve and printed inner
Matrix (side A:) NM-33 133-A 3N 3 DMI (side B:) NM-33 133-B 2N3 DMI +
Labels similar to UK pressing (but switched around) with Spanish copyright message etc over-printed on white A-side ("Inside") label only, B-side ("Outside") label is black with white print and looks just like the UK one.
 
Sweden Factory FACT 10 Smooth sleeve, looks similar to the UK issue. It even has "Printed and made in Great Britain by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd." on the back cover. Inner sleeve has square (not rounded) corners.
Matrix numbers:
Fact-10-A//48505-1Y
Fact-10-B//48506-1Y

These are the same matrix numbers as one of the Benelux versions

 

Sweden Factory FACT 10 Smooth sleeve, looks similar to the UK issue. No "Printed and made in Great Britain by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd." on the back cover. Inner sleeve has square (not rounded) corners. Has "ncb" printed at the bottom of the labels
Matrix numbers:
Fact-10-A//48505-1Y
Fact-10-B//48506-1Y

These are the same matrix numbers as one of the Benelux versions
 
UK Factory FACT10 Textured outer sleeve with "Printed and made in Great Britain by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd"
Matrix FACT 10 A / B
Groove notations: 
A: 'This is the way'
B: 'Step'

 

UK Factory FACT10 Textured outer sleeve with "Printed and made in Great Britain by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd"
Matrix FACT 10 A / B
No groove notations
 
UK Factory FACT10 Smooth outer sleeve with no "Garrod & Lofthouse" credit
Matrix FACT 10 - OUTSIDE / INSIDE
Groove notations: 
A: 'This is the way'
B: 'Step'

- there are several slightly different UK pressings, many included things like "A PORKY PRIME CUT" or "TOWN HOUSE" in the run-off grooves

 

UK Factory FACT10 White label test pressings exist
The only one we've seen came in a plain white inner, has plain white labels (obviously) with only FACT 10 hand-written on the "Inside" label. It's pressed on heavy vinyl. The matrix numbers are;
FACT 10-OUTSIDE-2 THIS IS THE WAY (and in very faint writing:) Rc
FACT 10-INSIDE-2 STEP (and a very faint/hard to spot:) Rc (we think)

 

UK Factory FACT10 Mispressing:
Features side 1 of Unknown Pleasures and side 2 of 'Power Corruption and Lies'

 

UK Factory FACT10 2007 re-pressing. Remastered and on 180gm vinyl. Otherwise identical to the original pressing.  
US Factory US
FACTUS 1
Heavy card sleeve constructed differently to the UK (and other) issues
Matrix SACC 08 A/B FACTUS 1
FACTUS 1 credit on rear and inner sleeves
Black and white labels (like UK version)
Groove notations:
A: 
B: I've been looking for a guide

 
Inner sleeve detail

US Qwest
25480-1
Textured outer cover with barcode on rear
Matrix numbers:
1-25840-A-SR1
1-25840-B-SR1
Buff / multi colour Qwest label
"(C) Factory Communications Ltd - Made in USA" on inner sleeve

 

 

US Qwest Early Qwest pressings have additional matrix numbers:
B - 34095 - SH1    23707
B - 34095 - SH3    23707
US Qwest Gold stamped promos exist
Stamp is on front cover
Matrix numbers:
1-25840-A-SH1 B-34095-SH1 ("pyramid"/triangle shape) 23707 1-

1-25840-A-SH1 0 ("Q"?) B-34095-SH3 ("pyramid"/triangle shape) 23707-X 1-

 

US Speciality Records White label test pressing exists on "Speciality Records" label

 

US FACTORY US White label test pressing exists
Matrix:  FACTORYUS PRODUCT / RTI FACTUS A/B
Dated 1987

 

 

 

Some other versions ... one day we'll extend the discography to cassettes and CDs:

UK Factory cassette purple box

 

UK Factory cassette

 

Italian cassette labels

   

 

New Zealand Cassette

 

US CD Long Box CD

   

 

Qwest CDs - with different print layout on back sleeve

 

Rough Trade CD sleeve detail