The Complete BBC Recordings (Joy Division album)

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Joy Division The Complete BBC Recordings
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Compilation album by Joy Division
Released October 2000
Recorded January–November 1979
Genre Post-punk
Label Strange Fruit
Producer Bob Sargeant, Tony Wilson
Joy Division chronology
Preston 28 February 1980
(1999)Preston 28 February 19801999
The Complete BBC Recordings
Les Bains Douches 18 December 1979
(2001)Les Bains Douches 18 December 19792001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Select 5/5 stars[2]

Joy Division The Complete BBC Recordings is a collection of the two Peel Sessions recorded by Joy Division, two songs from the BBC Television programme Something Else and a live interview. It was released in 2000. The album was re-released as "Before and After – The BBC Sessions" in 2004, the Joy Division tracks included were the same, but it also contained a New Order album. The entire track listing of the album was later released as the second disc of The Best of Joy Division in 2008.


Select gave the album a five out of five rating.[2] Select praised songs that were not included into Joy Division's studio albums such as "Exercise One" and "Sound of Music", referring to them as "about as profound as pop music can be".[2]

Track listing

All tracks written by Joy Division.

LP (SFRSLP094) and CD (SFRSCD094)
  1. "Exercise One" – 2:32
  2. "Insight" – 3:53
  3. "She's Lost Control" – 4:11
  4. "Transmission" – 3:58
  5. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" – 3:25
  6. "Twenty Four Hours" – 4:10
  7. "Colony" – 4:05
  8. "Sound of Music" – 4:27
  9. "Transmission" – 3:18
  10. "She's Lost Control" – 3:44
  11. "Ian Curtis & Stephen Morris interviewed by Richard Skinner" – 3:32


  • Tracks 1 to 4 recorded 31 January 1979 at the BBC Studios, Maida Vale, London, first released on The Peel Sessions EP in 1986.
  • Tracks 5 to 8 recorded 26 November 1979 at the BBC Studios, Maida Vale, London, first released on The Peel Sessions EP in 1987.
  • Tracks 9 to 10 recorded live for Something Else 1 September 1979, previously unreleased.
  • Track 11 recorded for Radio One in 1979, previously unreleased.


  1. ^ "Complete BBC Recordings [UK] – Joy Division". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ a b c Wilkinson, Roy (October 2000). "Albums". Select. EMAP Metro: 119. ISSN 0959-8367. 
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