Joy Division

Futurama, Leeds, September 8th 1979

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Joy Division, completely essential contributors to the history and development of rock & roll, existed for a time far shorter than the impact of their brief lifespan. As a result, as Joy Division's legacy has grown, their relatively few live recordings have appeared in countless iterations, often in substandard bootleg quality or capturing fairly lousy performances, or in some cases both. Shortly after the release of their debut full-length, they played the Futurama festival in Leeds in late 1979. This cavernous concert document finds the band in top form, playing mostly selections from Unknown Pleasures but also getting into tracks from the yet-to-be-released Closer, such as "Atrocity Exhibition" and "Colony." Interesting use of what seems like it may be a hard-to-control synthesizer shows up between some tracks as well. An absolute must-hear for any of the band's more obsessive fans, this gig finds Joy Division playing more precisely and confidently than many other scrappier bootlegs.