Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Original Joy Division, New Order recordings rescued from trash

MICHAEL ROFFMAN/Consequence of Sound

One person’s garbage is a whole world’s favorite post-punk album. True story: Copies of producer Martin Hannett’s original masters and outtakes for Joy Division, New Order,The Psychedelic Furs, Magazine, and many more were “rescued” from a garbage bin. As Slicing Up Eyeballs reports, Hannett’s former personal assistant and current Invisible Girl Records labelhead Julia Adamson is now looking to find these junkard gems a new home.

“I have looked after these tapes for a long time and when I approached the artists (who were my first port of call) I was subjected to accusations and abuse… so I don’t really care anymore,” Adamson writes on her own Facebook account. “I know they are worth something to a collector… and good luck to them. The quality of Unknown Pleasures far surpasses the mastering from vinyl over the years (they lost the master tapes long ago… these are copy masters… and outtakes… that I assure you are quite splendid).”

In 2008, Adamson digitized the collection, which she says “will be available for all the artists and record companies,” though insists the physical copies are “for a collector to have” and “should be baked.” So, if you’re interested in snatching them up, send her a direct message on Facebook.

One person you won’t have to compete with? Former Joy Division and New Order bassist, as Adamson added: “He’s not a happy bunny. Tried the other band members, too, to no avail, and the record companies.”

Time to rethink your 401k, folks.

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