As mentioned yesterday, the Recycle: Joy Division & New Order blog has taken on the task of remastering and making available every single in the catalog of those transcendent bands.
To recreate these singles in a digital format, they’ve painstakingly sourced the earliest available recordings — some vinyl, some CD and some from low-generation cassette. The New Order singles were pretty faithful to the originals with a few extra remixes thrown in for good measure.
The Joy Division singles are less essential considering the recent release of the +- Singles Box and the 2001 box set Heart & Soul. However, the addition of some rare demos and live versions definitely make things interesting.
Next is a 1979 demo of “Digital” that they’ve kindly added to the retooling of A Factory Sample EP:
Another rare addition is this early version of “Transmission” uncovered on cassette by someone close to the band:
And last, but not least, the gents at Recycle: Joy Division & New Order have reimagined the 1988 “Atmosphere” single as a live EP featuring performances from a January 1980 Paradiso, Amsterdam gig “directly from Dutch radio”. Here’s a lovely version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart” – as long as you can forgive Hooky’s sloppiness:
Thank you, good sirs, thank you.