November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving is normally a very happy holiday, as covered in our list of great Thanksgiving songs, in which we celebrate friends and family and thankfulness and so forth. In case you’re riding too many good vibes, though, here’s something to bring you down to a more neutral level. Mastering engineer Drew Crumbaugh has taken a shot at remastering an old Joy Division show from 1980, recorded a few months before frontman Ian Curtis took his life; it’s filled with material from Closer, their final album, and has been polished up in FLAC format to present a crisp, ripping example of why the band deserved all their voluminous praise. You can download the set at Crumbaugh’s blog, where he’s also written a post explaining how he handled the material to make it come alive. Again, nearly 400 MB of Joy Division recordings may be tough to swallow the day before you’re set to be so happy, but the entire weekend can’t be fun and games.

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