Author: Martin Hannett.
While the specter of Joy Division loomed over nearly everything that came out of Factory Records in the years following the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis, casting an equally impressive shadow was in-house producer Martin Hannett. Hannett's unique production aesthetic, which gave everything he touched a deeply majestic tone, was as much a defining part of the Joy Division (and subsequently Factory) sound as anything else .
A useful curiosity, then, is the collection MARTIN HANNETT'S PERSONAL MIXES. In addition to alternate (and Hannett's preferred) mixes of the Joy Division classics "Autosuggestion," "Heart And Soul," and "Passover," among others, fans get a fly-on-the-wall opportunity to experience Hannett and Joy Division's creative process. The collection includes truncated song takes, studio chatter, and sound sample creations. While this set is certainly aimed at Joy Division/Factory diehards, it remains a fascinating collection for any curious music lover.