One of the primary and captivating differences between the initial Joy Division version of ‘Ceremony’ and New Order’s take are the lyrics. Curtis’s original lyrics were never written down and no full-proof copy of the lyrics is actually exists.
The original lyrics remain a mystery to this day and this mystery almost adds to power this song carries, also being one of the last songs written by Joy Division.
Written By Stephen Morris , Bernard Sumner , Peter Hook
Recorded At Live at High Hall, Birmingham University on 2 May 1980
Release Date October 8, 1981
Cover By Ceremony by Galaxie 500
Live Version Of Ceremony by New Order
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7.5/10 (Votes: 1937)
Still is a compilation album by Joy Division, consisting of previously released and unreleased studio material and a live recording of Joy Division’s last concert, performed at Birmingham University.
The album includes the only time the group ever performed the song Ceremony live, which later became a New Order single. Another song featured is a cover of The Velvet Underground’s Sister Ray, recorded at The Moonlight Club in London on 2 April 1980.
Still is a point of contention among some of the group’s fans, because of the unbalanced recording of the High Hall performance. This is not aided by the fact that the engineer that night mixed the vocals far too low for the first half of Ceremony, making Ian Curtis inaudible and thus marring one of only three recordings the band made of the song.
Recent CD reissues of the album on London Records have replaced this live version with another known recording, a 1980 rehearsal that originally surfaced on the Heart and Soul box set. An audience recording of the live version, while of lower fidelity, has all of Curtis' vocals and has circulated as a bootleg since 1980. A further point of contention is the omission of the track Twenty Four Hours from all subsequent CD reissues of this album; this was said to be due to time constraints. As a result, Twenty Four Hours only appears on some cassette and vinyl versions of Still and has yet to be released officially on CD.
Producers Martin Hannett
Writers Bernard Sumner
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Sound of Music
The Only Mistake
Walked in Line
Something Must Break
A Means to an End
New Dawn Fades
Twenty Four Hours