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'Rescued' New Order, Joy Division Tapes Up for Sale

Recordings include master copy of 'Unknown Pleasures'

Bernard Sumner of New Order, Ian Curtis of Joy Division.
Ebet Roberts/Redferns; Chris Mills/Redferns
August 15, 2013 9:50 AM ET

A collection of rare master tapes from bands including New Order and Joy Division is going up for sale. Julia Adamson, a former member of the Fall and later assistant to the producer Martin Hannett and a sound engineer in Manchester, said she "rescued" the tapes, recorded by Hannett, and has had possession of them for years, Slicing Up Eyeballs reports

Adamson wrote on Facebook that she first offered the tapes to members of the bands who were involved in recording them. "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 wrote in the post. 

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Adamson is now seeking a collector to purchase the nearly 30 tapes, which includes an original master copy of Unknown Pleasures. "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)."

The collection also includes recordings by the Furs, Magazine, the Durutti Column, the Names, Slaughter and the Dogs and others. "Probably one of the reasons these tapes are in my hands in the first place, they were incalculably valuable and needed to be rescued from a skip," wrote Adamson, who currently runs the record label Invisible Girl.

In the Facebook post, she said interested parties can contact her about buying the collection. "I am keen for a collector to have them (the whole collection ideally) as they are very old and probably deteriorating and should be baked or whatever, nor do I really want to look after them anymore," she wrote.

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