Perhaps oddly, the ebullient if existentially minded dance-pop of New Order rose from the ashes of the darkest, most volatile of British post-punk outfits, Joy Division—which ceased to exist wi

Perhaps oddly, the ebullient if existentially minded dance-pop of New Order rose from the ashes of the darkest, most volatile of British post-punk outfits, Joy Division—which ceased to exist with the 1980 suicide of leader Ian Curtis, whose exposed-nerve poetry and feral performances virtually embodied the urban disaffection of post-industrial Britain. This definitive four-disc boxed set shows why the Joy Division sound—Continental art rock and British punk balanced on a razor's edge—inspired a generation of kindred spirits across Europe and America. The iconic singles "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and "She's Lost Control" have lost none of their force with the years, but among the broadcast sessions, outtakes, and other extras, it's the 19 raw, beyond-real live tracks that will leave jaws agape. And Jon Savage's eyewitness essay sets the stage ideally.—BB