...in a skip
Master Tapes

Master tapes containing material from Joy Division and New Order have been found in a skip.

Factory Records was never the most organised of institutions. Thriving on free-thinking and direct action, the imprint was able to ignite a special, special energy in Manchester and its environs.

Collapsing in an ignoble fashion as the 90s dawned, the label's legacy is now scattered. However few expected to find the master tapes for seminal Joy Division and New Order material in a skip.

As Pitchfork point out, Julia Adamson - former assistant to Martin Hannett - discovered a number of recordings made by the legendary producer had been thrown out. Posting a photo (above) to her Facebook page, she explained that these were "rescued tapes of Martin Hannetts .. anyone interested."

Amongst the labels shown in the photograph are the names of Factory greats Joy Division, New Order and The Durutti Column, alongside post-punk groups such as Magazine and Psychedelic Furs.

Continuing, Adamson explained that Peter Hook has been infuriated by the way in which the material was discovered. "He’s not a happy bunny. Tried the other band members, too, to no avail, and the record companies… 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. I know they are worth something to a collector… and good luck to them. 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)."

Seemingly, the collection is now up for sale. "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."

Find a series of features exploring the legacy of Factory Records HERE.


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