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New Order announce 'Low Life' definitive edition with vinyl, book, DVD, more

New Order’s 1985 album ‘Low-Life’ is to be reissued as part of a new definitive edition box set.

Due out on 27th January, the box set includes the full original album on 180g vinyl, as well as two CDs, two DVDs and a book. Previously unheard and rare bonus material by the band will be included across the various formats within the release.

One CD in the set will take in a number of unreleased and alternate versions of tracks from the album and the time of its release. This will include instrumental versions of ”Love Vigilantes’ and ‘Sub-Culture’, as well as an extended mix of ‘Sooner Than You Can Think’.

The DVDs will include an unreleased live performance from Belgium’s The Manhattan Club, as well as rarely seen footage from live sets at Rotterdam Arena, Toronto’s International Centre and an edition of the BBC show ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’, filmed at Manchester’s Haçienda in 1985.

The hardback book, meanwhile, will include rare photos and a new interview with the band’s members. The vinyl pressing of the album will be wrapped in its original Peter Saville-designed ‘heavyweight tracing paper’.

As well as the box set reissue, the band are lining up 12″ vinyl reissues of the album’s singles, including a limited edition press of ‘The Perfect Kiss’ on crystal clear vinyl, which will come with a mirror sleeve. The track will also receive a standard press, in addition to singles ‘Sub-Culture’ and ‘Shellshock’.

“The mirror finish for ‘The Perfect Kiss” sleeve was the idea at the time (1985) that unfortunately was not realised,” said Peter Saville in a statement about the new edition of the single.”I have wanted to see it ever since. The original concept was intended to evoke the reflective glamour of a lipstick in a minimal / pop art style.”

In 2020, New Order teamed up with Adidas to launch a capsule collection, NWRDRSPZL.

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