New Order have announced the release of the definitive edition of their 1985 studio album Low-Life. It’s scheduled for release on 27 January 2023.
The collection includes an LP (180g), x2CDs, x2DVDs, a book and features unreleased rare material across the different formats and new sleeve designs.
CD 2 contains previously unreleased mixes and alternative versions, including Love Vigilantes and Sub Culture instrumentals, Sooner Than You Think Full Length Unedited.
The two DVDs include an unreleased performance from The Manhattan Club, Belgium and rarely seen footage from Rotterdam Arena (Netherlands), International Centre (Toronto, Canada) and a BBC filmed Whistle Test at The Hacienda, 1985.
Also included in the set is a beautifully presented hardback book featuring rare photos and a new interview with all band members.
In addition to the boxset, New Order are also releasing the 12” singles including a limited edition version of The Perfect Kiss pressed on Crystal Clear vinyl in a ‘mirror sleeve’. Sub-Culture’s plain black (no label) sleeve has also been updated with a new design, incorporating the original concept.
Peter Saville says of The Perfect Kiss: “The mirror finish for The Perfect Kiss sleeve was the idea at the time  that unfortunately was not realised. I have wanted to see it ever since. The original concept was intended to evoke the reflective glamour of a lipstick (re Perfect Kiss) in a minimal/pop art style. The Perfect Kiss in this form will be transformative and a must-have for fans and collectors alike”.
Peter Saville says of Sub-Culture: “LABEL ONLY was specified in 1985 due to time pressure around the original release and as a consequence, a sleeve design for the re-release has no actual precedent. However, exploring the principle ‘the solution is in the problem’ has led to the subliminal evocation of a sleeve that is still LABEL ONLY.”
Low-Life was recorded in 1984 at Jam and Britannia Row Studios and produced by New Order.