New Order / Low-Life box set

‘Definitive Edition’ 5-disc box set

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Low-Life / New Order LP+2CD+DVD 'Definitive Edition'

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The ‘Definitive Edition’ of the album is a LP+2CD+2DVD box featuring unreleased audio and rare live performances

New Order are to reissue a ‘definitive edition’ box set of their 1985 album Low-Life, early next year.

The album featured the singles ‘The Perfect Kiss’ and ‘Sub-Culture’, although neither song was a top 40 hit in the UK. The non-album track ‘Shellshock’ followed (it featured on the Pretty in Pink soundtrack) and reached #28 in the UK charts.

The box set features a 180g vinyl LP, two CDs, two DVDs and a book. The second CD features previously unreleased mixes and alternate versions of songs including rough mixes and ‘Writing Session Recordings’.

The New Order Low-Life ‘definitive edition’ box set (click image to enlarge)

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. The vinyl LP record comes in its original ‘heavyweight tracing paper’, designed by Peter Saville. In addition, the CD will also be wrapped in the same way for the first time ever

The box includes a hardcover book with rare photos and a new interviews with band members. As with previous box sets, New Order will release the singles on vinyl 12-inch. These are ‘The Perfect Kiss’, ‘Sub-Culture’ and ‘Shellshock’.

The Low-Life box set will be released on 27 January 2023, via Rhino.


Low-Life New Order /

    • CD 1
      1. Love Vigilantes
      2. The Perfect Kiss
      3. This Time Of Night
      4. Sunrise
      5. Elegia
      6. Sooner Than You Think
      7. Sub-Culture
      8. Face Up
    • CD 2: Extras
      1. Love Vigilantes – TV Pitch Instrumental Edit (mono)
      2. The Perfect Kiss – Writing Session Recording
      3. Untitled no. 1 – Writing Session Recording
      4. Sunrise – Instrumental Rough Mix **
      5. Elegia – Full Length Version *
      6. Sooner Than You Think – Album Session Unedited Version
      7. Sub-Culture – Album Session Early Instrumental Version
      8. Face Up – Writing Session Recording
      9. Let’s Go – Album Session Instrumental
      10. Untitled no. 2 – Writing Session Recording
      11. Sunrise – Writing Session Recording
      12. Love Vigilantes – Writing Session Recording
      13. Sooner Than You Think – Writing Session Recording
      14. Skullcrusher – Demo
      All tracks previously unreleased except * and ** (previously unreleased on CD and Digital)
    • DVD 1
      Live in Tokyo
      The Koseinenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan 1985
      1. Confusion
      2. Love Vigilantes
      3. We All Stand
      4. As It Is When It Was
      5. Sub-Culture
      6. Face Up
      7. Sunrise
      8. This Time Of Night
      9. Blue Monday
      Live in Rotterdam
      The Rotterdam Arena, Netherlands 1985
      1. As It Is When It Was
      2. Everything’s Gone Green*
      3. Sub-Culture*
      4. Ceremony*
      5. Let’s Go*
      6. This Time Of Night*
      7. The Village
      8. The Perfect Kiss*
      9. Age Of Consent*
      10. Sunrise
      11. Temptation*
      12. Face Up*
      Live in Manchester
      Whistle Test, The Hacienda 1985
      1. As It Is When It Was
      2. Sunrise
      3. Face Up – Restored version using available footage from The Hacienda Dec ‘85 and July ‘85.
    • DVD 2
      Live in Leuven
      The Manhattan Club, Leuven, Belgium 1985
      1. Let’s Go*
      2. The Perfect Kiss*
      3. Age Of Consent*
      4. State Of The Nation*
      5. As It Is When It Was*
      6. The Village*
      7. Sub-Culture*
      8. Atmosphere*
      9. Blue Monday*
      Bonus Tracks
      1. Thieves Like Us*
      2. Temptation*
      3. Confusion – Restored version from damaged tape with mixing desk audio.*
      Live in Toronto
      Filmed by Paul Boyd
      The International Centre, Toronto, Canada 1985
      1. Elegia*
      2. Sub-Culture*
      3. The Village*
      4. Sunrise*
      5. We All Stand
      6. As It Is When It Was*
      7. Love Vigilantes*
      8. 586*
      9. Age Of Consent
      10. Temptation
      11. Ceremony*
      12. The Perfect Kiss*
      The Perfect Film
      Rehearsal Room, Cheetham Hill, Manchester 1985
      1. The Perfect Kiss

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