Joy Division – ‘Unknown Pleasures’ UK CD (Factory FACD10, 1986)

Sometimes it is enough just to celebrate something for what it is without needing to explore any obscure variations. With this post, I focus on the first time Joy Division’s wonderful ‘Unknown Pleasures’ made an appearance on CD and where Factory attempted to overcome the tyranny of the ’80s CD jewel case and somehow tap into the spirit of the original sleeve design.

For starters, the ‘car carry case’ – a miniaturised revision of the original sleeve design. Shorn of any need to include the tracklisting on the reverse, it kept things minimal. The tracklisting was provided only on one of the jewel case inserts. Yes, in addition to the carry case, the CD jewel case comes with not one but two inserts. Both of which come printed on similar ‘textured’ card stock to that used on the original album sleeve and the car carry case this time round. I hope that the photos help to capture the textured card stock so you can see for yourself.

One odd thing about it though – at some point in the design process, it looks like the photograph from one side of the inner sleeve has gone awol from this redesign – the originally uncredited photo, ‘Hand Through a Doorway‘ by Ralph Gibson.

Joy Division 'Unknown Pleasures' original UK CD car carry case - front.

^ Joy Division ‘Unknown Pleasures’ original UK CD car carry case – front.

Joy Division 'Unknown Pleasures' original UK CD car carry case - rear.

^ Joy Division ‘Unknown Pleasures’ original UK CD car carry case – rear.

Joy Division 'Unknown Pleasures' original UK CD jewel case - front.

^ Joy Division ‘Unknown Pleasures’ original UK CD jewel case – front.

Joy Division 'Unknown Pleasures' original UK CD jewel case - rear.

^ Joy Division ‘Unknown Pleasures’ original UK CD jewel case – rear.

Joy Division 'Unknown Pleasures' original UK CD main insert - rear.

^ Joy Division ‘Unknown Pleasures’ original UK CD main insert – rear.

Joy Division 'Unknown Pleasures' original UK CD main insert front and second insert (front).

^ Joy Division ‘Unknown Pleasures’ original UK CD main insert front and second insert (front).

Joy Division 'Unknown Pleasures' original UK CD disc label.

^ Joy Division ‘Unknown Pleasures’ original UK CD disc label.

Joy Division 'Unknown Pleasures' original UK CD second insert (front) with main insert inside spread (background).

^ Joy Division ‘Unknown Pleasures’ original UK CD second insert (front) with main insert inside spread (background).

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