Archive for the ‘Versions, versions’ Category

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

Monday, October 28th, 2019

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).

Heaven 17 – ‘Penthouse and Pavement’ Canadian LP (Virgin VL 2225, 1981)

Monday, October 14th, 2019

It was initially a surprise to me when the ‘Penthouse and Pavement’ LP was released that ‘I’m Your Money’ was overlooked for inclusion, whereas ‘(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang’ was all present and correct. I was quite partial to ‘I’m Your Money’, its sequenced rhythm had a touch of the ‘Trans-Europe Express’ to it and it’s multi-lingual speech inserts also hinted at that Kraftwerk-like ambition to cross borders. But it was left off and that was that, until I came across this pressing that is…

Heaven 17 - Penthouse and Pavement - Canadian LP front cover design

^ Heaven 17 – Penthouse and Pavement – Canadian LP front cover design

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Skids – ‘Fields’ UK 7″ and 12″ (Virgin VS401 and VS401-12, 1981)

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

When first released in the summer of 1981, ‘Fields’ was quite a challenging release for Skids fans to get used to and it never really gained the success the new vision that the remaining band members, Richard Jobson and Russell Webb, had in mind for the band. The departure of Stewart Adamson was obvious, his familiar sonic hallmark missing from the A side, replaced by a somewhat more twangy guitar and a more pastoral scene fashioned from acoustic guitar, flute, traditional drums and layered, choral vocals. In retrospect it is not nearly the radical departure it was made out to be, though much of the subsequent ‘Joy’ album certainly would be.

Skids - 'Fields' 7" - Richard Jobson sleeve design, front

^ Skids – ‘Fields’ 7″ variation 1 – Richard Jobson sleeve design, front

Skids - 'Fields' 7" - Richard Jobson sleeve design, rear

^ Skids – ‘Fields’ 7″ variation 1, rear

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – ‘Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)’ (Dindisc DIN40-12), 1982 – ‘Coin’ sleeve version

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

Back in January 2013 I first posted about the Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark ‘Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)’ 12″ single with the foil finish ‘stained glass’ artwork version, with the note that I would follow-up with the foil-finish ‘coin’ artwork version at a later date. Well, some years later on than I had imaged, here we are!

'Maid of Orleans' front cover design 2 - 'coin' sleeve version - detail

^ ‘Maid of Orleans’ front cover design 2 – ‘coin’ sleeve version

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Gary Numan – ‘Remember I Was Vapour’ (Live) West German 12″ (Beggars Banquet INT 126.600, 1980)

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

An odd choice of single perhaps, not the most immediate song to shout ‘single’ release from ‘Telekon’ – but then, neither was ‘This Wreckage’, was it? This 12″ single was only released in the then West Germany and was immediately of appeal to collectors worldwide due to its attractive sleeve design and unique pairing of tracks. Remember, for me anyway, this was the era of interesting import releases that would be listed in the back pages of music papers such as Sounds, NME, etc with excitingly brief descriptions as ‘diff pic bag’ indicating some (variable) picture sleeve design from the familiar UK versions.

Gary Numan - 'Remember I Was Vapour' (Live) West German 12" front cover design

^ Gary Numan – ‘Remember I Was Vapour’ (Live) West German 12″ front cover design

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