NEW ORDER announce the release of the definitive edition of their 1985 studio album Low-Life

New Order
Credit: Kevin Cummins

Today (10th Nov), New Order are delighted to announce the release of the definitive edition of their 1985 studio album Low-Life. The collection includes an LP (180g), x2CDs, x2DVDs, and a book and features unreleased rare material across 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.

The 180g vinyl LP will be wrapped 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

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 box set, New Order is 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 (1985) 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.


12” Singles

Sub-Culture (with updated sleeve)


The Perfect Kiss

The Perfect Kiss D2C exclusive (Crystal Clear vinyl & Mirror Sleeve) – limited to 5000 only available via

LP 180g Vinyl

Side one

Love Vigilantes

The Perfect Kiss

This Time of Night


Side two


Sooner Than You Think


Face Up


Love Vigilantes

The Perfect Kiss

This Time Of Night



Sooner Than You Think


Face Up

CD2: Extras

Love Vigilantes - TV Pitch Instrumental Edit (mono)

The Perfect Kiss - Writing Session Recording

Untitled no. 1 - Writing Session Recording

Sunrise - Instrumental Rough Mix **

Elegia - Full Length Version *

Sooner Than You Think – Album Session Unedited Version

Sub-Culture - Album Session Early Instrumental Version

Face Up - Writing Session Recording

Let's Go – Album Session Instrumental

Untitled no. 2 - Writing Session Recording

Sunrise - Writing Session Recording

Love Vigilantes - Writing Session Recording

Sooner Than You Think - Writing Session Recording

Skullcrusher – Demo

All tracks previously unreleased except * and ** (previously unreleased on CD and Digital)


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

10. As It Is When It Was

11. Everything's Gone Green*

12. Sub-Culture*

13. Ceremony*

14. Let's Go*

15. This Time Of Night*

16. The Village

17. The Perfect Kiss*

18. Age Of Consent*

19. Sunrise

20. Temptation*

21. Face Up*

Live in Manchester

Whistle Test, The Hacienda 1985

22. As It Is When It Was

23. Sunrise

24. Face Up - Restored version using available footage from The Hacienda Dec ‘85 and July ‘85.


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

10. Thieves Like Us*

11. Temptation*

12. Confusion - Restored version from damaged tape with mixing desk audio.*

Live in Toronto

Filmed by Paul Boyd

The International Centre, Toronto, Canada 1985

13. Elegia*

14. Sub-Culture*

15. The Village*

16. Sunrise*

17. We All Stand

18. As It Is When It Was*

19. Love Vigilantes*

20. 586*

21. Age Of Consent

22. Temptation

23. Ceremony*

24. The Perfect Kiss*

The Perfect Film

Rehearsal Room, Cheetham Hill, Manchester 1985

25. The Perfect Kiss


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