Joy Division Debut EP Reissued for Record Store Day

Limited edition of 'An Ideal for Living' was remastered at Abbey Road Studios in London

Joy Division perform in Rotterdam.
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March 20, 2014 3:40 PM ET

Joy Division's 1978 debut EP An Ideal for Living will be reissued with new artwork for this year's Record Store Day, according to a post on the group's Facebook.

The new version was remastered at Abbey Road Studios in London by the band's longtime engineer, Frank Arkwright. Its re-imagined artwork pays tribute to the scaffolding that appeared on the EP's 12-inch release, which followed up the original 7-inch. The new An Ideal for Living EP will be available as a limited edition record at select retailers during this year's Record Store Day, which takes place on April 19th (you can check out a full list of participating stores in the U.S. and U.K. on the event's site).

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Joy Division are yet another big name to join the ever-growing roster for this year's Record Store Day : Bruce Springsteen is readying American Beauty, a new four-song EP; R.E.M. will drop Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions from their performances on the MTV show; the Flaming Lips have two releases planned, including their hour-long 2011 single "7 Skies H3"; and Jay Z and Linkin Park are set to reissue their 2004 collaboration Collision Course.

Other notable releases include Green Day's 18-track disc of demos (which includes previously unreleased songs), LCD Soundsystem's final concert as a five-LP set, a vinyl box set of Soundgarden singles, and Neil Young's Official Release Series Discs 5 – 8 box set, which features limited-edition, analog-remastered vinyl releases of Time Fades Away, On the Beach, Tonight's the Night and Zuma. Public Enemy MC Chuck D will take up the mantle of this year's Record Store Day ambassador.


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