Because the used label and names looked silly, proper labels were printed on various colours of paper and included separately with the records. Some “promotional” sleeves were made on all kinds of different cardboard and paper, all in about 40 copies I think.
A limited edition was made of the very first issue of the History in Cuttings book, including a cassette with Joy Division’s second Peel Session and New Order’s Western Works demo’s. The “Ideal” EP in a special silver pouch , all together in a see-through plastic cover. Not much of these were made, 50 or 60 copies.
A year later a repressing was done and this time several white label copies were made.
Top: cassette cover
Middle: label for "Ideal" EP
Bottom: cassette label
The second release was, the now legendary, “Solitary Demands” EP. It was released in the summer of 1982, again on the Coco record label. It consists of the Paradiso tapes and two tracks from the second Peel session, then also available for the first time on vinyl. The cover shot was made during the Dutch tour. The picture on the back was made by Kevin Cummins at the Russel Club gig (17-7-1979). Again, a lot of different paper sleeves were made to frustrate the collector who “wants everything”. In the case of Joy Division impossible now!
The EP was sold out quickly and has not been repressed.
The third release was the “Out of Balance, Out of Tune” EP. Some people thought the title did injustice to Joy Division, but in my view it’s a good one, as the title covers the contents. The recording was made during the soundcheck from the gig in High Wycombe on Feb 20 1980 (the gig itself is available on the “Live Transmission - Dance to the Radio” album). For the release the tape was heavily edited, as there were a lot of false starts and nonsense on it. One track was omitted totally, because only about 10 minutes playing time per side are available. It’s a nice EP though with an OK sleeve. The review on the back comes from the NME review of the University of London gig (Feb 8 1980). This time a numbered edition was made. 500 copies it says, but I think some more records were made, as the EP is still available.