The Ultimate Joy Division Rarity

It is with great pleasure we are able to offer this incredible Joy Division item. The mega rare ORIGINAL 1978 UK 4-track 7" vinyl EP An Ideal For Living, on the bands own Enigma label, housed in fold-out 'Hitler Youth drummer boy' picture sleeve, this legendary item has its own place in the history of punk/newwave!


This 4-track 7" EP was recorded at the Pennine Sound Studio, Oldham in December 1977 when the band were still known as WARSAW. It was eventually released in the summer of 1978 on the bands' own Enigma label, despite them not being happy with the sound quality, after the band name change to Joy Division.

This was their first official relase and before signing to the legendary Factory Records label.

The sleeve, which showed a controversial image of a Hitler Youth drumming boy alongside the 'Joy Division!' name, folds out into a 14" x 14" poster sleeve which was designed by band guitarist Bernard Albrecht (nee Sumner). Legend has it that the band had to fold the sleeves and add the vinyl 7"s themselves!

The 7" has been the subject of various bootleg 're-issues'.



The matt black label has silver lettering with the catalogue number PSS139

Matrix numbers read:

PSS-139-EP-A-1 EG
PSS-139-EP-B-1 EG

The vinyl itself shows few signs of being played, with only some light spindle wear, and one or two inaudible hairline marks on the playing surface, although as mentioned above the band were not over happily with the actual sound recording quality, hence the reason that it was re-released on 12" vinyl for superior clarity.

The black & white sleeve folds out into a 1-sided 14" x 14" 'poster'. The overall condition is excellent with some light foxing, and only very minimal discolouration. Due to being made from a nice heavy stock card it has remained intact, but should still be handled with great care.

This particular copy we are delighted to offer apparently came from a record stall in a market in Manchester in 1978 from a gentleman who was involved in the punk scene at the time, and who even booked a gig for Joy Division in Manchester.

This historical record is easily the holy grail for any serious Joy Division collector, and something that no collector should be without, and is deserving of its place in musical history given the legacy of the iconic Manchester band that it spawned

I hope this goes to someone who will cherish this as much as i would, because even getting to see this was easily the happiest moment of my life. Do not miss out!

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