Background:For sale is a copy of the unbelievably rare Japanese promo 7" of Blue Monday/Confusion from 1983. Made by Nippon Columbia to promote New Order's first releases in Japan, only 25 were ever manufactured. Today it is considered by many collectors to be the Holy Grail of New Order rarities.
Three things in particular make this item unique and particularly sought after: 1) It has totally unique sleeve art - a grey-on-yellow tilted Factory symbol. 2) This is the only 100% official version of Blue Monday to be made on 7" format - all others in the UK and elsewhere were manufactured on 12" (although there was a quasi/unoffical Polish Tonpress 45). 3) Perhaps most importantly, this record offers a completely unique mix of the song - a Blue Monday edit timing 4:09, as opposed to 7-minute+ standard version. Finally, a potentially fourth unique aspect of this record is that it uniquely pairs the A-side with Confusion on the flip.
All in all, an essential collectible!!
(BTW, The guy currently selling the same disc for $1400 on Ebay totally copied the description I wrote when I sold another BM 7" a few years ago on Ebay.)
Condition:Disc - NM-/VG++ Conservatively graded. Disc shows a bit of surface wear on both sides, a few light usage streaks, but these do not affect playback. There is also written ‘25G (CT?)’ in marker on the A-side label, no doubt a radio station notation.
Insert - VG+ The 2-sided insert is in quite good condition except for a strip of leftover tape where a radio information label was once attached.
It will be shipped using EMS express mail, which includes tracking and insurance.
North America/Australia: $15
Record will be well-secured between thick cardboard stiffeners and sent in a customized record mailer.
Please place a bid only if you're serious about buying the item. If the seller is unable to establish contact with the winning bidder within 3 days of the end of the auction, item may be relisted.
Payment Details: PayPal