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New Order ‘Furoshiki’ Box Set

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SDE’s man in Japan, James Eldred, reports on a fascinating and unique box set edition of New Order’s Music Complete album…


It appears that New Order quietly released a new box set last week, this one exclusive to Japan.

Made only available at their pair of shows in Tokyo, as well as a pre-concert promotional event, the New Order Furoshiki Box Set, which takes its name from the traditional Japanese cloth it comes wrapped in, is an interesting set full of unique content that can’t be found anywhere else…

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Inside the box is the Music Complete album on white cassette tape, marking the album’s debut on the format, alongside CD singles for Restless, Singularity and Tutti Frutti. These versions of the CD singles are unique to this box set, and all include an additional track. The Restless single includes the Agoria Dub, while Singularity comes with the JS Zeiter Instrumental, both of which are exclusive to this box set. The Tutti Frutti CD features a mix by Japanese electronic music maestro Takkyu Ishino, a wonderful remix of that was previously only available digitally or on the Japanese twelve-inch single. A Japanese lyric sheet taken from the original Japanese CD release is included as well.

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While the inclusion of a cassette tape (sans download code) is little more than a novelty, the CD singles and the overall presentation of the box set are lovely, and certainly leaps and bounds over the shoddy Music Complete super deluxe box set from last year.

The box retailed at the concerts for 6,000 yen, roughly equal to about $54 USD. That may sound like a lot, remember that CDs in Japan routinely cost at least 3,300 yen (about $30 USD), so two and a half hours of New Order remixes on CD, as well as a complete album on tape, all literally wrapped in a box, isn’t that bad a deal.

No official news on whether or not the box set will be made available outside the show, but given its intricacy and rather niche appeal, it doesn’t seem likely.


Review by James Eldred for SDE. James lives in Tokyo, Japan and writes about music, pop culture, and existential dread at Mostly-Retro.com and lostturntable.com


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Photos all copyright James Eldred

track_listing

Restless

  1. Restless (Single Version)

  2. Restless (Extended 12″ Mix)

  3. Restless (Agoria Remix)

  4. Restless (xxxy Build Up Mix)

  5. Restless (RAC Mix)

  6. Restless (Andrew Weatherall Remix)

  7. Restless (Agoria Dub) (Exclusive to the Box Set)

Singularity

  1. Singularity (Single Edit)

  2. Singularity (Extended Mix)

  3. Singularity (Erol Alkan’s Stripped Mix)

  4. Singularity (Mark Reeder’s Duality Remix Edit)

  5. Singularity (JS Zeiter Remix)

  6. Singularity (JS Zeiter Remix Instrumental) (Exclusive to the Box Set)

Tutti Frutti

  1. Tutti Frutti (Single Version)

  2. Tutti Frutti (12″ Extended Mix Two)

  3. Tutti Frutti (Hot Chip Remix)

  4. Tutti Frutti (Tom Trago’s Crazy Days Remix)

  5. Tutti Frutti (Richy Ahmed Remix)

  6. Tutti Frutti (Hallo Halo Remix)

  7. Tutti Frutti (Tom Rowlands Remix)

  8. Tutti Frutti (Takkyu Ishino Remix) (First appearance on CD)

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24 responses to New Order ‘Furoshiki’ Box Set

  1. Alan Wilson says:

    You can pre-order this on Amazon Japan, I was just reading about this very box yesterday.

    http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B01G8PFO2Y

  2. Auntie Sabrina says:

    Nice collectors item. Do they still make cassette decks then?

  3. Straker says:

    @£52 shipped. Ages since I bought myself anything from Japan and while it’s tempting I don’t think I can justify it.

  4. Tim says:

    In the tracklisting, I think it should be the “Takkyu Ishino Remix” on Track 8 of the Tutti Frutti CD.

  5. Mark says:

    Saving my cash for the huuuuuge Hillage box in Autumn.

  6. Kiki says:

    Well, that said, it seems that the extended version of “Restless” (which was included on the original japanese Cd) has disappear. It also seems that this extended version was unique to Japan…

  7. Michel D. says:

    Really tempting but my money will be on the next mega King Crimson box set this October!

  8. Hiram says:

    Ordered!! Can’t miss this, guys! Thanks for the heads up! Was looking on how to get it.

  9. Tracey says:

    Ordered! Looks like a great package.

  10. Guy says:

    Per the Peter Saville website, it was always planned for release outside the Japanese concert dates. It should currently be available to purchase via Tower in Tokyo, and all other Japanese vendors on June 18th. You can currently find it for order on HMV.co.jp as well.

  11. Richard says:

    Is there a way of ordering this without needing to understand Japanese?!

    • Straker says:

      Top of your browser, in the middle…”In English”.

      Alternatively access the site in Google Chrome and you can translate automatically. You’ll need separate log-in details if you’re not already registered as your existing password/email won’t work in the same way it does by simply being registered already on one of the other Amazon sites.

  12. Guy says:

    At HMV.co.jp there is an option along the top that says ‘English’. As long as you are not blocking cookies, it should change to the English version and you shouldn’t have to do it again in the future. Alternatively type http://www.hmv.co.jp/en/ in your browser address bar.

    Amazon.co.jp has a similar option in the middle of the header.

  13. Alan Wilson says:

    Just a suggestion to those placing orders, I personally would opt for Amazon, as that is adding the VAT on automatically at the point of the order. Therefore you won’t have any of those sneaky postage or vat charges when you take delivery of it.

    I’m not sure Tower or HMV offer that option so it could work out around £20 or so more from the original price if you order from those 2 stores.

    Just a suggestion, but obviously it’s down to your personal preference or gamble when it comes to potential VAT charges etc.

  14. Richard Skews says:

    Thanks for your help – I was looking on my phone, but for once it was easier to dust off the PC and order from there!

  15. PC says:

    Tried before, but never been able to put a foreign shipping address when ordering something.
    Anyone knows how this works?

    • Alan Wilson says:

      @PC

      If you’re using Amazon Japan, there’s 2 options when adding the address, add a domestic address or add an International address, chose the International one.

      Also make sure you’ve changed the Amazon settings to English (you can now set this to default so every time you use the site it turns it into English for you) to make it easier, or if you’re still having issues use the Chrome Web Browser and that will automatically also translate the site for you.

  16. PC says:

    Thanks Alan!

    Will give it a shot for future purchases. In the meantime ordered the ‘Furoshiki’ Box at cdjapan. They also have it listed.

  17. Tom Saltarelli says:

    Thanks for posting I ordered it to ship to USA from Amazon. $68

  18. Martyn Alner says:

    If anyone’s interested I ordered the 12″ Japanese vinyl of Tutti Frutti from Amazon.jp and it arrived today – it was a little bent at the corners but plays fine and you get a digital download code inside too. The exclusive mix isn’t half bad.

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