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Factory Records release two vinyl box sets to celebrate 40th anniversary

Factory Records is celebrating its 40th anniversary with the release of two box sets and a major exhibition. The two box sets, Use Hearing Protection: Factory Records 1978-1979 and Factory: Communications 1978-1992 is a collection of unheard rare material from the archives alongside Factory classics.

Use Hearing Protection: Factory Records 1978-1979 contains facsimile editions of the first 10 numbered Factory items: 4 vinyl records, 3 posters, a short film, Factory stationery, and an egg-timer design. The early history of the label is traced in a 60-page book with text by James Nice, photos by Kevin Cummins and archival interviews with Tony Wilson, Rob Gretton, Joy Division and more.

All 3 original Factory posters are contained in the box as well as the first 4 records: The Factory Sample EP (Fac 2), All Night Party by A Certain Ratio (Fac 5), Electricity by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (Fac 6) and classic album Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division (Fact 10).

The second box set, Factory Communications: 1978-92 is an 8LP silver vinyl boxed set with a 40-page booklet. The set is curated by Jon Savage and features 63 tracks including cuts from New Order, Joy Division, The Durutti Column, Happy Mondays, Electronic, A Certain Ratio, Section 25 and many others. Sleeve notes were written by Paul Morley. It is being released as a limited run of only 500 units worldwide.

Use Hearing Protection: Factory Records 1978-1979 (Limited Edition Box) will be released on 11th October. Whilst Factory Communications: 1978-92 (Limited Edition Silver 8LP) is due for a release on 8th November.

Following up on the release would be the exhibition also titled Use Hearing Protection, debuting at Chelsea Space in London from September 14th to 21st. It features exhibitions of the first 50 numbered Factory artifacts, including works by Peter Saville, Joy Division, New Order, A Certain Ratio, Durutti Column, and Linder Sterling. An expanded version of the Use Hearing Protection exhibition, developed by The Science And Industry Museum in Manchester will open in July of 2020.

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