THE IDEAL BEGINNING (7") PSS 138 Enigma 1981

Released April 1981. Also released as 12" (see below). .
Source: studio "The Warsaw Demos" July 18 1977

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Inside the line Gutz
  At a later date

Comes in a fold-out sleeve (similar to the original official An Ideal For Living 7" EP folder cover), the scans above only feature the front and back cover

So, is it a bootleg?

According to Neil Woodvine's privately published 1992 "book" (a stapled together computer print-out) entitled Joy Division:

"In May 1981 a most interesting item surfaced. An EP, or more accurately, a pair of EP's, titled 'THE IDEAL BEGINNING' featuring four unheard tracks, At a Later Date, Gutz, The Kill and Inside The Line. Released in excellent quality stereo, at first whether this was a bootleg or an officially sanctioned release was unclear. A little detective work revealed the source to be Manchester's Chaos Cassettes who claimed that it was not so much a bootleg as 'An underground collectors edition'. John West, the man responsible for Chaos releases said "We only had 2000 pressed so that it would remain collectable. It was done with the approval of the group's management. They did it just the same as they did the Sordide Sentimental deal last year. They did it just to show people what early Joy Division were like". Enclosed in a sleeve designed after An Ideal For Living the EP's were issued on May 18th 1981, exactly one year after Ian's death. A bootleg in all but name, royalties of a fashion were paid to the band."


THE IDEAL BEGINNING (12") Anon A/B Anonymous Records 1981

Released 18 May 1981. Black and white cover.
Source: studio.

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Gutz At a later date
  The kill

From "The Warsaw Demos" July 18 1977 which was never officially released.
Joy Division are famous for changing their song-titles, and THIS version of "The kill" is a totally different song than "The kill" off "Still"!

A few copies of this came with a four page photocopied insert featuring a Factory discography and a letter from Steve Morris circa 1978. The letter was probably originally part of the An Ideal For Living 7" EP music press promo pack. Apparently Joy Division were so impatient they sent it out to various music papers before they even got the folder covers back from the printers.
 

Click the three links below to see the pages

  Scan 1 Scan 2 Scan 3


THE IDEAL BEGINNING (12") LP 663 Anonymous Records 1980s

Released mid 1980s. Black and white cover.
Source: studio.
Greek pressing from the same people who did The Short Circuit 12", The Ideal for Living 12", and Buzzcocks "Spiral Scratch"
Hand written matrix numbers: 663 A F and 663 B F

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Gutz At a later date
  The kill

From "The Warsaw Demos" July 18 1977 which was never officially released.
Joy Division are famous for changing their song-titles, and THIS version of "The kill" is a totally different song than "The kill" off "Still"!

This LP is identical to the one above (Anon A/B) apart from the catalogue number and the following additional wording on the front cover:

"JOY DIVISION'S
FIRST RECORDINGS
LIMITED EDITION
COLLECTORS ITEM"


THE IDEAL BEGINNING (7") Limited Fan Club Edition

Limited fanclub edition (300 hand-numbered copies). Matrix numbers sscratched off.
Source: studio.

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Thanks to David for the scans

Inside the line At a later date
Gutz The Kill
You're no good for me  

This comes in a poor-quality folder cover, probably a photocopy