Observations: New golden age for Pixies fans
Friday 19 June 2009
For anyone tired of the CD box-set, the Pixies have created something to rival the rest. More than a box-set, the band are not only lending their autographs to the 3,000 copies of the new limited-edition of Minotaur, but they have also enlisted the talents of graphic designer Vaughan Oliver, renowned for his artwork which adorns all of the Pixies' albums and releases on the record label 4AD. "I know people who used to buy the vinyl records from 4AD, they didn't even know who the band was, they just bought the vinyl so they could have the artwork of Vaughan Oliver", says the bassist Kim Deal. Such was the contribution of Oliver that his signature appears alongside that of the four band members.
The colossal 25-pounder, which arrives in a clamshell container, includes all five of the Pixies' studio albums on 24k gold-plated CDs and Blu-ray discs, the band's previously unreleased 1991 performance at London's Brixton Academy, all of the group's videos, a book of works by Oliver and a print by their photographer Simon Larbalestier. If that weren't enough, the new version adds five albums on vinyl; a faux fur hardcover fine-art book of Oliver and Larbalestier's artwork and two posters.
"I like that the sheer size of Minotaur moves it into the category of being an art object as opposed to being just a CD box-set," says frontman Frank Black. "It's not necessarily something you'd put next to your stereo, but on your marble coffee table with your other art books." Drummer David Lovering adds: "It's beyond my expectations. I thought it was going to be your typical box-set, but it's monstrous."
And it has a price tag to match, at $495. The deluxe edition is a more affordable $170.
TV reviewBroadcasting House was preparing for a visit from Prince Charles spoiler alert
Glastonbury Michael Eavis reveals final headline act 'most likely' British pair
Film Ewan McGregor joins star-studded Beauty and the Beast cast as Lumiere
TVThe Island with Bear Grylls under fire after male contestants kill and eat rare crocodile
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Avengers: Age of Ultron: Nearly 700 German cinemas refuse to show movie
- 2 Man cooked alive with 12,000 pounds of tuna
- 3 X Factor in crisis as numbers of people auditioning plummets
- 4 General Election 2015: Stephen Hawking says he will vote Labour
- 5 Baltimore riots: Furious mother marches her son home live on TV
Fast & Furious 7 overtakes Frozen to become 5th highest grossing movie of all time
Poldark finale review: How a costume drama became a Sunday night swoon-fest
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Nearly 700 German cinemas refuse to show movie
Game of Thrones season 5: Episode 4 preview clip presents the Sand Snakes as HBO reveals new titles and synopses
The Visit: Watch terrifying trailer for M Night Shyamalan's latest horror film
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
Bali Nine executions live: Indonesian firing squad shoots dead eight drug offenders despite outcry around world, but a ninth is spared
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera writer mocked after issuing a warning about Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon