Pixies Digitally Announce Box Set

 

Taking preorders on
June 15… operators standing by…. All major credit cards accepted…

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Bono may call them “one of America’s greatest bands ever” but
don’t hold that against ‘em: most of you love the Pixies just the way they are.
Or were. Sometimes both at one time.

 

At the moment, though, operative term is “were,” and there’s
a special collector’s box set showcasing the Boston band’s first five studio albums en
route to address just that. Titled Minotaur, it will be aimed squarely at the fan market, specifically those who will be
able to cough up $175 (for the “Deluxe Edition”) or $450 (for the “Limited
Edition

 

You’ll be able to start preordering the box at www.ainr.com as of June 15.

 

Full details below, but since if you’re reading this you’re
a Pixies fan, we’d be remiss if we didn’t also tip you to the band’s official “digital
press release” announcing the box set. See the video for Minotaur below. In the future, all marketing will be done via
YouTube, it seems….

 

 

 

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Minotaur details:

 

 

Minotaur was spearheaded
by Jeff Anderson, founder of A+R (Artist in Residence), who has put together
expansive and eye-catching versions of releases by Nine Inch Nails, Beck, and
Sigur Ros. The Deluxe Edition will include all five Pixies studio albums – Come
On Pilgrim
 (1987), Surfer Rosa (1988), Doolittle (1989), Bossanova (1990),
and Trompe
le Monde
 (1991) – on 24k layered CD and Blu-ray (five
discs total), with reinterpreted artwork by Vaughan Oliver, the graphic designer
who created all of the artwork that accompanied the Pixies’ studio albums.
 Also included in the Deluxe Edition will be a DVD of a Pixies 1991
performance at the Brixton Academy in London,
the group’s videos, possible live tracks, and a 54-page book, all housed in a
custom slipcase.  The Minotaur Limited
Edition version will include everything in the Deluxe Edition, as well as all
five albums on 180 gram vinyl, a Giclee print of Oliver’s artwork, and a
72-page hardcover book, all housed in an oversized custom clamshell cover.

 

 

Anderson explained the idea behind the set.  “As a Pixies
fan, I asked myself, ‘How can we re-release this without making this just
another box set?’  I think we’ve all been down that road where you’ve
purchased a box set and have been disappointed by only getting a few bonus
tracks and a few extra photos.  With the Pixies, because they remain such
a contemporary band and their sound is still so relevant today, we wanted to
re-introduce them to their fans, giving them something that they would truly
appreciate and cherish.  And also, how can we introduce the band to new
fans?  What soon followed was the idea of Vaughan Oliver.”

 

 

Oliver – who was the resident
album designer for the Pixies’ British label 4AD – explains how he assembled
the now instantly-recognizable album covers for the band.  “My
starting point would always be the music, reading the lyrics, talking with the
band – what their preferences were, in film and painting.  With the
Pixies, it was work that was always close to my heart and my own personal
aesthetic – the images that Charles [aka Black Francis] painted with his lyrics
really struck a chord.  His work is full of fantastic imagery that always
appealed to me, and those were ideas I was trying to reflect with the
packaging.”

 

 

After discussing the project with Anderson, Oliver came up
with an intriguing idea.  “I said, ‘That was then, this is now.
 Why don’t we do a whole new body of work?  It’s all born of the same
lyrics and albums – it would be evolving the ideas we had in the original
packages.’  I worked with the same photographer who I worked with back
then, Simon Larbalestier.  If there were a ‘fifth Pixie,’ it would have
been Simon – his work so suited what they were doing.  Simon’s gone out
and shot a whole new body of work.  He was a bit panicked at first, he
said, ‘The old sleeves – with the topless Spanish dancer, the red planet – have
become iconic.’  I said to Simon, ‘Don’t be scared.  You’re 20 years
on, you’re a better photographer.  Let’s take all those same things and do
a new body of work.’  He shot some amazing images that I think surpass
what we did first time around.”

 

 

Now an art teacher at the
University of the Creative Arts in Epsom [in Surrey, U.K.],
Oliver called upon his students for some input for the Pixies set.
 “I selected a team of students under my direction to work with the
titles in the track listing, in a three dimensional way.  Cutting the
track listing out of cards, shining light through it, making the track titles
from nails – all very organic.  We’re using the type as ‘image.’
 There’s a link when you look at them visually with the images that I’m
putting next to them in the book.”

 

 

Upon seeing the gorgeous packaging
and effort that has gone into both the Deluxe and Limited Editions of Minotaur,
Pixies fans worldwide will get a chance to experience the Pixies in a whole new
manner, thanks to Anderson, Oliver, and Larbalestier.  “We design
some interesting and innovative packages,” adds Anderson.  “We’re not inexpensive,
but I think there are still people out there who don’t mind paying for great
quality.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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