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Pixies - Minotaur Box Set

Monday, 4 January 2010

Pixies Minotaur

It's probably the only music coverart ever to get its own video and pre-launch exhibition, and apparently there are still a few left. The Pixies monumental box-set 'Minotaur', which was released on June 15th 2009 in a limited edition of 3000 signed copies, is apparently almost sold out.

The boxset was designed by Vaughan Oliver and photographer Simon Larbalestier, the original collaborators on the album artwork for all five Pixies' studio albums during the 1980's. The albums were all released on the legendary 4AD label, for which Oliver designed dozens of brilliant album covers up until 1987.

Minotaur includes all five studio albums (Come on Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa, Doolittle, Bossanova, and Trompe le Monde), on vinyl and CD, plus some other DVD and Blu Ray assemblage, and is all packaged inside a custom designed folio. Also included is a 7.75 x 8.25 inch 54-page book. There is also a deluxe version that includes more discs and even more photography. A copy will still set you back about £200. Check it out if you have not seen it -

4AD Records
Minotaur Exhibition Video
Interview with Vaughan Oliver