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Five classic 4AD releases from Pixies are going to be reissued as both Limited Edition and Deluxe Edition collector’s sets entitled Minotaur. 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 – Minotaur will be available for pre-order at beginning Monday, June 15, 2009. The Minotaur Deluxe Edition will retail for $175, while the Minotaur Limited Edition will be priced at $450.

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.

It does look awesome – photos here

Pixies Minotaur Box Set

Nice site set up to celebrate our love of brilliant music-related design.

Hard Format isn’t intended to become a dusty museum devoted exclusively to past glories, though there’ll certainly be some of that, we also want to highlight the brilliant new design work being produced right now. In fact, we’re not setting ourselves up to supply a canon of classic design – this is a place where we record stuff we like, if you want yet another reproduction of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band there are enough ‘Greatest album covers of all time’ books out there already.

As more and more there seems to be a shift of focus onto the digital format, this is a great place to browse vinyl, CDs etc as objects.

So if you’re a fan of the work of Peter Saville, sleeve designer for Joy Division, New Order, Factory records, and more, or you just want to bite his style, you can now type like him too! Go here to download a bunch of Saville’s own Joy Division & amp; New Order fonts.

Also worth checking out (tho I don’t actually own either of these yet), are the books Designed by Peter Saville, and Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album. Do your coffee table a favour!