PSB DESIGNING par Alex Camarillo
Alex Camarillo explore en détail la créativité faite autour des albums et singles des Pet Shop Boys au cours de leur longue carrière ,la personnalisation des différents formats et la participation d'artistes très talentueux , photographes, créateurs de costumes et graphistes tels que Mark Farrow ,Eric Watson ,David Fielding et Jeffrey Bryant parmi ceux qui ont contribué au design des Pet Shop Boys comme une icône visuelle de la culture pop.
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Elysium” was released on September 2012 and it’s the eleventh studio album of the Pet Shop Boys. The name of the album is a reference to ‘Elysian Park’, near where they recorded the album in Los Angeles, but it's also a synonym for the Elysian Fields, a conception of the afterlife in Greek mythology, in the specific sense of the afterworld of the blessed. The implication is that, somewhere in there, Pet Shop Boys slipped into the great beyond, and Neil is now singing to us from the other side.
The artwork, designed by Mark Farrow with photos by Gary Stillwell (cover) and Ann Summa (PSB), is also a reference to ‘Elysium’, also know as ‘The Fortunate Islands’ or ‘Isles of the blessed’ located in the western ocean at the end of the earth. A shot of ocean water reflecting a sunset sky is used for the cover with a white square in the middle with the album title and the name of the band, used in different sizes for the CD and LP; both of them were issued in gatefold sleeves with spot varnish on the images and included 12 tracks, and an extra vinyl is included in the LP format with instrumental versions of all 12 tracks.
A LimitedEdition Box Set of “Elysium” was released in UK, Europe and US featuring the regular album and an extra CD with the instrumental versions, as the LP; each CD comes in a cardboard sleeve, one with a purple square, one with a blue square and a 12-page booklet with a light green square in front. The photo on the cover show the sunset originally reflected on the ocean water of the regular cover. The Japanese version of this box set comes with the traditional Japanese Obi strip, a gold reflective sticker and includes the bonus track “The way through the woods” as well as a second 46-page booklet mostly in Japanese with lyrics, and interview and promotional PSB material.