Now, long time readers of the simonsez blog will know I LOVE me a Kylie limited edition release (see here, here and here). So when it was announced that Ms. Minogue's first four albums would be re-released as special celebrations of her PWL years, I was more than overjoyed to hear there would be limited edition boxsets involved. So, to celebrate in my own special way I will be putting up four special posts to share the reissued albums - starting with her debut album "Kylie". ENJOY (YOURSELF)!!
The boxset is the size of a 12" vinyl and comes with the original album art emblazoned on the front. Let's be honest, that late 80s cover hasn't held up amazingly, once you get up close even the photo quality is really something to behold in all its fuzzy glory.. But somehow it adds into the feel of the piece. It's honouring the fashions and early looks of the pop princess, not trying to modernise and cover over the cheesier pictures etc. For that, it really feels like a celebration and a time capsule to be delved into.
For anyone who has the CD (or even the cassette) version of the album, you will see how true this has kept to the original artwork - from cover to logos to spine design.
That hair hat she's rocking is truly iconic! :D
Now lets lift the lid and dive in..
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Now, this really made me stop and take a breath. A simple touch, but well thought out and executed all the same. The original logo from the first album has been used as the cover to the vinyl. It gets even better with a closer look...
The logo has been CUT OUT of the slipcase, and the wallet holding the vinyl is what colours it. GORGEOUS!
Again, in keeping with the original back cover tracklisting, that black on white realness!
The vinyl is the album on picture disc, an exclusive for this release.
Lets take another look at that cut out logo on the slipcase cover...I love it so bloody much!
Whoo, now onto the next piece. Below the vinyl is a gigantic, A2 size fold out poster. So big simonsez struggled to get a decent picture of the whole thing! But it's a great touch to the set
And now the next thing to squeal over (another beautifully designed part) - beneath the poster, you are greated by the album cover again, this time it is a 40 page picture book.
Using the the ribbon tag to pull the book out, you see how snugly it fits into that slot. No rolling around inside of this box set, everything has it's place!
Inside is a little note added in from Kylie herself talking about the reissued versions of the albums and her thoughts on the beginning of her career (I'll let you buy the set to read it properly...don't want to give the whole jig up!)
Included are extensive notes and stats about the album and all subsequent single releases (including chart positions, track lists and formats they originally came in!)
Lyrics for the album tracks:
And a whole host of images from that era, not just album artwork but single covers, video stills and even live performance shots. So comprehensive and so much to enjoy.
And below that we have the stuff we all came for - more design and the music!
It really did blow my design appreciation mind to see how well the picture book and album fit into the base of the box. Another simple note, but adds to the elegance and overall feel.
And for those who want to see the very bottom :)
To fit in with the look of the vinyl slipcase and also the white/black colour scheme used throughout - the 2 CDs and DVD have been housed in an all new artwork:
Within that is the three discs in seperate sleeves and more images in postcard size.
More use of that logo, making me swoon!
The DVD including performances at the BBC and all music videos, plus behind the scenes:
CD1 - the album plus bonus tracks:
CD2 - further bonus tracks, a comprehensive collection of remixes and alternate versions of album tracks. And how great is the alternating colours for the slipcases and discs - swoon!
And, finally, the 6 postcards featuring images from throughout the "debut" era. Gorgeous!
There we have it - especially for you! How bloody gorgeous is this piece of art - there's no other word for it. It has been well thought out, leaving no stone unturned and truly acts as a time capsule of the beginning of it all. It's elements of design (like so many of Kylie's releases) really hit home how important she takes her career, in what she does now and how she looks back and celebrates the past. I can't wait to show you the other 3! So stay tuned, I'll be posting them ASAP...