Like much of the good things in life, music increasingly is becoming a purely digital experience these days. The packaging for the 20th Anniversary box set rerelease of Manic Street Preachers’ “Everything Must Go” takes this observation and runs with it by playing up bits of paper ephemera related to the band’s breakout album.
Mark Farrow, who designed the original album, returns here to lend this limited edition packaging the same minimalist aesthetic. Lift the top off the box…
…to reveal the album cover for the LP. Elsewhere in this box you will find the heart of this offering: a 40-page booklet featuring photos of handwritten lyric sheets, posters, album sleeves and more.
Taken as a whole, it’s a fascinating take on the box set phenomenon. While the minimalism of the packaging is refreshingly elegant, paging through a bunch of photographs of album-related ephemera that you can’t actually touch feels something akin to those people who buy an iPad on eBay for $50, only to receive a picture of an iPad rather than the device in the mail. Considering the band’s many lyrics about consumerism and big business run amok, we can’t think of anything more appropriate than that.
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