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Frankie Goes To Hollywood / Sexmix

Salvo Music continue to impress with their packaging. The new Frankie Goes To Hollywood 2CD Sexmix compilation (due 6 Aug) belies its budget price with a superbly designed set that pleasingly embraces Frankie design motifs of old, and underlines why physical packaging, at its best, continues to enhance the listening / purchasing experience.

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Spot varnished 'tadpoles' - a lovely touch. Frankie 'flag-man' takes centre stage.



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This condom graphic was originally seen on the "Watching The Wildlife" single

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Six-panel digi-pak.

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This release is Element 22 in the ongoing series

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20-page booklet including band photos, track annotations and credits

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Sexmix contains cassette singles (singlette) and CD singles (compacted) along with a few other rarities

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13 responses to Frankie Goes To Hollywood / Sexmix

  1. Simon says:

    This is great stuff – perfectly consistent with the original Frankie aesthetic, it could have been a contemporary release. Terrific use of spot varnish.

  2. Eric says:

    The packaging and design is terrific, and all these re-issues are much better (and closer to the original ZTT spirit) than some of the 90s stuff we had with the FGTH catalogue. Just a shame about you-know-what…!

  3. James says:

    Although not for me, it’s good to see such an effort going into the packaging. You are spot on when you say it enhances the experience. To me, it’s about more than just the music. Long live the ‘real’ format.

  4. Bigarbel says:

    Now just wondering if they will fix the mastering error before the general release. I heard the current songs with the errors and they do sound quite strange.
    Do agree with the comments about the packaging, they truly outdid themselves.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Unfortunately, it looks like no stereo masters have been found, so the release will go ahead as is with the first five tracks in mono.

      • Phil says:

        Happy to lend them my STEREO cassingle of “…Pleasuredome”, if they want to remaster the tracks off that!

  5. Eric says:

    So the’re just going to go ahead with the faulty mixes?! Oh well. I absolutely love the packaging of this set, but unless there’s somewhere online to listen to these mono mixes first, there’s no way I am buying it.

  6. Junkie says:

    For a band and producer who were about cutting edge sound, releasing tracks in mono because they can’t find the stereo masters is a bit embarrassing. How can you lose a master tape?

  7. Ron says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that the packaging is just standard? There is nothing special here and we’ve seen it a million times before for other artists.

    Artwork is looking good though.

    If only they had included a plastic slipcase to keep the carton digi-pack fresh and new.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      For me it’s the intelligent use of the chosen packaging format working well with the design and artwork. Compared to Universal’s 2CDs, Cherry Red, and some of Edsel’s releases this six panel digi-pak is much superior than the standard 2CD jewel case. The point is they could justifiably cut costs much more with presentation but they choose not to. Hats off to Salvo.

  8. Paul Kent says:

    I agree. The packaging fits in perfectly with the original ZTT aesthetic, using familiar logos and icons. Sadly, though, I’m not buying it. I’ve heard the mono mix and it sounds awful against the sonic brilliance of the rest (Relax [International] sounds particularly awesome). Junkie’s right – the production values were always of a ridiculously high standard, so to put out something sub-par just tarnishes the legacy somewhat (yeah, I know that sounds a bit poncy and high-minded but it’s true!).

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