What you’re looking at are the first photographs of the Pet Shop Boy’s The Most Incredible Thing deluxe vinyl and art edition.
This beautiful edition is currently in production over at The Vinyl Factory; only 25 copies of the 500 being manufactured are still unclaimed, so if you want one, be sure to pre-order now.
Inspired by a Hans Christian Anderson short story, The Most Incredible Thing is Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe’s first ever full-length ballet score, produced in collaboration with Sadler’s Wells and choreographer Javier de Frutos.
The release of the music by The Vinyl Factory is a jaw-droppingly handsome art edition limited to 500 copies for the world, each hand-numbered and signed by the Pet Shop Boys. The design is by Farrow, who worked with The Vinyl Factory, Tennant and Lowe on the collectors’ edition of the the last PSBs album, Yes, copies of which have sold for over £3,000 at auction.
The Vinyl Factory’s deluxe edition of The Most Incredible Thing is a silk cloth-bound, hard board slipcase containing a hardback book with seven record sleeves. Six of these house 180gram vinyl records pressed on the EMI 1400, featuring the Pet Shop Boys’ music for the ballet plus original demo versions of each of the compositions, exclusive to this release.
The seventh sleeve contains an over-sized foldout sheet music print, signed by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe. The ballet’s synopsis is printed onto the record sleeves so that each has an accompanying narrative that reads like a storybook.