When we first mentioned that the Thin White Duke and Sir Paul Smith would be doing a series of collaborative projects in support of David Bowie's album "The Next Day," the only fruit of that partnership was an album cover T-shirt.
Now there's a limited-edition album to go with it. And before you start imagining the pair crooning duets in a darkened pub, rest assured that no music was harmed in the making of this merchandising effort.
What the designer has done is select a vibrant shade of red for a limited-edition vinyl pressing of the album, which will be sold at select Paul Smith boutiques (including at the 8221 Melrose Ave. store in Los Angeles), Smith's e-commerce site, and a selection of British retailers including Selfridges for $50 (compared with $25.99 for the basic black version at Bowie's website.)
Colored vinyl is hardly a new phenomenon, (the Flaming Lips and the White Stripes are just two bands whose recent candy-colored LPS come to mind) but special pressings and limited editions can end up being prized by collectors and audiophiles.