Soundtrack releases remain an interesting area of record sleeve design, and often enable the collecting of iconic film poster imagery for much less than the poster would set you back. And they are easier to display!
The Lara Croft Tomb Raider films got mixed reviews but I quite like them, and certainly for the target audience they stack up against most of the Marvel films. Angelina Jolie did fairly well, managing to make her own mark on the character without the somewhat ridiculous imagery of the original video game character which inspired it all. And while the orchestral music for the first movie was a bit duff, they did slip in lots of hip dance and industrial tracks to the movie which made up a second CD. But it never came out on vinyl (which shows what the major labels thought of the format then), so at the time this two cut 12″ was the only way to get the proper artwork, which cannot have taken too long to put together! It was intended as a sampler and pushed by Elektra Records at club DJs.
It wasn’t until Record Store Day in 2021 that the soundtrack was released on vinyl in a limited 20th anniversary edition – with the same front sleeve.

About simon robinson

Having worked as a graphic designer in the music industry, mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
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