My 5 favorite PSB album covers

Actually 1. Actually
    Photographer - Cindy Palmano; Design - Mark Farrow and Pet Shop Boys
For the reasons that I cover quite nicely in my main entry for the album, if I do say so myself. wink If nothing else, it's utterly iconic in the way that all truly "classic" album covers are.
Very 2. Very
    Design - Pentagram, Mark Farrow, and Pet Shop Boys
A very close second: incredibly innovative, and just as incredibly eye-catching. I couldn't help but feel I was buying something special when I brought it up to the record-store cashier. It also made me nostalgic for my childhood Lego™ set. It's a pity—understandable, but a pity nonetheless—that the original design is no longer available in new copies of the album, having been replaced by a mere photo of the original packaging. For newer fans, it's why you should haunt shops that sell used CDs.
Alternative 3. Alternative
    Photographer - Richard Burbridge; Design - Mark Farrow Design

I particularly like the lenticular photo of the special edition, which allowed it (appropriately enough) to "alternate" between Chris and Neil.

Bilingual 4. Bilingual
    Design - Mark Farrow Design and Pet Shop Boys
As with the music contained within, my estimation of this album's cover has grown considerably with time. For years I simply regarded the frosted jewel case as a poor relation to the almost incomparable one for the immediately preceding studio album, Very. But now, with time, I'm far better able to appreciate it on its own terms. Like Very and Alternative, it exemplifies how the Pet Shop Boys were determined in the mid-nineties to experiment with and push the boundaries of CD packaging, giving their fans more than their money's worth not just in music, but in the graphic arts as well.
Release 5. Release
    Photographer - Dan Forbes; Design - Visionaire Design
A high-detail botanical print—very classy. Or is it just my taste? A rather tongue-in-cheek 1994 book titled The Unofficial Gay Manual by Kevin Dilallo and Jack Krumholtz states that hanging botanical prints—"not expensive but look it"—on the living room wall is typical of gay households. Hmmm—