I always have loved the art direction and style of James Cameron’s films and of course their musical counterparts. And The Abyss by Alan Silvestri makes no exception. Varese Sarabande Records carefully recycled the official artwork for their recent release of the Deluxe Edition (#1). I was never a big fan of the sparse score by Silvestri, but I took this opportunity to finish up a few design sketches that were sitting on my shelf for a while now.
The first cover I wanna share some thoughts upon is an exact replica of the 1998 Japanese CD Edition by Volcano (#3). I was looking for a high resolution image of this cover for years (really!) and you can image my bliss when I finally came across a fairly decent version on Straxcollector. Its poster, a kind fella named Emmanuel Scordo, sent me a high resolution scan that made this cover possible in the first. So I cleaned up the image and restored the whole album credits letter by letter. It’s as pixel-perfect as you can get and possibly the highest quality version on the whole internet (…I’ve looked everywhere…). And I’m really glad to finally remove this from my searchlist.
Cover #7 is a digital recreation of the 1993 release by Soundtrack Listeners Communications, a manufacturer of professional soundtrack records that was active from 1990 to around 1997 in Japan. I added scratches and wear to cover the poor image quality – but also to make it look more authentic.
The last two entries are rather obscure. First a real customized image based on an “Abyss” wallpaper I found on Google (#8). I didn’t know in what direction I wanted to go with it and ended up relying entirely on that powerful image. The last one is acutally a real film poster from Germany (#9). I’ve never seen that style anywhere in cinemas back then, but I guess it’s a Twentieth Century Fox thing, because for Ridley Scott’s Alien I found a similarly stylized poster.