I have to confess that this package got past me; normally, I would know a bit more about these things, but there it is. Ian McCulloch has put out a live album and a solo album of works; normally, you might see the album of originals released with a bonus live album; I believe Sugar did this with an album of B-sides and I remember there was a Cracker album that followed this format as well.
McCulloch has put out the live work on the front side and put his new album on the back. I would call this a bold statement, and something original. The cover and the packaging follow the best impulses of the artwork that go with a Bunnymen-related project. Can't wait to get this.