Wax & Facts: 2009’s Best Vinyl Artwork

#1 Vinyl Art - Muse "The Resistance"

As you may heard, vinyl sales are on the rise while CD sales are on a decline. There are many reasons why vinyl is so much better than those plastic coaster called CDs. For one, the sound is so much fuller and richer. Second, believe it or not, they are more durable than those plastic frisbees. Finally, the artwork is simply better on vinyl.  The size of the record allows for graphic details that you can’t get on a CD that is stuck in one of those silly jewel cases, which is one of the most fragile pieces of plastic I have ever seen. Just to show you that vinyl artwork is amazing and suitable for framing check out Play and Display’s  2009’s Best Vinyl Artwork.  The picture above is the number one album art. Below are #2-50. Enjoy.

How many of these albums do you have and which ones?

2 Manic Street Preachers – Journal For Plague Lovers || Original Painting By Jenny Saville


3 Fever Ray – Fever Ray || Design And Illustration: Martin Ander


4 Massive Attack – Splitting The Atom || Design Tom Hingston, Artwork Robert Del Naja, Aka 3D
5 Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown || Design & Photography Chris Bilheimer
6 Pet Shop Boys – Yes || Design Farrow Design
7 White Lies – To Lose My Life || Art Direction And Design: Mat Maitland And Gerard Saint AT Big Active, Photography: Simon Mills
8 Editors – In This Light And On This Evening || Cover Art Liliane Lijn. Design & Art Direction Tom Hingston Studio
9 La Roux – La Roux || Design Alexander Brown & Traffic
10 Depeche Mode – Sounds Of The Universe || Art Direction & Design Anton Corbijn
11 Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion || Design Rob Carmichael At Seen, Image Courtesy Of Akiyoshi Kitaoka
12 Bat For Lashes – Two Suns || Art Direction, Concept: Natasha Khan. Design: Andrew Murabito. Cover Photography: David Benjamin Sherry. Set Design: Tony Hornecker.
13 The xx – xx || Design Phil Lee / The Xx
14 Weezer – Raditude || Photography Jason Neely
15 Thee Vicars – Back On The Streets || Art & Design Niels Ejnar Rust
16 Florence & The Machine – Lungs || Art Direction Tabitha Denholm, Layout Design Hugh Frost, Photography Tom Beard, Illustrations Orlando Weeks”
17 Yo La Tengo – Popular Songs || Not Known
18 Kelpe – Microscope Contents || Design – La Boca
19 Jarvis Cocker – Further Complications || Photography Rankin, Design Ian Anderson At Designers Republic And Jarvis
20 The Hours – See The Light || Artwork Damien Hirst
21 Jaime T – Chaka Demus 12 || Design & Art Direction, Andrew Murabito @ We Art You.
22 F**K Buttons – Tarot Sport || Design Benjamin John Power
23 Wallpaper – Doodoo Face || Photography Sterling Andrews, Art & Design Eric Frederic
24 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz || Art Direction Seb Marling. Photography David Belisle
25 Flaming Lips – Embryonic || Designer – George Salisbury
26 Mastodon – Crack The Sky || Artwork By Paul Romano
27 Loko – In Love || Designer John Gilsenan Iwant
28 Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest || Design Ben Wilkerson Tousley, Drawings William J O’brien, Text Amelia Bauer
29 Mars Volta – Octahedron || Design Sonny Kay
30 Wild Beasts – Two Dancers || Design Matthew Cooper, Artwork Fiona Morley
31 Horrors – Primary Colours || Artwork Ciarán O’shea
32 Skunk Anansie – Smashes Trashes || Design & Illustration: Shotopop, Photography: Derrick Santini
33 Jay Z – The Blueprint 3
34 Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca || Design Rob Carmichael At Seen, Photography Jason Frank
35 Art Brut – Art Brut Vs Satan
36 Volcano Choir – Unmap || Design And Layout Thomas Wincek, Photography Adrienne Deboer, Nonmap Illustration Dave Godowsky
37 Headless Heroes – Headless Heroes Ep
38 Duke Garwood – The Sand That Falls
39 Prodigy – Invaders Must Die || Sleeve Art Luke Insect
40 Rakes – Klang || Design Rob Crane
41 Atlas Sound – Logos || Art Direction/Design Brian Cox, Photography Edith Cox
42 Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle || Photo Chris Taylor, Lettering And Drawings B.C
43 Nextmen – Join The Dots || Design Joe Pilbeam For Filthy Media
44 Clark – Growl’s Garden || Design And Illustration Matt Burden
45 Basement Jaxx – Scars
46 Maccabees – Wall Of Arms
47 Peter Doherty – Grace Wastelands
48 U2 – No Line On The Horizon
49 Sonic Youth – The Eternal
50 Piano Magic – Ovations


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