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What is your record cover of the year?

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Uploaded on Nov 19, 2010

When you buy a new record how often do you stop to look at the cover art?

While they provide the soundtrack to our year, many of us get as much enjoyment from the covers of our favourite records and now 50 have been shortlisted for the hotly anticipated accolade of record cover of the year.

Those in the nominated 50 for the Best Art Vinyl award will be celebrated in exhibitions around the UK and Europe during November, December and January.

They include MGMT's 'Congratulations', Hot Chip's 'We have remixes EP' and Scissor Sisters' 'Night Work'.

Edwyn Collins also features for his self illustrated cover to his return album Losing Sleep as does The Klaxon's cat astronaut on their album 'Surfing the Void'.

Previous winners of the award include Hard-Fi's stark 'Stars of CCTV' in 2005, Thom Yorke's 'The Eraser' in 2006, The Cribs 'Men's Needs, Woman's Needs, Whatever' in 2007, Fleet Foxes' eponymous first album and Muse's psychedelic cover for 'The Resistance' in 2009.
In the following video, Gerard Saint from Big Active, who has created artwork for Mark Ronson, and Andrew Heeps from Art Vinyl talk about where the inspiration for such covers comes from and how you can vote for your favourite one.

For more information visit http://www.artvinyl.com

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