Best Art Vinyl 2015

Do you remember, back in November, choosing your favourite three album covers that had been nominated for the title of Best Art Vinyl 2015? (I hope you do, it wasn’t that long ago.)

Well, this evening, Rattle That Lock was hailed the very best of the 50 as chosen by a panel of respected music design experts and previous winners, ahead of Drenge’s Undertow and Tame Impala’s Currents.

Congratulations to Dave Stansbie and The Creative Corporation, to Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis, and not forgetting Rupert Truman of StormStudios for taking such a wonderfully atmospheric photograph.

David had this to say:

‘I am thrilled that the artwork to Rattle That Lock has received the ArtVinyl award. I’d like to offer my congratulations and thanks to Dave Stansbie and the team at The Creative Corporation for the brilliant work that they have done for me. It’s a thrill to see vinyl making a comeback and the return of the opportunities that the larger format offers. Thanks again.’

Said Andrew Heeps, Best Art Vinyl founder:

‘This is the first year such an established artist’s record has won Best Art Vinyl, but notably the design team have historically been responsible for so many iconic sleeve designs and their talent and creativity to match the musicians’ wishes clearly shone through. It’s interesting that two of the top three are conceptual compositions, using photography as the core of the design and all three use digital design skills to great effect, showing that designers are using all tools available to them throughout the creative process. We believe this is a unique art prize that really taps into popular culture, as the created artwork is used to not just sell the product but to enhance the listeners’ over all experience.’

Thank you all for voting.

The shortlisted entries will now be featured in exhibitions in England, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Scotland, allowing them to be seen up-close and appreciated fully as the works of art that they are: in North Ayrshire Heritage Centre and The Vinyl Café, Kings Cross, London, until 31st January; until 31st March at Semm Music Store, Bologna and Belgraves Hotel, Belgravia, London; between 4th February and 30th April at Mono Art & Design, Budapest; and at High End at the MOC, Munich, between 5th and 8th May. If you’d like to go along and take a look, please see for further details.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

76 thoughts on “Best Art Vinyl 2015”

  1. I just received an e-mail from Art Vinyl and the winner is… DAVID’s RATTLE THAT LOCK!!! Hurray!

    Congratulations to the Best Art Vinyl 2015 Award winners

    1 – Dave Stansbie (The Creative Corporation) for David Gilmour’s Album ‘Rattle That Lock’
    2 – Donald Milne Photography for the Drenge LP ‘Undertow’
    3 – Robert Beatty Design for the Tame Impala LP ‘Currents’

    Tonight at the Belgraves Hotel London the Best Art Vinyl 2015 Award Winners were announced. A big thank you goes out to all of you who voted and to our nomination panel of 10 art and design experts.

  2. …I just saw il “Maestro” won Best Art Vinyl 2015 Award, my vote was decisive. 😀


  3. Hip, hip, hooray … Best Art Vinyl 2015 goes to …

    Dave Stansbie (The Creative Corporation) for David Gilmour’s Album ‘Rattle That Lock’.

  4. Yep – a beautiful piece.

    I just had to pull mine out to hold it and appreciate it again.

    I love that this large format for art wrapped around music is back in my life again. I missed it.

  5. Great work of Dave Stanbie, congratulations!!!!. I’ll try to get a vinyl copy of RTL.

  6. Congratulations to all concerned, hopefully starting the year as you mean to go on. Brilliant.

    As an aside and sorry I’m not skilled enough to provide a link but a friend pointed out on YouTube a 1991 concert with David performing with Seal, Hey Joe, just watched it and is very good. Just a few minutes to give ‘Rattle That Lock’ a rest!

    Happy New Year to all
    Best wishes

    1. A fine rendition, I agree. It’s from Amnesty International’s Big 30 benefit, marking their 30th anniversary in December 1991, a TV special which was released on VHS. That might help anyone track it down. David also performed with Tom Jones and Spinal Tap, if my memory serves me well, and did a lovely ‘On the Turning Away’.

    2. David and Seal, I’ll have to look that one up. Loved that track from Seal and Adamski, 1990 Killer, one of the 90s best.


  7. Woop woop, it just gets better don’t it? Apart from the weather lashing here. Sat in car keeping warm with the aforementioned Album playing as usual on a loop.

    Well done to all involved.


  8. One more then I’ll shut up. Is that Jimi Hendrix’s guitar strap David wears?


      1. You should have told him the rest Fed. 😛

        Damian, Polly bought it in an auction as a birthday present for David. 🙂


  9. Congratulations to Dave Stansbie for achieving this prestigious award, with the RTL cover.

    It’s fully justified for carrying on the tradition of evocative covers, that have graced David’s and Floyd’s albums down the years.

    Happy New Year Irregulars near and far, here’s to another great one.

  10. Woooohoooo! Congratulations to everyone! I’m delighted by the continuity of Hipgnosis and StormStudios!

  11. Great cover. Kinda a lost art in this age of downloads and CDs. Kinda miss the large vinyl covers.

  12. Sorry to comment off piste……’s a really sad start to the day! Devastating news that David Bowie has passed away……….I’m so gutted………..RIP.

    Shine on…..

  13. Congratulations to David and Dave Stansbie and the team at The Creative Corporation!!!!

    I also voted for RTL. Fantastic design! Like it.

    Happy New Year to you Fed and all DG fans!

    Best wishes from Berlin

  14. Another great pioneer gone. Rest in peace White Duke. Your ‘Comfortably Numb’ in 2006 was the best version ever for me.


  15. Congratulations to David, Dave Stansbie and Rupert Truman. Beautiful piece of art.

    I don’t know how the “exhibition” in Bologna will be (it’s not clear on the site), but if I’ll go there I’ll let you know and take some pics.

    PS: I know I’m totally OT (and maybe there’ll be a post later on), but today I woke up with a very very sad news.

    I’d like to remember him with Arnold Layne at the Royal Albert Hall, 29 May 2006.

    David Bowie was brilliant and perfect for that Syd’s song, and I really really like the happiness on Richard’s face.

    1. That’s how I’d like to remember him, too. The people around me were literally bouncing throughout the song and we’d all strained our necks trying to catch a glimpse of him as he appeared on stage. It was a warm reception if ever I saw one.

      According to the Royal Albert Hall, that was the only time David Bowie performed there, as well as his final performance in the UK.

      29 May 2006: David Bowie’s only Royal Albert Hall appearance, and his final UK performance

      1. FED; what an awesome video! Making you feeling so sad, seeing also Richard performing there! Been there on May 31st when the star guests have been Crosby and Nash.

      2. So, you were present at the show that night FEd?

        You’ve kept that one under wraps, you naughty boyo.

        There was a sense of incredulity when he appeared on the stage. It created one of those rare moments when you felt the atmosphere was supercharged with electricity. I know that I for one, was tingling all over with what I was about to witness.

        1. I was with a friend who, I have to say, isn’t a Pink Floyd fan. She certainly perked up when David Bowie appeared and jumped up and down with the best of them.

  16. Naturally David’s vinyl is a winner. He is a winner!

    It is a thought provoking cover. I have always enjoyed that the canvas for vinyl is bigger, therefore more detailed. The album covers of the 1960s, 1970s, and until it was shrunk to other formats, were excellent art forms. A canvas of thought provoking journeys.

    Take care, Suzy.

  17. Sad, very sad Monday.

    He was a huge fan of Syd Barrett, I remember he played ‘Arnold Layne’ (wasn’t it his last appearance on stage?) with our David and Richard at the RAH in 2006. Syd, Richard, David B, they have all disappeared way too soon, life is so cruel.

    I bought and listened to his new album ‘Black Star’ on Saturday. I think it’ll sound very different when I re-visit it tonight.

    His last words: I can’t give everything away

    1. He was indeed a huge fan of Syd Barrett. His interpretation of ‘See Emily Play’ from Pin Ups was the first version I’d ever heard and I didn’t know at that time it was a cover. I saw the ‘Lazarus’ video the day before the album dropped (his birthday) and was quite shocked at what I thought it was ‘telling’ us. How could we have possibly known how soon?

      1. What a disturbing video (oh that ending when he is retreating into the wardrobe and closing the door behind him…). I know that Tony Visconti said “His death was no different from his life – a work of Art”, but I don’t think I’ll be able to watch the video again.

        Another sad news today, I’m not a fan of Céline Dion, but I feel so sorry for her and her sons today. RIP, René. F*ck you cancer!

  18. Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do.

    Such a massive loss. I watched his final video Lazarus and he’s saying goodbye. I really feel for the youth today. We really had it so good.

    Fly like a blue bird David.


  19. R.I.P. David Bowie, you are a legend and a gifted Artist right up to the end.

    Hope you and Richard are reminiscing. 🙂

  20. I was very fortunate to have been at the RAH the night David Bowie made his guest appearance. I was also lucky enough to have seen the Alladin Sane tour of 1973. For anyone interested in reading a little more about it here a link to an article.

  21. Sorry for going a bit off topic here.

    It’s been a few days but I am still gutted at the passing of David Bowie. The morning I heard the news, I got off the train in NY and as I walked my way through a store to the street, they played Under Pressure. I admit I shed tears as I heard the opening bars. It was a surreal moment and I was a bit surprised how the passing of someone I never met, hit me with such sadness.

    So I reflected back to the times I saw him perform, and it was 4 times plus Live Aid. When I looked up his tour history on Wikipedia, I realized just how lucky I was. If the site is correct, he only had 14 tours and 1,025 performances. And I saw him four times! And each show was fantastic, even The Glass Spider Tour that many did not like.

    Anyway, the thing that gives me peace is knowing that at any time, I can pop in one of his albums and continue to experience the joy of his voice, his music and his artistry. That is what is so fantastic about music. The person may pass but the legacy lives on.

    Yes, Ziggy played guitar and he continues to play.

    RIP Thin White Duke.


    1. You speak for me Andrew. I just cried and cried when I heard the news. It sounds like such a cliché, but it felt like the sudden loss of a close friend. David Bowie’s example, and his music, made me feel a lot less lonely during my adolescence. Who doesn’t feel a bit vulnerable and lost during those awkward years; feelings that (for many of us) endure long past our teenage years? But just listen to Changes; it’s all there. “These children that you spit on, as they try to change their world. Are immune to your consultations, they’re quite aware of what they’re going through.”

      A world without David Bowie? Turn and face the strange. May he RIP.


  22. Another good soul has departed.

    Since 1986 it has been a family tradition to watch the Labyrinth during the holidays. My family and I enjoyed watching Mr. Bowie last month in the movie. It will not be the same watching it again.

    Wish that the people that make positive contributions to the planet could live extremely long. And those that do negative would not be around very long so that they could not have much time to do their harm.

    Take care, Suzy

      1. He was absolutely a ‘friend of the earth’ (think ‘Five Years’) and a wonderful philanthropist … still so very overwhelmed with sadness at the loss his loved ones have experienced.

      2. Sorry, just wanted to add.

        Did anyone see his publicity shoot for his new album Black Star? The photos were shot three days before he died. He looked like a man ready to go on tour. I wish I could attach the photos, he just looked amazing and not like a man ravaged by that hideous cancer. I was in Morrisons the other day and the store was playing Bowie and as I was stood watching my coffee pour, stood in a queue of people, I found myself doing the dance, LOL.

        Had to share,

      3. Beautiful Duke, beautiful mind, his loss has shaken the whole world. A friend of the Earth, naturally, and this reconnects to the initial theme of this post. What best way to picture the process of regaining freedom if not with beautiful corvids flying away?

  23. I read, what I thought was, a wonderful quote. It read something like…………

    The next time you are sad just remember this. The world is 4 and a half billion years old and you shared it with David Bowie.

    What a tremendous thing to write. And it could be written for so many others.

  24. Spent some time looking over all the Artwork and David’s is a clear winner, not biased at all!!! 🙂

    Congrats to everyone involved with the design.


  25. Hi my friends,

    Maybe there is more rock and roll in the Heaven than here on our world. The jam session is greater and greater.

    I love Arnold Layne by this chorus : Syd, Rick and David.

    Bye bye heroes of our days,

  26. From the article in The Independent: “….The constellation is a copy of the iconic Bowie lightning and was recorded at the exact time of his death.”

    These astronomers must have been working on this before his death. Surely Bowie would have known, they wouldn’t have been planning this without his co-operation surely?

    I bet he was really pleased. 🙂


      1. When the fabric that has woven our youth starts to unravel one by one; it shakes our foundation.

        I must confess, I am worried about the departure of the people that are the soundtrack of life. The fact of life about our time here being limited, always bites a huge hole leaving a void….

        This year has already taken too many. So no more.

        Take care, Suzy

  27. Been watching “David Gilmour & David Bowie – Comfortably Numb” on YouTube on repeat tonight!! 🙂

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