Detroit, MI – The best in vinyl packaging will be recognized Oct. 1, 2018, at the Making Vinyl Packaging Awards at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit at “Making Vinyl,” the first B2B conference dedicated to the rebirth of the vinyl record manufacturing industry.

In its second year, “Making Vinyl” (http://makingvinyl.com) will closely examine the circumstances leading up to the astounding comeback of a format deemed to be dead and forgotten less than 15 years ago is now regarded globally as physical media’s only shining star in the digital age.

The Making Vinyl Packaging Awards competition garnered 237 online submissions from both sides of the Atlantic, and were reviewed by a stellar jury of more than two-dozen award-winning judges in music design the U.S. and Europe the likes of Roger Dean (Yes) and several Grammy Packaging Award winners.

The winners, who will be picked among the finalists (see list on page 2) by a panel of judges at the New York offices of the prestigious design organization AIGA, will be announced at the awards ceremony on Oct. 1 in Detroit.

Among the 12 categories are “They Said It Couldn’t Be Done,” recognizing innovation in vinyl packaging structural design; and “Best Record Store Day Vinyl,” recognizing the best limited-edition releases created for RSD 2018 in April and RSD Black Friday 2017. Record Store Day is a partner in Making Vinyl (http://makingvinyl.com.

“The awards competition recognizes the importance and critical role that compelling physical packaging plays in selling music,” says Bryan Ekus, president of Making Vinyl producer Colonial Purchasing Co-op, a raw material buying group of physical media manufacturers.

The first Making Vinyl conference was attended by nearly 300 industry professionals from 16 countries and was keynoted by vinyl evangelist Jack White, whose Third Man Pressing returns as a hometown sponsor of the event. Renowned art director/actor Craig Braun (Sticky Fingers, School’s Out, Tommy!) is returning to host the Making Vinyl Packaging Awards.



Best 45-rpm Single

  • Second Wind – Sock-Tight
  • An Ambulance” b/w “Never Know” – Mike Krol
  • Libraries Rock! – Kishi Bashi / Blacknerdninja
  • Doe Paora – Ring the Alarm/ White Iris Release – Doe Paora – American Singer Songwriter
  • What a Time to Be Alive (Acoustic)” b/w “Erasure (Acoustic)” – Superchunk

Best CD Box Set (at least 3 CDs)

  • The Goldberg Variations – The Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions June 1955 – Glenn Gould
  • Listen Without Prejudice – George Michael
  • Blistered Bags Of Fodder Swaying: Works 1980 – Controlled Bleeding
  • Radio Cineola: Trilogy – a Broadcast by THE THE – THE THE
  • Manchester North Of England: A Story Of Independent Music Greater Manchester 1977-1993 – Various Artists

Best Record Art (LP size)

  • August Burns Red – Phantom Anthem – Ryan Clark
  • Wax Mage – “Double Trouble” – Gmucs
  • Waffles, Triangles & Jesus – White
  • The Desaturating Seven – Primus
  • Deche – ‘Luxure en Vain’ – Gmucs

Best Vinyl Album Cover (Illustrated)

  • Act II: The Father of Death – The Protomen
  • The Worms Heart – The Shins
  • Every Country’s Sun – Mogwai
  • 2064: Read Only Memories Vinyl Soundtrack – 2 Mello
  • Babelsberg – Gruff Rhys

Best Vinyl Album Cover (Photograph)

  • Cocoa Sugar – Young Fathers
  • Sleep Well Beast – The National
  • Heaven And Earth – Kamasi Washington
  • Milano – Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts
  • Children of Paradise – Willie Nile

Best Vinyl Album Reissue

  • Eulogy for Evolution 2017 – Ólafur Arnalds
  • Isaac Hayes – Black Moses – Joseph McCarthy
  • What Another Man Spills – Lambchop
  • The Final Tour Bootleg Series – Miles Davis & John Coltrane
  • Devotion – Beach House 

Best Vinyl Box Set (at least 3 records)

  • Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic – Weird Al” Yankovic
  • I’ll Be Your Girl– The Decemberists
  • 1 + 1 = X – Erased Tapes Records Artists
  • Steven Universe Complete Volume 1 Soundtrack – Sugar
  • Cuphead 4xLP Deluxe Vinyl Soundtrack – Maddigan

Best Vinyl Gatefold

  • Act II: The Father of Death – The Protomen
  • Kaiho – Kauan
  • A Moment Apart – ODESZA
  • Smash Hit / PinOut 2xLP Vinyl Soundtracks – Holmquist
  • Loversity – Sam Lewis

Best Vinyl Picture Disc

  • She Taught Me How To Fly – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  • Goodbye Road EP – JOHNNYSWIM and Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors
  • 140 Vinyl Soundtrack – Schmid
  • Cheech Y Chong Up In Smoke 40th Anniversary – Cheech Y Chong
  • Torn Down (Mixed Up Extra) – The Cure

Record Store Day – Vinyl

  • Stay Gold Collectors Jewel Box – Run The Jewels
  • Feast of Panthers – Ensign Broderick
  • Boxer Live In Brussels – The National
  • Anywhere II – Anywhere
  • Exotica – Sun Ra

The Alex Steinweiss Award (Best in Show)

  • I’ll Be Your Girl – The Decemberists
  • Sleep Well Beast – The National
  • Sad Clown Bad Year (#9-#12 Collection) – Atmosphere
  • Too Many Bad Habits – Johnny Nicholas
  • Act II: The Father of Death – The Protomen

They Said It Couldn’t Be Done – Vinyl

  • I’ll Be Your Girl – The Decemberists
  • Act II: The Father of Death – The Protomen
  • Portal (Soundtrack) – Apeture Science Psychoacoustics Laboratory
  • Plunge – Fever Ray
  • Steven Universe Complete Volume 1 Soundtrack – Sugar

For Immediate Release

Contact: Larry Jaffee, [email protected] 917-291-2488