On the 13th October 2018, the first National Album Day will be taking place in the UK, celebrating all aspects of the album format and its impact on popular culture.
The iconic long-player requires more than just great songs to become fully cemented into the nation's collective consciousness. National Album Day will also salute the art of the album cover with an exhibition of 70 memorable covers, one for each year since 1949. Selected by a range of music industry figures, the albums range from Alex Steinweiss' 1949 sleeve for a Beethoven record, regarded as one of the earliest examples of the format, through Peter Blake's seminal Sgt Peppers artwork, Banksy's cover for Blur's 'Think Tank' to more contemporary examples such as 2017's 'Run The Jewels 3'.
Visitors to the exhibition will be invited to vote for their three favourite covers from those on display, and the most popular will be crowned the nation's favourite album cover.
The final album cover, representing 2018, is still to be revealed.
The travelling exhibition will be open to the public at the following locations:
Waterloo Station: 8th - 21st October
Manchester Piccadilly Station: 22nd October - 5th November
Glasgow Central Station: 6th November - 19th November.
Find out more about National Album Day and all its associated events at www.nationalalbumday.co.uk