Best of 2015: Vinyl Variants

News / Special Features / December 21, 2015

The Lineup:
12/18: 2015’s Best Musical Moments (Podcast) and 2016 Predictions (Podcast)
12/21: Top Vinyl Variants/Top Vinyl Packaging
12/22: Top Reissues/2016 Most Anticipated (Text)/Best Tape Releases
12/23: Top 50
Songs/Top Albums
Label of The Year

We’ve got 25 beautiful variants to show off today, including die-cuts, splatters, stripes, picture discs and so much more. It’s heavy on soundtracks this year, primarily because these soundtrack labels seem to get more and more creative with each passing year in how to incorporate the art they’re representing. And make sure to check out our reader-submitted images at the end.

Note: Some of these photos, well I’m not sure who took them. If you’re really grumpy that I took a partial photo of your hand and a record, let me know and I might give you credit. I know a couple came from, which you should check out.

 Top 25 Vinyl Variants

In no particular order


Junkie XL — Mad Max: Fury Road OST
Coke Bottle Splatter


Joe LoDuca — Army Of Darkness OST
Baby Blue & Black Vortex Swirl


Father John Misty — I Loved You, Honeybee
Sub Pop
Heart-Shaped Vinyl (RSD 2015)

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The Lees Of Memory — Let’s Turn Our Love Up Loud
Velocity of Sound
Rainbow In The Dark

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Riverhorse — Opal
Fonoflo Records
Powder Burn 3/8


The Wonder Years — No Closer To Heaven
Hopeless Records


Northlane — Singularity
Clear with four color splatter

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Barren Womb — Nique Everything
Spartan Records
Picture Disc

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Twenty One Pilots — The LC LP
Ohio Die Cut


Various Artists — Vinyl Moon Volume 003
Jacket Artwork & Design: Clint Soren
Blue with white and black marble

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Half Japanese — Perfect
Joyful Noise Recordings
Baby blue inside clear vinyl with cyan splatter

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Lil Bub — Science & Magic
Joyful Noise Recordings
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Brian Reitzell — Hannibal OST
Steak Tartare


Nightcrawler — Strange Shadows
One Way Static
Saw Blade Grey


Midas Midas EP
Slice of Spice
Picture Disc

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Is Tropical — 5 EP Set (2 more released in 2016)
Axis Mundi Records
Continent screen-prints

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The Zombies — Odyssey and Oracle
Newbury Comics
Red/Blue/Yellow Haze

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Various Artists — Garden State OST
Orange/Yellow/Ribbon Color


James Newton Howard — Nightcrawler OST
Purple and Yellow Splatter

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My Chemical Romance — Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Hot Topic
Clear with Red Splatter


Shirley Walker — Bizarro Superman
Purple Die-Cut, Plays From Inside Out


Hanni El Khatib — Devil’s Pie
Innovative Leisure
Pie Picture Disc

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Michael Perilstein— Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers OST
Death Waltz Recording Company
180 Gram Blue, Purple & White Color in Color in Color Vinyl


Lenny Lashley’s Gang Of One — U.S. Mail
Pirates Press
Stamp shaped picture disc


Austin Wintory — Journey OST
Picture Disc
Picture courtesy of @littlebomba

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Christopher Lantinen
Chris Lantinen is the owner and editor-in-chief of Modern Vinyl. Along with his modest collection of sad sounding records, he collects his share of soundtracks and previously adored indie up-and-comers. Chris is currently a professor of journalism and public relations at Edinboro University in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.

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