Album Cover Of The Year
Lost In The Ghost Light has won the 2017 Prog Awards ‘Album Cover Of The Year’. Thanks to everyone who voted for it.
“Only 200 more to go before I equal Steven Wilson’s Prog trophy haul!
Lost In The Ghost Light follows the career of a fictional Rock musician from 1967 to 2017 and takes him from a time when music had cultural and financial value to a point where he’s sitting backstage after playing to fifty people at the Warrington Parr Hall. It makes Samuel Beckett seem like Benny Hill.
Generally speaking, since the age of Sgt Peppers, beautifully crafted records have become poorly paid streams and album covers are now more often than not tiny images on mobile phones.
The best artwork provides additional layers of meaning or mystery to the album experience. Via the likes of Hipgnosis’s designs for Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, Roger Dean’s work for Yes, Paul Whitehead’s art for Van Der Graaf Generator and Genesis, or brilliant one-offs such as In The Court Of The Crimson King, Prog was at the forefront of combining music and imagery in a way that offered an immersive experience for the listener.
Musically and visually, Lost In The Ghost Light is a tribute to the Progressive spirit of the 1960s and 1970s that got me interested in being a musician in the first place. It’s an honour to be in a room with so many of my teenage favourites.
Thanks to everyone who voted for the cover, Jarrod Gosling for brilliantly transforming ideas into reality, Inside Out for their ongoing support, and Jerry and Prog magazine for promoting creative music that the mainstream ignores.”