Would Sgt. Pepper's be exactly the same without Peter Blake's cover ? At a time when full-length records do not mean much any longer and album covers even less, I found interesting to make a website on sleeve design. Long before videos, record covers were the visual embodiment of music, a way to put images on sound. I remember having spent hours as a teenager detailing the cover of records while listening to them. Later on, I realised that some of them had things in common in their design, revealing either a mere sign of the times or a more deliberate connection. Some records even obviously copied famous sleeves, as a tribute or as a mockery. Here is a collection of record covers I came across, which share some common visual features.

Speaker grid


Radio-Aktivität (1975)


Perspectives (2017)

Messy curly hair

Bob Dylan

The Bob Dylan 60's Collection (2009)

Daniel Romano

Mosey (2016)

Skull (profile)

The Kinks

To the Bone (1986)


Death Row (1994)

Alphabet soup pasta

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Damage and Joy (2017)


Young, Dumb and Full of... (2017)

Circus tricks

The Doors

Strange Days (1967)


Entertainment (1969)

Snow globe

Book of Love

Candy Carol (1991)


Sounds of the Satellites (1997)

Red setting sun


Cactus (1970)

Black Renaissance

Body, Mind & Spirit (1976/2002)

Band on a glacier

The Fucking Champs

V (2002)


Restriction (2015)

Now and then

Phil Collins

Face Value (1981)

Phil Collins

Face Value (Deluxe) (2016)

Phil Collins

Hello, I Must Be Going ! (1982)

Phil Collins

Hello, I Must Be Going ! (Deluxe) (2016)

Phil Collins

No Jacket Required (1985)

Phil Collins

No Jacket Required (Deluxe) (2016)

Phil Collins

...But Seriously (1989)

Phil Collins

...But Seriously (Deluxe) (2016)

Phil Collins

Both Sides (1993)

Phil Collins

Both Sides (Deluxe) (2016)

Phil Collins

Testify (2002)

Phil Collins

Testify (Deluxe) (2016)

Phil Collins

Going Back (2010)

Phil Collins

The Essential Going Back (Deluxe) (2016)

Coloured squares

Thelonious Martin

Colors (2012)

New Order

Lost Sirens (2013)

Psychedelic pink

Jefferson Airplane

Surrealistic Pillow (1967)

Electric Citizen

Higher Time (2016)

Virtuoso wannabes

Marc Almond

Tenement Symphony (1991)


Ringleader of the Tormentors (2016)

Earth skull

Jean-Michel Jarre

Oxygène (1976)

Jean-Michel Jarre

Oxygène 3 (2016)


Paul McCartney

Memory Almost Full (2007)

Snarky Puppy

Culcha Vulcah (2016)

Modern cowboys in sepia

Big Audio Dynamite

This Is Big Audio Dynamite (1985)

Jane's Addiction

Strays (2003)

In the back of the car

The Kills

Blood Pressure (2011)


We Fucked a Flame into Being (2016)

Car with blue sky

Hank Mobley

A Caddy for Daddy (1966)


Matinee (1994)

Pop bather


Leisure (1991)

Stone Temple Pilots

Tiny Music: Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop (1996)

If you want live


If You Want Blood, You've Got it (1978)

American Dog

If You Want Bud, You've Got it (2006)