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.

House on fire

Swell Maps

A Trip to Marineville (1979)

The Veils

Time Stays, We Go (2013)

Hands on

Janet Jackson

Janet (1993)


Adrenalina (single) (2015)

Yellow sweater and helicopter

Roberto Carlos

Em Ritmo de Aventura (1967)


Out of Here (1994)

Black on black

Ozark Henry

The Sailor not the Sea (2004)


Red Book (2005)

Band on the Beach

Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Love Beach (1978)

Heaven 17

The Luxury Gap (1983)

Grocery Store

Eli Paperboy Reed

Come and Get it! (2010)

Chiddy Bang

Breakfast (2012)

Three guys, pink carpet, brown curtain


33 Tage in Ketten (1981)

Honey for Petzi

General Thoughts and Tastes (2011)

Kids sports

Nada Surf

High/Low (1996)


Wavves (2009)


Jefferson Airplane

After Bathing at Baxter's (1967)

Joe Walsh

The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get (1973)


Depeche Mode

Exciter (2001)

Crosby & Nash

Crosby & Nash (2004)

Bent over


Nutz (1974)

St. Vincent

Masseduction (2017)

Censored text


Payola (2015)

Roger Waters

Is this the Life We really Want? (2017)

Sports and fashion

Roxy Music

Flesh+Blood (1980)

The Style Council

Walking the Night (1987)

Floating in space


Into the Void (EP) (1996)

The Afghan Whigs

1965 (1998)


The Walker Brothers

Images (1967)

Cat Power

Jukebox (2007)

White banner on blue background

Queens Of The Stone Age

R (2000)

F.S. Blumm & Nils Frahm

Music For Wobbling Music Versus Gravity (2013)

Leaning on a brick wall with a passer-by

Nick Drake

Nick Drake (1971)

Robert Plant

The Principle of Moments (1983)



Later... When the TV Turns to Static (2013)

Angelo Badalamenti

Twin Peaks (reissue) (2017)

Cow face


The Golden Age of Heavy Blood (1989)


Mezcal Head (1993)

Punctuation marks

Ray Anderson

What Because (1990)

!!! (Chk Chk Chk)

!!! (2000)

Portrait drawing

Neil Young

Neil Young (1968)


Color by the Number (1969)

Sitting on a chair in water

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

Summer of Fear (2009)

Dolores O'Riordan

No Baggage (2009)

Made in Japan

Deep Purple

Made in Japan (1972)

Elio e le Storie Tese

Made in Japan (2001)

Dip Apple

Made in Japan (2015)

Dark and twisted

Kanye West

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (unused cover) (2010)

Jon Connor

The Late Registration of a College Dropout Who Had a Dark Twisted Fantasy of 808s and Heartbreak (2014)

Bare-chested Jim

The Doors

The Best of The Doors (1985)


Savage Pencil Presents... The Antiquack - A Dead Duck Selection (1999)