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.

Snow globe








Book of Love

Candy Carol (1991)

Laika

Sounds of thew Satellites (1997)

Red setting sun








Cactus

Cactus (1970)

Black Renaissance

Body, Mind & Spirit (1976/2002)

Band on a glacier








The Fucking Champs

V (2002)

Archive

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)

Morrissey

Ringleader of the Tormentors (2016)

Earth skull








Jean-Michel Jarre

Oxygène (1976)

Jean-Michel Jarre

Oxygène 3 (2016)

Armchair








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)

Warhaus

We Fucked a Flame into Being (2016)

Car with blue sky








Hank Mobley

A Caddy for Daddy (1966)

Sharkboy

Matinee (1994)

Pop bather








Blur

Leisure (1991)

Stone Temple Pilots

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

If you want live








AC/DC

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

American Dog

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

Shack house














Eminem

The Marshall Mathers (2000)

Jon Connor

The People's Rapper LP (mixtape) (2012)

Eminem

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)


Dressed up as Santa Claus








Bing Crosby

White Christmas (2012)

El Vez

Sno-Way José (2012)








Louis Armstrong & Friends

What a Wonderful Christmas (1997)

The Supremes

The Best of the Supremes: The Christmas Collection (2005)

Etta James

12 Songs of Christmas (2005)








James Brown

Funky Christmas (1995)

The Ramsey Lewis Trio

More Sounds of Christmas (1964)

James Brown

The Best of James Brown: The Christmas Collection (2003)








Jackie Gleason

All I Want for Christmas (1969)

Charo

(Mamacita) ¿Dónde Está Santa Claus? EP (1978)

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Christmas (2015)






Mariah Carey

Merry Christmas (2000)

Mariah Carey

Merry Christmas 2 You (2010)