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.

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








Fehlfarben

33 Tage in Ketten (1981)

Honey for Petzi

General Thoughts and Tastes (2011)

Kids sports








Nada Surf

High/Low (1996)

Wavves

Wavves (2009)

Biplane








Jefferson Airplane

After Bathing at Baxter's (1967)

Joe Walsh

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

Demogorgon








Depeche Mode

Exciter (2001)

Crosby & Nash

Crosby & Nash (2004)

Bent over








Nutz

Nutz (1974)

St. Vincent

Masseduction (2017)

Censored text








Desaparecidos

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








Kyuss

Into the Void (EP) (1996)

The Afghan Whigs

1965 (1998)

Chromatic








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)

Chevron








Glasvegas

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

Angelo Badalamenti

Twin Peaks (reissue) (2017)

Cow face








Hanadensha

The Golden Age of Heavy Blood (1989)

Swervedriver

Mezcal Head (1993)

Punctuation marks








Ray Anderson

What Because (1990)

!!! (Chk Chk Chk)

!!! (2000)

Portrait drawing








Neil Young

Neil Young (1968)

MIJ

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)

Various

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

Under a tree








Jake Holmes

A Letter To Katherine December (1968)

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969)

Girl portrait drawing








The Apartments

A Life Full of Farewells (1995)

Leonard Cohen

Dear Heather (2004)

In flames








Lynyrd Skynyrd

Street Survivors (1977)

Dokken

Under Lock and Key (1985)

Camouflage Jeep








Gorillaz

Gorillaz (2001)

Studiored

Dub by Studiored (2016)