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.

Coloured Squares








Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Stephen Stills

Super Session (1968)

Vanilla Fudge

Near the Beginning (1969)

Buena Vista










Various

Buena Vista Social Club (1997)

Captain Everything

Buena Vista Bingo Club (2006)

Various

Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall (2008)

Speaker grid








Kraftwerk

Radio-Aktivität (1975)

Nihils

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)

Accept

Death Row (1994)

Alphabet soup pasta








The Jesus and Mary Chain

Damage and Joy (2017)

Cabbage

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

Circus tricks








The Doors

Strange Days (1967)

Family

Entertainment (1969)

Snow globe








Book of Love

Candy Carol (1991)

Laika

Sounds of the 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)