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.

Things behind the sun


Beyond these Things (2003)


Around the Sun (2004)

The red-orange combination

Duke Ellington

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Stan Ridgway

Anatomy (1999)


Working for the Man - The Greatest Hits (2005)

Elvis Costello live with the Metropole Orkest

My Flame Burns Blue (2006)

Making the headlines

Cliff Richard

Good News (1967)

The Beatles and Tony Sheridan

In the Beginning (1968)

John Lennon and Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band

Some Time in New York City/Live Jam (1971)

Jethro Tull

Thick as a Brick (1972)

Paul Levinson with Ed Fox & Peter Rosenthal

Twice upon a Rhyme (1972)

Fantastic Four

Uncover Alvin Stone(the Birth & Death of a Gangster) (1975)

Eric Burdon & War

Love Is All Around (1976)

Jimmy Cliff

Pop Gold (1976)

Tom Waits

Heartattack and Vine (1980)

The Exploited

Dead Cities (1981)

Guns N' Roses

G N' R Lies (1988)


Look Sharp! (1988)

Leningrad Cowboys

Happy Together (1994)

Coleman Hawkins

The Indispensable - "Body and Soul" (1927 - 1966) (Jazz Tribune N° 52) (1994)


Suis-je le Gardien de mon Frère ? (2008)


Crucial Times (2010)

Siniestro Total

Country & Western (2010)

Oh No

Disrupted Ads (2013)

Bob Dylan

The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert! (2016)

Moulded faces (1)


Faceless (2003)

Nitin Sawhney

Human (2003)

The glorious times of idols

The Smiths

Hatful of Hollow (1984)


Olympian (1995)

Drawing and collage

The Beatles

Revolver (1966)

Cathy Berberian

Revolution (1969)


Canta I Beatles (1993)

The Bartlebees

What is it all about ? (1994)


The Rock Soldier (EP) (2000)

The Punkles

Pistol (2003)

Smash Palace

7 (2010)

Flesh and fantasy

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Electric Ladyland (1968)

Die Toten Hosen

Reich & Sexy (1995)


Remixploitation (2009)

From atomic swing to trash metal

Count Basie

Basie (1956)

Jefferson Airplane

Crown of Creation (1968)

Dr. Dre

Presents... The Aftermath (1996)


Back to the Start - Greatest Hits (2005)

Field music

Fila Brazillia

Brazilification - Remixes 95-99 (2000)

Neal Morse

Testimony (2003)

The old sepia picture

Leonard Cohen

The Best of (1975)


The Pod (1991)

Birds and smart fonts


Good Morning Spider (1999)

Sixpence None The Richer

Divine Discontent (2002)

Shadow and smoke

Sonny Rollins

Vol. 2 (1957)

Joe Jackson

Body and Soul (1984)