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.

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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)

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