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.

A true classic... and its derivatives

The Beatles

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

The Rutles

Sgt. Rutter's Only Darts Club Band (1967)

Frank Zappa and The Mothers

We're only in it for the Money (1968)

Bläck Fööss

Et Es 20 Johr Jenau Jetz Her (1990)


4 Beadochons dans le Vent (1993)


Sinister Slaughter (1993)


Tropical Tribute to The Beatles (1996)

The Simpsons

The Yellow Album (1998)

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.

St. Captain Freak Out and the Magic Bamboo Request (2002)

Intense Mutilation

Sgt Leppers Falling Parts Club Band (2004)


The Exotic Beatles, Pt.2 (2005)

Good Clean Fun

Between Christian Rock

and a Hard Place (2006)

Easy Star All Stars

Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band (2009)

Acid Police Noise Ensemble

Extraordinary Renditions (2011)

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