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.

Shaded font on cardboard

Soft Machine

Third (1970)

Mooney Suzuki

Have Mercy (2007)

The first never mind

The Sex Pistols

Never Mind the Bollocks (yellow/pink) (1977)

Die Roten Rosen

Never Mind the Hosen (1987)

Les Sex Bidochons

On s'en Bat les Couilles (1989)

The Sex Pistols

Never Mind the Bollocks (pink/green) (1977)

Opium Jukebox

Never Mind the Bhangra (2002)

Mash Pashm

Never Mind the Balkans (2009)

United Nations

Never Mind the Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures (2010)

The Ukrainians

Never Mind the Cossacks (2014)

Ink waves

Los 7 Viejitos

Los 7 Viejitos Bossa Nova (1960s)

Thom Yorke

The Eraser (2006)

Cafe Tacuba

Sino (2007)