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.

Sixties sportscar nose

Donald Byrd Band and Voices

A New Perspective (1963)


Loc-ed after Dark (1989)

The James Taylor Quartet

Hammond-ology - The Best of (2001)


Blue Note Revisited (2004)

Landscape of Fear

Angelo Badalamenti

Soundtrack from Twin Peaks (1990)

Die Toten Hosen

Unsterblich (2001)

Hidden in the trees

John Lennon

Plastic Ono Band (1970)

Yoko Ono

Plastic Ono Band (1970)


The Invisible Band (2001)

Yellow drumset


Sign 'O' the Times (1987)


Mirrored (2007)

Black-and-white duet

Simon and Garfunkel

Bookends (1968)

Kruder and Dorfmeister

G-Stoned (1996)