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.

Guitar girl

Melissa Etheridge

Never Enough (1992)

Alexz Johnson

Songs from Instant Star Vol.2 (2006)

Thin White Duke

David Bowie

Aladdin Sane (1973)

El Vez

Son of a Lad from Spain ? (2001)

Jay-Jay Johanson

Antenna (2002)