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.

Twisted horns


La Belle Inutile (1999)


Our Love to Admire (2007)

The other Pepper

The Rolling Stones

Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)


Rutles Highway Revisited (1990)

Exclamation mark

Ornette Coleman

Ornette! (1962)

Flying Padovani's

Font l'Enfer (1983)


Internal Wrangler (2000)

Yesterday's New Quintet

Yesterday's Universe (2007)

Cooling in water

Olivia Newton-John

Come On Over (1976)

Jackson Browne

I'm Alive (1993)

George Harrison

Early Takes Volume 1 (2012)