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.

Goats and dogs

The Beach Boys

Pet Sounds (1966)

Charles Manson

Live from St Quentin (1993)


Ass Cobra (1996)

The Surf Sluts

Pot Sounds (2000)


Boyarin (2016)

From Memphis to South Africa

Paul Simon

Graceland (1986)

El Vez

Graciasland (1994)

Red Gradient

Lightnin' Hopkins

Lightnin' Hopkins (1959)

Paolo Nutini

These Streets (2006)

Brimstone Howl

Guts of Steel (2007)

Faces on wood

Bob Marley and the Wailers

Burnin' (1973)

Lauryn Hill

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)


Polmo Polpo

Science of Breath (2002)


Spellbound (2006)