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.



Destroyer (1976)


Fighting the World (1987)


Thievery Corporation

Sounds from the Thievery Hi-fi (1999)

Bosques de mi Mente

Lo-Fi (2007)

Vintage guitars

The Kinks

The Kink Kontroversy (1965)


Dig me Out (1997)

The most famous pair of slacks

The Rolling Stones

Sticky Fingers (1971)

Mötley Crüe

Too Fast for Love (1981)


Paint it Black - A Reggae Tribute (2002)


Paint it Black (2006)

French teenage rock


Crache ton Venin (1979)


Cache ton Machin (1996)