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.

On stamps

Charles Manson

Commemorating Sixty Years of Struggle against Cowardice, Stupidity and Lies (1994)

Bad Religion

Tested (1997)

The Divine Comedy

Victory for the Comic Muse (2006)


The Rolling Stones

Tattoo You (1981)


Cover You: A Tribute to the Rolling Stones (1998)

Muscles and rap

50 Cent

The Massacre (2005)

50 Cent

The Massacre (Special Edition) (2005)

Fatal Bazooka

T'as vu (2007)