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.

B/w image with red stripe

New Order

Get Ready (2001)


Careful What You Wish For (2003)

1 comment:

funkyaeroplane said...


Just came across your bog. i quite enjoyed it. I've always been interested in the album art as well as the music. That's why although I like mp3s a lot I still love cds and records for their accompanying art which can sometimes add so much to the experience. It was funny to see some of the parodies too. Anyway, good idea man.