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.

Trees in the dusk

Amon Düül II

Phallus Dei (1969)

Amusement Parks on Fire

Out of the Angeles (2006)

Who's bad

Michael Jackson

Bad (1987)

"Weird Al" Yankovic

Even Worse (1988)

John Oswald

Plunderphonics: DAB (1989)

Frozen window

Bon Iver

For Emma, Forever ago (2008)

Melissa Etheridge

A New Thought for Christmas (2008)