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.

Landscape triptych

The Moody Blues

Seventh Sojourn (1972)

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

The Letting Go (2006)


Safe in the Steep Cliffs (2011)

Kohl-rimmed eyes

Puddle of Mud

Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love and Hate (2009)

Rufus Wainwright

All Days are Nights: Songs for Lulu (2010)

EMI at Manchester square

The Beatles

Please Please Me (1963)

The Beatles

1962-1966 (Red Album) (1973)

The Beatles

1967-1970 (Blue Album) (1973)

The Beats

Please Please Me (1999)


Secret Gig 95 and Lots More (Bootleg) (1995)

The Sex Pistols

1976-1977 (Bootleg) (2001)