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.

Smart font on dark blue background

TV on the Radio

Dear Science (2008)

Band of Horses

Infinite Arms (2010)

Winged Oudjat-eye

Alan Parsons Project

Eye in the Sky (1983)

The Sisters of Mercy

Vision Thing (1990)


The 13th Floor Elevators

The Psychedelic Sounds of

the 13th Floor Elevators (1966)

Suicidal Flowers

The Psychedevilic Sounds of

Suicidal Flowers (1997)


The Psychedelic Sounds of

the Sonic Cathedral (2010)

Backlit countryside

Kruder & Dorfmeister

The K&D Sessions (1998)


Reprise des Négociations (2005)