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.

Red armchair

Alain Bashung

Master Serie Vol.1 (1998)

Serge Lama

Feuille à Feuille (2001)

Russian dolls

Rolling Stones

Hot Rocks 1964-71 (1972)

Uriah Heep

Sonic Origami (1999)

Higher ground

Stevie Wonder

Innervisions (1973)

Yesterday's New Quintet

Stevie Vol.1 (2002)