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.

Black and green

The Housemartins

London 0 Hull 4 (1986)

Belle and Sebastian

The Boy with the Arab Strap (1998)

White album

The Beatles

The Beatles (White Album) (1968)

The Dandy Warhols

Dandys Rule OK (1995)

Lewis Black

White Album (2000)


The Blues White Album (2002)

Cooling in water (2)


Spiderland (1991)

Washed Out

Life of Leisure (2010)