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.

Shaved head girls












Sinead O'Connor

The Lion and the Cobra (1990)

Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco (1994)


Dark side














Pink Floyd

Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

The Niwitz

Dark Side of the Spoon (1999)

Richard Cheese

The Sunny Side of the Moon - The Best of (2006)













Philip Glass

The Essential (2008)

Scissor Sisters

K-Mart Disco (2010)

Pink Floyd

Dark Side of the Moon - Immersion Boxset (2011)


Rainbow












Supergrass

Life on other Planets (2002)

Infadels

Universe in Reverse (2008)