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.

Harder They Come














Jimmy Cliff

The Harder They Come (1972)

Joe Strummer

The Harder They Come (2009)

Lotek

International Rudeboy (2011)


Ophthalmic equipment











Paul Cusick

Focal Point (2009)

Kyasma

Symphony for Technology (2012)













Justin Timberlake

The 20/20 Experience (2013)

Justin Timberlake

The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2 (2013)

Justin Timberlake

The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (2013)










Justin Timberlake

The 20/20 Experience (Deluxe) (2013)

Justin Timberlake

The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2 (Deluxe) (2013)


Psychedelic revival








XTC

Oranges and Lemons (1989)

The Nice Boys

The Nice Boys (2006)