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.

Guitar tuning

Moon Martin

Street Fever (1980)

Dave Morrison

WIth Joe Soap (1981)


Horace Parlan Quintet

Speakin' My Piece (1960)

Freddie Hubbard

Hub-Tones (1962)

Jazz Sabbath

Jazz Sabbath (2020)

Man in Suit behind Desk

Gary Numan

The Pleasure Principle (1979)

Band Apart

Band Apart (1983/2019)

Flaming dolls

Caroline Rose

Superstar (2020)

Juliette Armanet

Brûler le Feu (2021)


The Verve

A Storm in Heaven (1993)

Oranssi Pazuzu

L_Värähtelijä (2016)



Tighten Up Volume 2 (1969)

Eric Clapton

E.C. Was Here (1975)

Yellow background

The Walker Brothers

The Singles (2000)

The Spencer Davis Group

Live in Finland 67 (2017)


The Michael Schenker Group

Built to Destroy (1983)

Schneider TM and KPT.Michi.Gan

Binokular (2000)

Over and over


Rock and Roll Over (1976)


Pure Fire - The Ultimate KISS Tribute (2004/2018)


Kings among Scotland (2018)

Divided helmets

Daft Punk

Random Access Memory (2013)


Trip (2021)



Leftism (1994)

M. Ward

What a WOnderful Industry (2018)

Doll's house


Music in a Doll's House (1968)

John Cale & Terry Riley

Church of Anthrax (1971)

Lying dead

The Smiths

The Queen Is Dead (1986)

The Smiths

The Queen Is Dead (Box set) (2017)


E-bay Queen Is Dead (2012)

City lights


The Last Broadcast (2002)

M. Ward

Migration Stories (2020)

Disco queens


Take me Home (1979)

Nicki Minaj

Queen (2018)

Hand sign

Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels (2013)

Run the Jewels

2 (2014)

Run the Jewels

Meow (2015)

Run the Jewels

3 (2016)

Run the Jewels

RTJ4 (2020)


The Aphex Twin

Classics (1995)


The Sophtware Slump (2000)


Miles Davis / Gil Evans

Sketches of Spain (1960)

Billy Jenkins with The Voice of God Collective

Scratches of Spain (1987)

Red box with coloured border

Dire Straits

Making Movies (1980)

Mkwaju Ensemble

Mkwaju (1981)

Exploding body

Massive Attack

100th Window (2003)

The Afghan Whigs

Do to the Beast (2014)

Ladies' men

Art Garfunkel

Breakaway (1975)

Leonard Cohen

Death of a Ladies' Man (1977)

Greg Ashley

Death of a Ladies' Man (2013)

Modern architecture

Teenage Fanclub

Shadows (2010)

Damien Jurado

The Horizon just Laughed (2018)