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.

Front/Back









Various

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)

Mercedes









The Michael Schenker Group

Built to Destroy (1983)

Schneider TM and KPT.Michi.Gan

Binokular (2000)

Over and over











Kiss

Rock and Roll Over (1976)

Various

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

Anthrax

Kings among Scotland (2018)

Divided helmets









Daft Punk

Random Access Memory (2013)

Cro

Trip (2021)

Jaws









Leftfield

Leftism (1994)

M. Ward

What a WOnderful Industry (2018)

Doll's house









Family

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)

Marsheaux

E-bay Queen Is Dead (2012)

City lights









Doves

The Last Broadcast (2002)

M. Ward

Migration Stories (2020)

Disco queens









Cher

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)


Tastes









The Aphex Twin

Classics (1995)

Grandaddy

The Sophtware Slump (2000)

Spain









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)

Sketch









Tortoise

TNT (1998)

Tortoise / Autechre

Adverse Camber / To Day Retreival (1998)

Band under an archway









The Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band (1968)

Stephen Stills / Manassas

Manassas (1972)

Desert and blue sky









Loose Ends

Zagora (1986)

Cock Robin

After Here Through Midland (1987)

Denim









The Dandy Warhols

Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia (2000)

Black Tambourine

Black Tambourine (2010)

Landscape collage with burned border









The Cure

Boys Don't Cry (1979)

Sugar Ray

Little Yachty (2019)