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Ever wondered what the rest of your favorite album covers might have looked like before they made the cut? Well, from Nirvana to Michael Jackson, British design agency Aptitude’s The Bigger Picture has given album covers a visual remix. Classic album covers are given a “before” makeover to playfully include an imagined and not-so-appealing background from which the images were “cropped”.

Photo cropping (i.e. cropping for Instagram) has been made mindlessly easy via our smart phones. But way back when, you needed a degree in graphic design and about $10,000 worth of equipment to accomplish the task. Since the digital age of music distribution has made the album cover a bit of a dying art, the graphic designers at Aptitude have decided to pay homage to the once-enviable task:

In this digital age, buying an album has become less about buying a physical package to buying a digital version out of convenience. So in honour of a once coveted industry standard, we take a look at some of the most iconic album covers over the years and put our own spin on them by revealing ‘the bigger picture’.

While it’s great you can remove that stranger’s butt crack from your best selfie, you should take a look at the rest of Aptitude’s remixed album covers to see what lies in the margins music’s most iconic covers.
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