Take ten classic albums. For each album, take the running times of each of the tracks and use them to create a piece of geometric art. What do the resultant artworks look like? Have a look at the images below!
Of course, these aren't, strictly speaking, alternative album covers. Who could ever replace the exuberant album art of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the stark dark art of The Dark Side Of The Moon or the down-to-earthness of (What's The Story) Morning Glory? No, these graphic artworks aren't so much alternative album covers an alternative way of celebrating the albums they are based on.
Where original album covers give an identity to an album, an image for the overall package, these geometric artworks celebrate the the individual album tracks and the way that, together, they combine to form a whole album.
We've picked just ten classic albums here. If you want to see our entire gallery, and the way that the same album looks in different graphic art styles, pop over to our Gallery Of Album Art.
So, on with the classic albums, in no particular order...
One of our favourites. We've used colours inspired by the original, iconic album cover in this round style geometric artwork.
That long song at the end of the album - shown here by the long, last bar at the bottom of the print - is the classic 'A Day In The Life'. Each of the songs is represented by a bar, the length of each bar is determined by the length of the song, and each of the bars is mirrored to give this rather pleasing balanced-but-not-symmetrical look to the finished wall art.
Is this the largest selling album whose name begins with a bracket? We don't know. But we do know that the original cover was about as down to earth as you can get. A street. A city. A couple of people. Real life.
We've shown this album as a series of songcircles, where the size of the circle is based on the length of each song. We've used colours inspired by the original album cover. If you're wondering what those two very small circles are, they're two short pieces untitled on the original album, known as The Swamp Song (excerpt 1 and excerpt 2).
An arrow style geometric artwork with a bright red and yellow colour scheme for Exodus. The original album artwork for Exodus was a simple red on gold affair with black text. The long song that stands like a beacon in the middle of the album (it ended side 1 of the original LP) is the title track - by far the longest song on the album.
A collection of all of Madness's best-known songs on one album - what's not to love? The original album art was a photo of the band and we've based this round style geometric artwork on some of the colours used in the original album cover.
All the songs on this album are quite short - Madness always had a knack of summing things up quite succinctly and often with a generous dose of humour (Baggy Trousers, House Of Fun). But they could catch a mood perfectly too (It Must Be Love).
You might know this album from the hits - I Can't Dance, Jesus He Knows Me, No Son Of Mine. If you love this album, you might love it for the long songs too - Driving The Last Spike and Fading Lights (the two biggest circles on the artwork).
You can see from our geometric artwork (songcircles style using colours inspired by the original album cover) that, as with most Genesis albums, there's a real mix of long songs and short songs.
We think this arrow style geometric art in olive/wheat looks somehow very satisfying. The original album artwork is a million miles away for this - a fading picture on an old wall, paint peeling away from it.
A mix of long an short songs on the album creates this beautiful pattern, white gaps interspersed between the bands of colour.
This one looks really bold! It's the same arrow style as Led Zeppelin IV above but has a completely different feel - striking indigo/pink colours and with all the album tracks being much more consistent in terms of playing time, there's very little white space in the artwork - just a few little peepholes.
The original album cover pictured a crab. This graphic artwork has a feeling of solidity about it, perhaps even a little intimidating.
A classic original cover - the band along with assorted famous people (but in a quite different way from Sgt Pepper). We've departed completely from the original colour scheme for this one - and that's one of the great things about this graphic art (you're not tied to any particular colour scheme). We've gone all blue and pink on this round style artwork, lending the whole album a sort of soft, cosy look.
A surprisingly varied set of running times from the little slice of brilliance that is 'Never Going Back Again' to the chunkier 'The Chain' and 'Gold Dust Woman' - this collection of songs shows up as the varied sizes of the songcircles in this green/yellow geometric artwork. The original album cover showed a photo of Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks.
Well, we couldn't miss this one out, could we? Classic album, classic cover.
We've used the original Dark Side Of The Moon album artwork as inspiration for the colours in this arrow style geometric artwork. The geometric art reveals an unusual shape, not found in many albums - a sandwich of shorter tracks at the beginning and end of the album with a substantial filling of longer tracks in the middle. The longest of the lot? Us And Them.
For more information on our geometric art based on album tracks, read our blog post What's Your Favourite Album? And What Does It Look Like?
Take a look at our Album Graphic Art Gallery, where you can find lots more graphic art based on albums by many different artists.
All Elevencorners Music Wall Art is here.