so perhaps he liked added instruments and the "smoothing" out of his music. I personally like the rough versions best also. I think on some songs- horns and added orchestration was nice but on rock songs I did not think it added anything-it distracted. As far as art work and album concepts which artists came up with in the 60s and 70s-they were the new crop of artists involved like that. Elvis was not from that crop, he let the people who did that type thing do it. Althought Elvis was a rock star-IMO I think his thinking on some things such as art work etc was more on the lines of Sinatra, or Dean Martin-let the people who do that handle it.