I have the first Ed Bonja shot here on the wall....one of the best!
I don't like the Press Conference shots.....some have said he was just tired....hmmmm....he sounded stoned as some have said......never seemed to take him long to get back to the drugs after a challenge....I heard he was unable to go out the day after Aloha because he was back on them......so sad!
I read that Elvis wasnt due to do this particular interview and had taken some sleeping pills an hour or so before. Then as he was getting ready for bed, the Colonel told him he had to do the last minute interview. Some of the MM (alledgedly) complained (not sure if Elvis did) and said he was way too drowsy from the tablets to do it. However, we all know the Col. gets his own way and Elvis ended up doing the said interview ..looking and sounding terrible.
Sorry, I can never remember where I read things. Just some things tend to stick in my mind. I tend to believe the story though, because however much you take drugs to sleep, wake up, etc, you would have to be downright daft to take them right before you are due to do an interview!
Was it too hard to do it? did you took a whole month? did you needed to be an art genius? then why most of Elvis album covers post '71 are just so shitty, they where either retarded or they just didn't care. And that was the decade when the rule became: album covers are as important as the content of the album. Dam! if only...
Love what you did with that cover, thanks for sharing.
Here is another pic, probably just seconds after or before the one that started this thread was taken.
You're right, ever since THE BEATLES, SGT. PEPPER LP, the bar was set higher but RCA in the 50's & 60's would use the LP Covers as sort of a Magazine style pin up. Show casing their Male Model type performer. People would buy LPs cause of the cover alone. But with Rock music maturing, That got played out. I have to say that the six most impressive LP Covers for Elvis where in my opinion these.
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Yes, those are fabulous covers. Love the EIM
"NO-ONE, BUT NO-ONE,IS HIS EQUAL, OR EVER WILL BE. HE WAS, AND IS SUPREME".Mick Jagger
Great work. It does look much better than the official release.
I love you guys in this forum. To point out that the photo was from the warm up show and as such should not be used on the cover is an observation from a factual level that i can only I hope to reach one day. Brilliant!
About your comment on How Great Thou Art, I have always regretted how one of Elvis finest albums has one of the ugliest covers ever. It is to notice also how on the From Elvis in Memphis, even with a great cover, they managed to blew it with a '63 pic on the back.
Anyway interest to note how, if the tendency was that cover art will be as important as the music, still, lots of people in the 70's considered the cover as something they will throw away and just keep the record. So...
I never cared for the MSG cover, I don't like Elvis' hair coming to such a point in the front!