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I wish the only RCA Victor album release of 1972 would have looked something like this:

Front:
Elvis on Tour.jpg

Back:
Elvis on Tour Back.jpg

Gatefold:
Elvis on Tour Gatefold.jpg

This is truly the album that should have been. As much as I love MSG, I think this would have been a more appropriate release to go with the movie. Disc 1 features the Hollywood Studio Masters as well as four Vegas tracks; and Disc 2 features a full concert assembled from the four shows filmed for the movie.

On the back cover, there are ads for the 1971 releases (not including the Christmas/Religious album), Elvis Country and the other release that should have been.
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fantastic job........exelent


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That looks awesome.


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Nice covers.


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Nice work...nice concept. For me the February 1972 Vegas recordings are the definitive versions of those songs, and yet they were lost to us for years due to RCA deciding to issue the MSG album.

Of course the Hollywood studio recordings never got the album release they deserved either, with the best cuts being thrown away on budget albums. I love the idea of a composite show from the April 1972 tour too.



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that's very cool. keep going.
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Thanks for the nice comments, guys!

The Elvis on Tour project was probably the biggest screw-up management ever did, and deserves proper treatment no matter how long it takes.
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Since you mentioned it, very soon I am going to post other small projects I've been working on.

I'll give you a small preview of what I was working on tonight:

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Nicely done,Austin


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Looks great!


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Here are some more custom covers I have.

The first one is for what should have been the album of the latter half of 1971. George Smith created this album and gave it the name Exodus.

Long Lonesome Road 2.jpg
I like how Elvis is pointing to the RCA logo, much like Paul McCartney is pointing to the Capitol Records logo on the US version of Help!

LLR Back.jpg

Another member, Good Time Charlie, suggested the name Long Lonesome Road for the album, and that's the title I use.


In the same post, Good Time Charlie also talks about combining the best tracks from The Wonderful World of Christmas and He Touched Me into one album, and gave it the title, The Sounds of Christmas.


Sounds of Christmas.jpg
Pretty original, huh? :wink: (Updated 12/11/16; replaced ice skates with a cross, and a cleaner look overall)


The remaining five tracks from He Touched Me, plus the remaining unused gospel tracks from other recent projects, could have made up a 9-track Camden album for Easter release in 1972, titled Only Believe.

Only Believe 4.jpg
Only Believe Back.png

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Recently, Poormadpeter suggested that Love Letters From Elvis would have been better as a Camden album, so here it is (tracks are not in that order):

Love Letters Camden 2.jpg

And finally, Gold Records, Vol. 5 should have been released instead of the Fool album, so I styled it to look like the actual 1973 album:

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you'd be working at RCA
we would have the most beautiful covers


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Here are the back covers for Love Letters and Gold Records, Vol. 5 albums, which were not finished yesterday. Although, I'm not very satisfied with how the Gold Records cover turned out. I may end up doing that one over. EDIT: And I did, eventually. Minor changes; looks better overall. Also made minor changes to Love Letters.

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Nice job on : on tour, I changed it a little bit, Just an idea
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Very, very nice!

I think I'll change my Side 1, 2, ect. font to match yours.


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Nice work!

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Wonder who was actually in charge of the releases in the 1970s? this would have been great.Could someone do the composite april concert to see what it would have sounded like if it was released do in wav if anybody wants to take time to do it.


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ritchie valens wrote:Wonder who was actually in charge of the releases in the 1970s? this would have been great.Could someone do the composite april concert to see what it would have sounded like if it was released do in wav if anybody wants to take time to do it.
I actually have done that using the bootlegs that have been released so far, but it does not sound extremely great.

I did not use any of the San Antonio tracks, but the remaining 3 concerts sound very different from each other. Richmond is by far the best quality and mix. The other two sound pretty bad, but in different ways. Hampton sounds very muffled and Greensboro sounds too tinny.

Hopefully, if the rumors are true, we will be getting an upgrade soon and then we can get down to business. I refuse to believe the three missing songs from Hampton are gone forever, as well as most of Lawdy Miss Clawdy from Richmond.

This was the song selection I used:

Hampton Roads
See See Rider
Polk Salad Annie
A Big Hunk O' Love
How Great Thou Art
Sweet Sweet Spirit
An American Trilogy
Lawdy Miss Clawdy


Richmond
2001 Theme
Proud Mary
Never Been To Spain
You Gave Me a Mountain
Love Me
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
Heartbreak Hotel
Hound Dog
Love Me Tender
I Can't Stop Loving You
Suspicious Minds
Band Introductions
Funny How Time Slips Away
Can't Help Falling in Love


Greensboro
Until It's Time For You To Go
Bridge Over Troubled Water

If some better sources are released (including the missing songs) I would probably use Never Been to Spain from Hampton, Funny How Time Slips Away from Greensboro, and Heartbreak Hotel from San Antonio.


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Austin wrote:I wish the only RCA Victor album release of 1972 would have looked something like this:

Front:
Elvis on Tour.jpg

Back:
Elvis on Tour Back.jpg

Gatefold:
Elvis on Tour Gatefold.jpg

This is truly the album that should have been. As much as I love MSG, I think this would have been a more appropriate release to go with the movie. Disc 1 features the Hollywood Studio Masters as well as four Vegas tracks; and Disc 2 features a full concert assembled from the four shows filmed for the movie.

On the back cover, there are ads for the 1971 releases (not including the Christmas/Religious album), Elvis Country and the other release that should have been.
Did do something very similar on a 2 disc set, except for the concert i used multi-tracks from concerts close to the actual tour [not Antonia] and mixed the concert as a fantasy idea, please listen if u wish .........

https://mega.co.nz/#!9wUFDQrS!ojcXTjSeF8ahv7YymeUuxEIHTNDyy32bsJS15Zp_N3k


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Here is some more artwork that I've had for a while, but haven't posted yet.

Fall 1973 Stax album:

Elvis at Stax.jpg
Elvis at Stax back.jpg


Two budget albums featuring most of the tracks from the Tomorrow Is A Long Time project that could have been released in the early '70s:

tomorrow is a long time.png
Goin Home.jpg

A late 1973 budget album with the post-Aloha tracks and a few outtakes from previous albums:

Mahalo.jpg
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Been a while since I posted anything here, so I thought I'd just share a few trinkets I've been working on lately.


Viva Las Vegas LP

This one took forever to finally get right. It went through several makeovers before I was finally happy with it.
Viva Las Vegas 3.jpg


Unreleased 1963 LP

This one will almost certainly be re-done soon. This is just a rough draft of the artwork, but I think it looks ok.
Memphis Tennessee.jpg

I may post more in the next few days and also update a few already posted in this thread.
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Burning Love as a single album, October 1972
Burning Love.png
Burning Love Back.png


Also, here's an FTD cover I made almost two years ago and forgot about...
Summer of 72.JPG
Summer of 72 back.JPG
Incidentally, both of these shows were recorded on soundboard according to Keith Flynn's website. I guess FTD doesn't have access to them.


Also, a few covers above have been updated.
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Wow -- that Burning Love cover is fantastic, and so is the back cover for Summer of '72. Great work.


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My version of the Pickwick album that should have been released in early 1976 instead of the Frankie and Johnny re-issue that nobody asked for...
Viva Las Vegas Pickwick.jpg

Oh, and holy crap... has it been almost five years since I've posted in this thread?! Where did the time go?
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Here are some more things I've been working on (and listening to!) recently...

Seven :shock: years ago, I posted two album covers for Tomorrow is a Long Time and Goin' Home on the Camden label. These albums were meant to collect the tracks used as bonus tracks to fill out the late '60s soundtracks and make up the Guitar Man FTD release. In my opinion, this is the most realistic way these songs wold have been heard together during Elvis' lifetime.

I recently made back covers to those two. The old front covers I have on here were modified a long time ago to include text, but I never posted those before, so I'll do that now.

tomorrow is a long time text.jpg
tomorrow is a long time back.png
Goin Home text.jpg
Goin' Home Back.png

Recently, I posted my take on the Hits From His Movies albums, and here are the covers for them (Burning Love not included :D )...

Obviously, this one is no different from the original other than the text:
Hits From His Movies Vol 1.jpg

This one however, based on the Separate Ways cover, is one of my favorites I've ever done, simple as it may be:
Hits From Movies Vol 2.jpg
I might do back covers for these two soon...
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