Cover Art Closing Night

Various covers circulated on the web, here is the definitive version. Ernst Jorgerson said that this is "the one that made it to the factory". This Follow That Dream release contains a soundboard recording of Elvis' show at the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas September 3, 1973.
Source: Elvis Unlimited / Updated: Sep 6, 2004 

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Scratch (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 11, 2004report abuse
Must agree with the general consensus... Photoshop gone mad... too much monkey business.
EspenK (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 9, 2004report abuse
According to comments further down on this page, the monkey is from this very show. Cool - cant wait to hear the recording!
ElvisO7 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 8, 2004report abuse
Did he have a monkey on his back at this show? If he didn't then it shouldn't be there! I like it without the monkey.
JC´ (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 8, 2004report abuse
Yeah! is nice!! This is like feel Elvis, relax and enjoy, look his face.Good cover much better than others.
EspenK (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 7, 2004report abuse
I like this cover! Ive not seen those other versions mentioned, but nevertheless, I think this looks great.
harmston (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 7, 2004report abuse
The fonts are very amateurish but the Elvis picture is fabulous...
roytcbintheuk (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 7, 2004report abuse
the cover does look a bit amateur i think with a bit more thought could have been better ftd i think you need to reconsider this design before it goes to print but this is a quite a unusual show as i have had this for a while as an audience recording and look forward to recieving it in much better quality
Lamar Fike (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 7, 2004report abuse
Tsk, tsk... They started of so well with the first cover, but now the just have to fill it out with something...! Why can't they just put the damn CD in a jewel case and put that picture in a booklet...? Is that so hard??? TCB
Riozzi (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 7, 2004report abuse
i preferred the first version, without elvis on the cover, even though we all know elvis did have a monkey on his back.
JeroenNL (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 7, 2004report abuse
Terrible design. I wish they had placed small pics underneath the Vegas sign in three seperate squares, would have been nicer. This is just a worse case of cutting and pasting. A shame in my eyes.
Great show though, you can hear a sample on the Opening Night (1972) cd from the 2001 label (3 songs). Man, Elvis really takes it out on the Hilton. I feel that he hoped to get fired there so he didn´t had to go there anymore :-)
If only Parker had sended him on a world tour...
PaulFromFrance (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 7, 2004report abuse
I preferred the first version with the bilboard only. I don't like the font used for "CLOSING NIGHT". And Elvis is ridiculous with the monkey. Anyway, of course, I'll buy the damn CD. ;-)
suzie (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 7, 2004report abuse
I think this will sell no matter what the covers are but my opinion; I like the pic with Elvis & the Monkey for the back cover and the marquee billboard front. Maybe another pic inside too. Thanks for all the great works with FTD.
Monster (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 7, 2004report abuse
I have to agree with the general consensus here. The original cover art of just the billboard looked great. I even like the title font they've used. It's unusually restrained except fot eh little sparkles which are quite nice. But - and I never thought I'd ever have to use this criticism on anything but a sixties soundtrack album but - the picture of Elvis actually ruins this cover. It's a great shot of course but surely it's an inside cover or maybe even a back cover.... Still at the end of the day what really maters is Elvis' contribution - the music. I for one am really looking forward to this release. A much underexposed season. The king was still in control and it should be a great listen. What say you? Raucous.
elVis112 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 6, 2004report abuse
Sorry for the included link in my previous posting..., here's my last post once more a little edited and without a link...:
It has become obvious by now that at FTD they really do have a hand for some strange cover art. Why have they tempered with the first draft of the great cover? Why always add something lousy and cheap to the design? Can't somebody please tell them that out there are some great fans who are more professional in designing covers than these so-called pros? Just check out some of the sites out there in world-wide-web-land and see what great covers are created by fans. Then it will be time for you to start crying about artwork like the one above...!
elVis112 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 6, 2004
Invisible because there was a link/email included
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 6, 2004report abuse
I like the first one more too... this is so "cut out".
Lawman (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 6, 2004report abuse
Hmm, dunno. I don't like the font they've used. I would've kept the original "billboard-cover" and put the picture of Elvis on the back or the inside cover. But that's just my opinion.
Mofoca22 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 6, 2004report abuse
lol i like this cover. its funny to see a monkey on elvis's back. plus they kept the billboard awesome art :) thats deffintly gonna be a memorable cover. im buying this one

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