Cover Art Unchained Melody

Here is the cover art for the upcoming Follow That Dream release "Unchained melody" which is due for release January 2007. It contains a soundboard recording from an Elvis' concert in Charlotte, North Carolina on February 20, 1977.
Source: The United Elvis Presley Society / Updated: Dec 3, 2006
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DJB (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 6, 2006report abuse
Nice '77 shot, but personally I would've slotted this on the disk-tray panel & used a concert pic for the front cover, I actually have some shots of Elvis on stage - Feb.20 which were taken by Len Leech most of which show our man looking pretty cool, respectable at least by 1977 standards (including the shot used on "The Jailhouse Rock-man In Concert" bootleg) lets hope FTD have access to these as well...maybe do a last-minute switch like they've done before.
genedin (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 6, 2006report abuse
although im very happy to get more 77 tracks i think they should find a 77 c.c. rider and i got a woman and make it look like a complete show. they already doctor some of their releases so why not this one too? love the bonus tracks and keep these hot cds coming to me.thanks to all at ftd.
lvisfan (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 6, 2006report abuse
Thank you Paul for the info on the photo. Vulcandude, Elvis never performed "Way Down" live and from what I know, he only performed "Moody Blue" at two shows and didn't like it. They weren't well rehearsed and you can it tell it when you hear it only CD. He was still referring to "Hurt" as one of his latest records.
vulcandude (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 6, 2006report abuse
I just saw the track listings for this, and although it is an incomplete show for whatever reason, the material listed looks great. I am rather disappointed in the fact that "Moody Blue" only gets the "intro" treatment here.....I've never heard a live version of this song. I also wish I could find a live version of "Way Down".......
Renan Augusto (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 5, 2006report abuse
I didn´t like it.
vulcandude (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 5, 2006report abuse
I wish they had used a better picture for the cover artwork. I hope the CD is good though. Anybody know of a possible track listing for this?
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 5, 2006report abuse
Paul, that's as RJ already revealed below...<grin>
Paul Sweeney (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 5, 2006report abuse
lvisfan - The photo is of Elvis arriving from Orlando, FL in the hotel lobby in Montgomery, AL on February 15, 1977 before his show in Montgomery on the 16th
Lefty (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 5, 2006report abuse
Back in 1977 RCA used a photo of Elvis from 1975 for the In Concert LP and a photo from 1972 for Moody Blue. Both were just wrong. FTD got it right for the first time with Spring Tours '77, and although the photos were pretty bad, at least they were accurate. This time the photo is accurate, and good to boot! Plus, the soundboards from this season are crystal clear. If you've had the pleasure of hearing "Moody Blue and Other Great Performances" by Fort Baxter, you know what I mean. I'm looking forward to this release. As for the title, how can any of us expect something catchy or original with so many Elvis concerts on the market?
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 5, 2006report abuse
Tony thats what i thought and mentioned on the other page concerning this release,how about charlotte blues? anything but just a title from one of the songs,im not sure if there been a import with the title unchained melody but there was one called unchained elvis!
Tony D. (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2006report abuse
I have no coment on the "artwork". I was just hoping they might change the title to something a bit more imaginative rather than just picking a song title; they could have called it "Jailhouse rock" I suppose!!?? Something a little more imaginative like "Welcome to the show" or something that will distinguish this release from all the other live documents we have. I do believe thee is already a bootleg CD called "Unchained melody"!?
lvisfan (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2006report abuse
I've always loved this picture. Even had it as my desktop photo on my home computer. When I first saw it published, it's stated it was taken at the Feb. 16th show in Montgomery, which I attended. I saw it in another publications months later that stated it was taken in Orlando. Which is correct? Anybody know for sure?
RonBaker (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2006report abuse
I like the photo a lot! A smiling Elvis with no microphone in his face and wearing street clothes. Looks good to me!!!
Ronaldv (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2006report abuse
great cover! does anybody realize how elvis looked 3 days before this photo was taken?right, 12 feb 1977, in miami. all elvis fans know these pictures. all gossip magazines use these pictures a lotover the years. so i'm glad with this ftd cover. but more important, i'm looking forward to this unreleased concert!
Elvos77 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2006report abuse
It's not that the picture is wrong, but they could do some real designing for a cover. Elvis also looks pale,and it's just a close up ,nothing else so some photoshopping could be done also, not to make him look thinner, but they could just put some color on his face! I also think it's not the definitive design..but the content will make up for the cover i guess! I will buy it anyway!
RJ (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2006report abuse
This is a great cover and I'll tell you why. It's a high quality, Feb'77, off stage candid. Personally, I think Elvis looks pretty cool. Most '77 jumpsuit photo's are not that great agree? But more importantly, read the statement of Keith: "I can remember one incident in Montgomery.. Elvis arrived at the garage of his hotel, he had just completed a concert in Orlando.. The car door opened, and Elvis walked straight towards me, heading for the elevator. The elevator door had not yet opened, and a crowd began to gather while Elvis and his group were forced to wait and face a dozen or so of us fans. Elvis talked and seemed very comfortable with the situation, while the security guys freaked out. I got in position and snapped my favorite candid of Elvis!" I certainly hope you guys appreciate this cover a little bit more, now you know the story behind it..
Jerry 79 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2006report abuse
I like it! We have so many concert photos on the covers. I think that the cover may be different on the release. FTD did change the art few times before...
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2006report abuse
Lex said it all! TCB to all.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2006report abuse
dear bajo, what's wrong with "that look in his eyes". i don't see a painful look, or a sad look (like i see for example on that shot taken in the car after a show in Elvis in Tour). I just see a charming smile. Nothing more, nothing less.
benny scott (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2006report abuse
Very well said Gabe !I couldn't agree more with you ! That's what it's all about : his musical legacy . There were good times and there were bad times. One has to take the good with the bad.Some guys ( hi Lex, nice language you use most of the time, if you know what I mean, but nevertheless greetings from Belgium ) seem to forget he was human. Always El !
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2006report abuse
The best I can say about this cover is that it is not an on stage photo. Other than that, the smile on his face can't take away that look in his eyes! But, then again it's a FTD cover, so let it be!
FLY-TROUBLE! (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2006report abuse
This is a great cover. He looks like in '74-'75. It's one of the best photos from '77. The content of the CD and the sound quality will be great,too. Thank you,FTD!!!
PaulFromFrance (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2006report abuse
Yurrrkkkkkkk ! Poor Elvis. Anyway, I guess the content is of the same quality. So...
David Brys (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2006report abuse
One of the best FTD-covers yet! Not only do I like it very much, but it creates a lot of black and white reactions. Either you love or you hate it... Nice!
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2006report abuse
I kind of like it. A rare, non-jumpsuited '70s Elvis album cover. Haven't we all seen this shot anyway? Why the shock? It's not 1957 anymore. It's 20 years later, in his last year of life on this planet. Have you folks seen him in '77? It doesn't really get much better. Besides, I agree with Gabe, who said it best: " Good cover, bad cover, what is the complaining about? This picture is from the period FTD is documenting this time. Elvis looked like this in that period and we all know that. It's part of his musical legacy and that's what it's all about, isn't it?"
MarkE (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2006report abuse
surely there must be better FEB 77 pics available ?
Paul Sweeney (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2006report abuse
The photo was taken on February 15, 1977 by Keith Alverson.
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2006report abuse
The photo doesn´t simply fit...sorry FTD.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2006report abuse
good photo. better than some other february 77 photo's. I like his look.
colnago (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2006report abuse
I think it's a good cover.He looks like a normal guy.Most pictures from the mid 70s show Elvis in a Jumpsuit.I'm looking forward to this release.I hope the sound quality is good and Elvis' voice is as good as it was in the CBS Special.Also I hope they leave in the band introductions,as I love the solos.
JK (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2006report abuse
It's not complaining. Just an opinion. And indeed the cover covers the '77 period, so everyvody satisfied.
Gabe (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2006report abuse
Good cover, bad cover, what is the complaining about. This picture is from the period FTD is documenting this time. Elvis looked like this in that period and we all know that. It's part of his musical legacy and that's what it's all about, isn't it?
JK (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2006report abuse
Actually, I like the cover. Elvis relaxed between the concerts in '77. He's looking good in this picture, a little naughty, unchained as you could say.
Elvos77 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2006report abuse
Terrible...at least TRY to make something of it...But why invest any time on a cover huh?
B_H (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2006report abuse
This was a real shock! I have seen sooo many nice, crisp clare pictured from this tour, i don't fancy this at all...
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2006report abuse
The picture is from february 1977 I think, so it's a good cover.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2006report abuse
Well, they have a couple of weeks to make up their mind, although it probably corresponds with the content of the CD :-).

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