This was designed a while back to accompany the Star DVD release, which was basically an expanded edition of the 1977 CBS TV Special “Elvis In Concert”. Whilst the telecast has never seen an official DVD release, RCA did issue a soundtrack album back in 1977, but the photographs used for the album artwork were taken during earlier tours in 1975, 1974 and 1972 respectively.
In fact, no RCA record releases issued during Elvis lifetime featured any post 1975 photography. The reasoning behind this was to protect the image, but as the ’70’s progressed some of the images chosen for the official releases were not particularly flattering either, despite the fact that they had been taken on earlier tours, and I don’t think current images, if carefully chosen, would have been any less flattering in most cases.
So for this design, I decided to keep most of the elements of the original double album release, using images from the final tours, as despite the well documented problems, there were still some pretty decent shots taken during Elvis’ final year of performing.
Thanks to Steve Rogers from the From Elvis CD Collectors Only Forum for reminding me about these designs: