The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on: 1/8/2019 12:30:00 PM

Lot #179: 1973 Concept Art Mock-up For Elvis Presley’s LP “The Fool Album” - Rejected for Good Reason!


In July 1973 RCA released an album simply titled Elvis that contained 10 tracks, including the first song on the album, “Fool,” followed by “Where Do I Go From Here?” The tracks on this million-selling 1973 release were recorded from March 1971 through the March 1972 in the RCA Studios in Los Angeles and included “Fool.” The same sessions produced “Burning Love,” “Always on My Mind” and “Where Do I Go From Here?” They were some of the most productive recording sessions of the period for Elvis. In order to differentiate this 1973 release from the iconic second LP release from 1956 also entitled Elvis, this 1973 album is often causally referred to as “The Fool album” based on the first track’s title. Offered is an incredible mock-up for an early preliminary album cover in which the title track appears prominently on the front and back under Elvis’ name. For obvious reasons, RCA scrapped this version while retaining most of the other design elements for the final version. This unusual hand-crafted mock-up cover, measuring 12 1/2 by 12 1/2 inches (31.75 x 31.75 cm), comes with final album cover and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The mock up displays areas of glue residue from aging and while the E and I have fully and partially (respectively) come unglued on the reverse, the overall visual effect of this hand created mock up remains impressive.
Final Bid (Includes Buyers Premium):$1,000
Minimum Bid:$500
Estimate:$1000 - $2000
Number of Bids:8