When On Stage was released, it was another story. Elvis was still famous of course, but this was the first album cover showing his new style, clad in a stage costume that was the forerunner to the jumpsuits used in later years, and with his hair down. Like my brother wrote in a comment to my post dealing with the On Stage classic album from FTD, “I bet some people didn't recognize him back then, just looking at the cover.”
And speaking of the FTD version of On Stage, in the accompanying booklet, two pages display documents such as memos, letters and notes dealing with the layout and production of the cover. There's a lot of instructions about the position of the picture and what colors to use, but unfortunately, nowhere is there a clue to as why Elvis name was left out.
This post could have ended right here, but my curiosity aroused, I decided to check out if any of the albums released from 1978 onwards lacked Elvis name on them. And sure enough, there were a couple where Elvis name had been left out:
- Reconsider Baby (1985)
- The Alternate Aloha (1988)
- Tiger Man (1998)
- Memories: The '68 Comeback Special (1998)
- Suspicious Minds – The Memphis 1969 Anthology (1999)
- Burbank '68 (1999)
The first two titles, Reconsider Baby and The Alternate Aloha, didn't even include the title on the cover. As both album covers have artistical ambitions, maybe the words were left out as to not spoil the visual experience.
As for the rest of the list, it's a bit funny that three out of four include performances from the '68 Comeback Special. A coincidence? Only Ernst Jorgensen or Roger Semon can tell. Maybe they were aiming for a Grammy?!