Originally released in 1970, David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ has been issued in at least three different cover designs. Purists would probably choose the 1970 UK Mercury original pressing as the best of the bunch, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the later RCA re-issue, which cashed in on the success of ‘Ziggy Stardust’ with two black and white shots from the same era.
Recently, I came across some colour photographs of David in the same outfit, and decided to make an alternate version of the RCA design in colour. Upon completing the design, I switched back to black and white, and couldn’t decide which one I actually preferred, so I have decided to present both of them and let you decide for yourselves.
A few weeks ago I was asked to produce artwork for a forthcoming David Essex project.
A preview of the final artwork, albeit in reduced quality, (for obvious reasons) is below.
This was fun to do, and brought back childhood memories of watching Top of the Pops back in the mid ’70’s. If you haven’t seen the films “That’ll Be The Day” & “Stardust” either, they are well worth checking out.
This project started last October, with the idea to create an alternative cover for Elvis’ classic 1969 release “From Elvis In Memphis”. As is normally the case, with input and ideas from other fans the project soon grew, and before long there were multiple designs for both “From Elvis In Memphis” and its follow up album “Back In Memphis” in progress as the months passed.
I will be putting the individual covers up for download in the coming weeks, but firstly I wanted to present them in a portfolio, with a little background information on how the project evolved, and how this was influenced by the decisions RCA made with Elvis’ album releases back in the 1969 – 70 period.
Hope you enjoy the designs and the story behind them. David Parker / Rebel Designs.
In celebration of getting my tickets to the Oswaldtwistle gig in November, here’s another Wah design: