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Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection album art

Contributed by Riccardo Sartori on Apr 8th, 2020. Artwork published in .
    Front cover.
    Source: https://www.45worlds.com Scan: kab2112 / 45worlds. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Front cover.

    Tumbleweed Connection is the third studio album by Elton John, released in October 1970 in the United Kingdom by DJM and January 1971 in the United States by UNI. It is a concept album based on country and western/Americana themes. The sleeve design is by David Larkham, Elton John’s long-time art director.

    The title is set in all-caps Plymouth, alternating the weathered and non-weathered variants of the letters. The gatefold cover comes with an illustrated twelve–page booklet with lyrics and extended credits, set in tightly spaced Poor Richard. A selection of pages is shown below. See more images on 45worlds.

    Track list.
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    Track list.

    Song credits.
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    Song credits.

    Lyrics for “Ballad of a Well-known Gun” and “Son of Your Father”.
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    Lyrics for “Ballad of a Well-known Gun” and “Son of Your Father”.

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    Lyrics for “Burn Down the Mission”.
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    Lyrics for “Burn Down the Mission”.

    Personnel portraits.
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    Personnel portraits.

    From Wikipedia:

    The wraparound cover photo for the album was taken at Horsted Keynes railway station, approximately 30 miles south of London on the Bluebell Railway in the county of Sussex. Photographer Ian Digby Ovens captured John (seated to the right in the photo but appearing to the left on the front cover, shown above) and [song-writer Bernie] Taupin (standing to the left, on the back cover) in front of the late-nineteenth-century station to represent the album’s rural Americana concept, despite the English location.

    Back cover.
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    Back cover.

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