Autumn Gold

Audionics will release new 2-CD set in early August: "AUTUMN GOLD." It will include the complete South Bend, Indiana show from October 1st, 1974 and a generous chunk of the famous August 16, 1974 RCA Hollywood rehearsal in a totally different sound - binaural stereo, as it was originally recorded. The South Bend date was originally issued in 2003 by Follow That Dream, but "Killing Me Softly With His Song" and some stage dialogue were omitted, and the closing vamp was clipped.

Though Elvis’ personal problems were affecting some of his shows around this time, he seemed to be in fine fettle in South Bend. Overall, this show presents a solid and pleasing performance by Elvis, and though it has been released before, we can now enjoy a more complete and -- most importantly - sonically superior recording of this concert!

The August 16, 1974 rehearsal surfaced on bootleg compact disc in 1995, then officially fourteen years later on Follow That Dream. For the first time, Audionics presents these songs as originally recorded, in binaural stereo; and the sound is better than ever before. Unfortunately, the entire tape is unavailable, but all the essential performances are here. It is a real pleasure to listen tracks like "Softly As I Leave You" and "Twelfth Of Never" in binaural form.

"AUTUMN GOLD" is presented in a great-looking 2-disc digipak with a 20-page booklet filled with photographs taken that night in South Bend and at additional live shows and candids from March, August and October 1974.

All these recordings have been carefully engineered to be presented in the best possible sound.

Tracks:

CD 1 / Tuesday, October 1, 1974: University of Notre Dame, Evening Show

01. C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. It's Midnight - 05. Big Boss Man - 06. Fever - 07. Love Me Tender - 08. Hound Dog - 09. Heartbreak Hotel - 10. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 11. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 12. Introduction of vocalists, musicians - 13. Guitar Solo (James Burton) - 14. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 15. Bass Solo (Duke Bardwell) - 16. Introduction of orchestra - 17. Orchestra Solo (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 18. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - 19. All Shook Up - 20. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 21. Killing Me Softly with His Song (Voice) - 22. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 23. It's Now Or Never - 24. You Gave Me A Mountain - 25. Johnny B. Goode - 26. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 27. Steamroller Blues - 28. Can't Help Falling In Love - 29. Closing Vamp, Announcements (Al Dvorin).

CD 2 / Friday, August 16, 1974: RCA Hollywood
01. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 02. Promised Land - 03. Down In The Alley - 04. It's Midnight - 05. Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming - 06. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - 07. Softly As I Leave You - 08. I'm Leavin' - 09. Proud Mary - 10. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 11. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #2 - 12. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #3 - 13. Twelfth Of Never - 14. Faded Love - 15. Just Pretend.

Source: For CD Collectors Only / Updated: Jul 26, 2012 
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Biffx (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 26, 2012report abuse
Fair play if edits are made for légal reasons no excuse otherwise the concerts should be left as Elvis intended them to be. I am not ashamed to admit i am à huge fan of the FTD label and enjoy their output but if Autumn Gold is indeed better sound and more complete i know where my money maybe spent this time around.
benny scott (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 26, 2012report abuse
Just a remark : Killing Me Softly.. was performed by Voice, not by Elvis, that could be the reason why this song was cut out on the FTD release. Always El.
Biffx (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 26, 2012report abuse
Blackdiamond thank you artwork does look far better think i am really tempted by this one. I never knew the FTD was incomplete on this one either. I do try to collect all the follow that dreams but have à feeling Audionics may just find its way to my shelf.
blackdiamond (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 26, 2012report abuse
Although I have the south bend show on FTD (Dragonheart), I think i'll buy this one if i can get my hands on. Hopefully the sound will be better than the ftd release, although that one isn't too bad. But obviously it is a shame to learn that FTD has edited the Dragon Heart release by cutting out "Killing Me Softly" (legal reasons maybe?) and some dialogue by Elvis. That's a shame, because that is why people still buying bootlegs! Ernst, please don't edit FTD soundboards anymore (if this is possible i mean due to legal problems) if you want to beat the bootleggers. But the second reason to buy the Audionics release is the BEAUTIFUL artwork! FTD can learn from the bootleggers, anyway that's my opinion.
Biffx (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 26, 2012report abuse
This show is on my list to purchase. Do you buy this one from Audionics or go with the FTD version? I had heard that soundboards cant be altered to much So is the sound on this Audionics likley to be that much more improved ovet the FTD ? Please help So i can make the right choice thanks

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