The Audionics label is back with a new CD due for release March 2007. This new soundboard compilation is titled "Across The Country Vol. 2" and is the follow up to volume one which was released in the Summer of 2005. This album has a very similar concept and contains portions of four different soundboards from the 1975 - 1977 era.
This CD focuses on one of the five famous Huntsville, AL shows. This recording comes from the May 31, 1975 8:30 PM performance. Elvis was in great vocal condition and a good mood. The show contains many highlights including rocking versions of "Burning Love" and "T.R.O.U.B.L.E."; a rare 1975 performance of "I Can't Stop Loving You" and a haunting late rendition of "I'm Leavin' just to name a few. Unfortunately, as all other soundboards from May/June 1975 tour, this concert was not recorded in its entirety and the songs "C. C. Rider", "I Got A Woman/Amen", "Love Me", "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)" and "Love Me Tender" were not recorded. To compensate for this incompleteness, and to avoid the addition of previously released tracks (which is the common method of other labels), the producers decided to add material from 3 other unreleased soundboard recordings.
The complete Sweet Inspirations pre-program was recorded in Minneapolis, MN on October 17, 1976. The Sweets treat us to their "trade mark" song "Sweet Inspiration" and to a fine "Stevie Wonder" medley which was part of almost every 70s Elvis Presley Show.
Elvis played his very first 1976 concert in Johnson City on March 17. The soundboard of this show was recorded in binaural stereo with James Burton’s lead guitar separated to one track. Elvis was in fine voice and clearly excited to be on stage again with new musicians Shane Kiester and Larry Londin.
This CD closes with three tracks from February 15, 1977 in Orlando, FL. This show, also recorded binaurally, had Tony Brown’s piano separated to one track. With today’s techniques, Elvis vocal was enhanced and brought up as the original recording had Elvis’ vocal drowned deep in the mix. The result is surprisingly good!
This CD comes in a deluxe package with liner notes, a 16-page booklet and a collection of photographs taken in Huntsville on May 30 and 31, 1975 and additional shots from Johnson City March 17-19, 1976, and the October 1976 and February 1977 tours.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 17.10.1976 (approx. running time 14:34)
01. Sweet Inspiration - 02. Last Time I Saw Him - 03. Introductions of the band and the Sweet Inspirations - 04. Stevie Wonder Medley ("Stevie Is A Wonder" / For Once In My Life / You've Got It Bad Girl / Superstition / You Are The Sunshine Of My Life / Living For TheCity / All In Love Is Fair / Higher Ground) - 05. Closing Announcements.
Huntsville, Alabama, 31.05.1975 (8:30 P.M.) (approx. running time 49:52)
06. All Shook Up - 07. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 08. The Wonder Of You - 09. Burning Love - 10. Band Introductions - 11. Johnny B. Goode -12. Drums Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 13. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 14.Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin) - 15. School Day - 16. (**) I Can't Stop Loving You - 15. T.R.O.U.B.L.E. - 16. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 17. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 18. Why Me Lord - 19. An American Trilogy - 20.Hound Dog - 21. Funny How Time Slips Away - 22. Little Darlin' - 23.(**) I'm Leavin' - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp.
Johnson City, Tennessee, 17.03.1976 (approx. running time 05:22)
26. (*) What'd I Say - 27. (*) And I Love You So (with break)
Orlando, Florida, 15.02.1977 (approx. running time 09:23)
28. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 29. You Gave Me A Mountain - 30. Help Me
Total CD running time: 79:10
(*) denotes previously released tracks
(**) denotes binaural stereo recordings