"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)


"Absolute id crashed into absolute superego...as the uptightset man in America shook hands with just about the loosest."

(Mark Feeney on the 'Elvis meets Nixon' meeting)


"Elvis is everywhere"

(Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper)


"...especially in the South, they talk about Elvis and Jesus in the same breath"

(Michael Ventura, LA Weekly)








Across The Country Vol. 1


"Across The Country Vol. 1" CD release: The Audionics label will soon release a new live CD titled "Across The Country Vol. 1". This disc is a different concept compared to the label's three previous releases which consisted of complete concerts. "Across The Country Vol. 1" will contain parts of four different soundboards and an informative 12 page, color booklet.

From the press release:

Hartford, CT, July 28, 1976, Jackson, MS, September 5, 1976 and Pine Bluff, AR, September 8, 1976 - all previously unreleased. First generation copies of original soundboard tapes were used in all cases. Unfortunately, none of these concerts were recorded in their entirety by the sound engineer, but only parts. The tracks from the October 6th, 1974 evening show in Dayton, OH are a "bonus" and are taken from a significantly better sounding source compared to the previous release of this material 5 years ago.

Amongst the CD highlights are fine renditions of "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)", "Love Letters", "Hurt" (with a powerful reprise ending), a very funny "Happy Birthday" sung to Jackie Kahane's daughter, a dynamite "Mystery Train / Tiger Man", an unusual "Blue Christmas" that's coupled with an instrumental version of "Jingle Bells" (!), a truly stunning version of "How Great Thou Art", a pounding version of "Big Boss Man" and a rare 1978 interview with Jackie Kahane.

"Across The Country Vol. 1" is set for July 2005 release.


Hartford, Connecticut, 28.07.1976 (8:30 P.M.) (Approx. running time: 47:33)

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra

02. C. C. Rider

03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley)

04. Love Me

05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know)

06. You Gave Me A Mountain

07. Band Introductions

08. Early Mornin' Rain

09. Chickin'Pickin' / What'd I Say (medley)

10. Johnny B. Goode

11. Drums Solo (by Ronnie Tutt)

12. Bass Solo #1 (Blues - by Jerry Scheff)

13. Bass Solo #2 (Battle Of New Orleans - by Jerry Scheff)

14. Piano Solo (by Tony Brown)

15. Electric Piano Solo (by David Briggs)

16. Love Letters

17. School Day (Hail Hail Rock'n'Roll)

18. Happy Birthday (to "Kitten" Kahane, daughter of comedian Jackie Kahane)

19. Hurt (with last part reprise)

20. Hound Dog

21. Can't Help Falling In Love

22. Closing Vamp / Announcements

23. Jackie Kahane speaks out in Jim Neighbors TV show, 1978 (03:00)

Pine Bluff, Arkansas, 08.09.1976 (8:30 P.M.) (Approx. running time: 06:15)

24. My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me (sung by Kathy Westmoreland)

25. Mystery Train / Tiger Man (medley)

Jackson, Mississippi, 05.09.1976 (8:30 P.M.); (Approx. running time: 07:17)

26. Blue Christmas (Elvis on acoustic guitar)

27. Jingle Bells (instrumental, by the band)

28. How Great Thou Art

29. Monologue

30. Can't Help Falling In Love (incomplete)

Highlights from Dayton, Ohio, 06.10.1974 (8:30 P.M.) - (Approx. running time: 14:07)

31. Big Boss Man

32. The Wonder Of You

33. Lawdy Miss Clawdy

34. That's All Right, Mama (with false start, Elvis on acoustic guitar)

35. Hawaiian Wedding Song (with last part reprise)

36. Johnny B. Goode

Total CD running time: 77:53.

(News, Source: Elvis News/FECC)



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