|| *Sports commentator Harold Johnson and Elvis talk live on the
radio about the football game at the Liberty Bowl Stadium – August 9th 1975|
"Also Sprach Zarathustra", "See See Rider" and a large chunk of "I Got A Woman /
Amen" were not taped by the sound engineer.
After the release of two essential new soundboard albums in a row (Houston We
Have A Problem and The Creeping Crud Express) Audionics is now back with the
third soundboard release of the year. This time the producers selected the
Tuscaloosa show from June 3rd 1975, which was previously released on the King
label as Deep Down South in 1997. This new release was taken from a different,
superior quality tape source which was obtained at the same time as the
previously mentioned unreleased soundboards.
Elvis’ show in Tuscaloosa is a real fun concert that is a delight to listen to.
His singing is excellent, he’s in a good mood and he clearly loves the interplay
with his fans. His setlist during the June 1975 tour was a rather strong one,
with a solid mix of classics and more recent numbers. Most of these were
performed really well too, and even the oldies were treated with a bit more
respect than usual. Keen observers will note that he dropped the tempo a notch
or two on songs like All Shook Up and Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel. The King was
truly back, and he really rocked Tuscaloosa with great dynamic performances like
Burning Love, Mystery Train / Tiger Man and, just for tonight, a gorgeous Bridge
Over Troubled Water.
This CD is presented in beautifully designed deluxe digi-pak with relevant liner
notes and a couple of rare photos as taken on the night. Due to the lack of
quality photographs from Tuscaloosa, we also used a few photos from the
Huntsville, AL, May 31st 8:30 pm show. Elvis only wore the Red Eagle (or Red
Phoenix) jumpsuit on these two nights.
We know what you want to ask now…. ‘Is this really a significant sound
upgrade?’, and to that we can only answer wholeheartedly, yes! Firstly, because
we were able to work from a superior tape source, and secondly, because the
sonic improvement of soundboard tapes has made real quantum leaps since 1997. We
are very proud of the sound that we got out of this new tape source. And while
we can’t “go back and touch the past”, this great new Audionics release is the
next best thing to actually being there that special night in Tuscaloosa.
Note: Audionics is planning a special release before the end of this year, with
more previously unissued material. While the other import guys appear to be in
hybernation, we are only just warming up! You can always count on Audionics to
deliver the goods.