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America's Vol 2 vs You'll Never Walk Alone
by Henryk

America's Own, Vol. 2 (Claudia Record Company) [July 19 1975 (8:30 pm)]

  • an incomplete (see below) audience recording;
  • very good sound quality
  • 27 tracks in total;
  • the "Also Sprach Zarathustra" opening theme is missing;
  • introductions of Charlie Hodge and Voice are missing;
  • bits of dialog after "You'll Never Walk Alone" are missing;
  • pretty poor artwork (just a single double-sided card)

Running time: 71 min. 57 sec.

You'll Never Walk Alone (Straight Arrow) [July 19 1975 (8:30 pm)]

  • a more complete (but still incomplete) audience recording of very good audio quality;
  • the sound is improved (it's 'cleaner' and richer) when compared to "America's Own, Vol. 2"
  • 28 tracks in total ("Also Sprach Zarathustra" is no longer missing);
  • introductions of Charlie Hodge and Voice are still missing;
  • excellent artwork and design, with a 16-page booklet featuring many photographs from the show in question, a re-print of a 2007 review of the concert, plus basic July 1975 tour information.

Running time: 73 min. 44 sec.

Running time differences:

America's Own, Vol. 2
01. Opening Vamp 0 min. 58 sec.
02. See See Rider 3 min. 14 sec.
03. I Got A Woman / Amen 5 min. 22 sec.
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9 min. 34 sec.
...
22. You'll Never Walk Alone 2 min. 56 sec.
(incl. an edit - fade out/in & a 4 sec. silent gap)
 
You'll Never Walk Alone
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 1 min. 11 sec.
02. C. C. Rider 3 min. 46 sec.
03. I Got A Woman / Amen 5 min. 49 sec.
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10 min. 46 sec.
...
22. You'll Never Walk Alone 3 min. 24 sec.


General comments:

  • in the case of both CDs there's a slight edit after Glen D. Hardin's piano solo (several seconds are missing, tape side switch?) resulting in the absence of the Charlie Hodge and Voice introductions;
  • great show meaning great singing & playing and a very responsive audience;
  • features the only live version of "You'll Never Walk Alone," with Elvis at the piano;
  • John Wilkinson does not play a solo during the show;
  • Elvis's sense of humor goes a little over the top when, after mentioning that Bill Baize is "the kind of guy who's not ashamed to show affection in public," he introduces Kathy Westmoreland as the one who "will show affection anywhere."



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