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April 27 1960
(+ means you need both    ~ means same material    °° means stereo or binaural    ° means mono)
(SFS = Short False Start | FS = False Start | LFS or BD (Breakdown) = Long False Start | PB (Playback) or Complete = Complete Take)

RCA Studios - Hollywood, California
Soundtrack Session for Paramount's 'G.I. Blues'
Paramount Producer : Joseph Lilley
Engineer : Al Schmitt
(9.00am - 2.00pm / 3.00pm - 8.00pm)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar: Elvis Presley (BO - Shoppin' Around) The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Ray
Guitar: Scotty Moore Walker
Guitar: Neal Matthews  
Mandolin / Guitar: Hilmer J. 'Tiny' Timbrell  
Bass & Tuba: Ray Siegel  
Drums: D.J. Fontana  
Drums: Frank Bode  
Piano: Dudley Brooks  
Accordion: Jimmie Haskell  
Tambourine: Hoyt Hawkins  

Shoppin' Around (Instrumental)
AO April 27 1960 (Wed)
Take 1 FS 0:25 Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1°
Take 2 FS 0:33 Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1°
Take 3 M 1:40 (Removed from tape) Soundtrack° (1:07)+Acetate°
Take 4 Complete 1:55 GI Blues Volume 1 (FTD)°~GI Blues Anniversary Edition 2°~La Legende
- GI Blues° (BMG France)+Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1° (Count-in)

Shoppin' Around
WPA5 2542
BO April 27 1960 (Wed)
Take 1 Complete 2:37   GI Blues Volume 1 (FTD)°°~Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°
Take 2 FS 1:00   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°+Elvis Aron Presley 2°° (Few seconds only)
Take 3 FS 0:55 (KPA5 9561) Elvis Aron Presley 2°°+GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 1°°
(Count-in)
Take 4 LFS 2:02   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°
Take 5 Complete 2:59 (KPA5 9561) Elvis Aron Presley 2°°+GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1°°
(Count-in)
Take 6 FS 0:24   GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°~GI Blues Anniversary Edition - 2°°
Take 7 FS 0:29   GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°~GI Blues Anniversary Edition - 2°°
Take 8 FS 0:26 (Announced as take 7 by mistake) GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°
Take 9 LFS 1:11   GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Bilko's Gold
Cuts°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1°°~GI Blues Anniversary Edition 2°°
Take 10 Complete 2:28   GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Bilko's Gold
Cuts°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1°°~GI Blues Anniversary Edition 2°°
Take 11 M 2:30 (Not Used) GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~GI Blues (BMG '97)°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 1
(MRS)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1°° (Count-in)

Shoppin' Around (Finale)
BO April 27 1960 (Wed)
Take 12     (Faster Tempo - Take No. Cont.) (Removed from tape or erased)
Take 13       (Removed from tape or erased)
Take 14 M 2:14 (Not Used) (Removed from tape
or erased) (Re-Recorded on May 6)
GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)° (Acetate)

Didja' Ever
L2PB 3686
CO April 27 1960 (Wed)
Take 1 Complete 3:08   GI Blues (BMG '97)°°+GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 1°°
(Count-in)
Take 2 M 2:54   GI Blues (Original 1960 Pressing)°°~GI Blues (BMG '97)°°~La Legende
- GI Blues (BMG France)°°~From Memphis To Hollywood (FTD)° (2:37)
+GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)°° (Count-In)
         
Spliced M 2:37 (Spliced from Takes 1 (Intro) & 2) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 5 (Sony)°°~Soldier Boy (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 15)°°~GI Blues Volume 1 (FTD)°°~GI Blues
(Remastered Soundtrack)°°~GI Blues (24 Bit)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1
(MRS)°°

Didja' Ever (Movie Version)
CTD-1  
Overdub (M) 3:13 (Take 2 with overdubbed
instruments & backing vocals)
GI Blues - The Alternative Album Version (MRS)° (2:42) +Soundtrack°

Doin' The Best I Can
L2PB 3688
DO April 27 1960 (Wed)
Take 1 FS 0:26   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°
Take 2 LFS 1:21   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°
Take 3 Complete 3:37   Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°°+GI Blues Volume 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°~GI Blues Anniversary Edition - 2°° (Count-in)
Take 4 FS 0:24   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°
Take 5 FS 0:27   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°
Take 6 FS 0:08   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°
Take 7 LFS 1:36   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°
Take 8 FS 0:14   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°
Take 9 Complete 3:29 (MPA5 9152) GI Blues (BMG '97)°°~Rare Elvis Volume 3°°~GI Blues Anniversary
Edition°°+GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1°° (Count-in)
Take 10 FS 1:03   GI Blues Volume 2 (FTD)°°~Close Up 2°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1°°
Take 11 FS 0:17   GI Blues Volume 2 (FTD)°°~Close Up 2°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1°°
Take 12 Complete 3:36   GI Blues Volume 2 (FTD)°°~Close Up 2°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1°°
Take 13 M 3:25   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 5 (Sony)°°~Soldier Boy (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 15)°°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 2
(Legacy)°°~GI Blues Vol 1 (FTD)°°~GI Blues (Remastered Soundtrack)°°
~GI Blues (24 Bit)°°~(BMG '97)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°
~La Legende - GI Blues (BMG France)°°~Command Performances°°
~From Memphis To Hollywood (FTD)°+GI Blues Volume 2 (FTD)°°~Cafe
Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1°° (Count-in)

Doin' The Best I Can (Movie Version)
DTD-1  
Overdub (M) 2:11 (Edited) Soundtrack°

G.I. Blues
EO April 27 1960 (Wed)
Take 1 Complete 3:02   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1°°~Collectors Gold 1°°
Take 2 LFS 1:16   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°
Take 3 LFS 1:59   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°
Take 4 FS 0:49 "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"
GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°~GI Blues Anniversary Edition°°
Take 5 Complete 2:53   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Today, Tomorrow & Forever 2°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°~GI Blues Anniversary Edition°°
Take 6 Complete 2:58   GI Blues Volume 2 (FTD)°°~Close Up 2°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 1°°
Take 7 Complete 3:11 (Used for Composite Master)
(MPA5 9150)
GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~La Legende
- GI Blues (BMG France)°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 1°° (Count-in)
~Rare Elvis Volume 3°°

G.I. Blues (Pickup)
EO April 27 1960 (Wed)
Take 8 FS 0:29 (Take Numbering Continued) GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°
Take 9 Complete 0:51   GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°
Take 10 Complete 0:39 (Used for Composite Master) GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°

G.I. Blues (Composite)
L2PB 3682
   
Spliced M 2:36 (Composite of Take 7 &
Pickup Take 10)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 5 (Sony)°°~Soldier Boy (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 15)°°~GI Blues (Remastered Soundtrack)°°
~GI Blues Volume 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Command
Perf's°°~From Memphis To Hollywood (FTD)°+GI Blues (BMG '97)°°
~GI Blues (24 Bit)°° (Different Splice)

G.I. Blues (Movie Version)
ETD-1  
Overdub (M) 2:29 (Overdubbed Horns) Soundtrack°

Tonight Is So Right For Love
FO April 27 1960 (Wed)
Take 1 FS 0:31   GI Blues Volume 1 (FTD)°°~Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°
Take 2 Complete 2:38   GI Blues Volume 1 (FTD)°°~Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°
Take 3 Complete 2:52   GI Blues Volume 1 (FTD)°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 1°°~Platinum 2 °°
~GI Blues Anniversary Edition 2°°
Take 4 Complete 2:35   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°
Take 5 LFS 2:22   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°° (Count-in)
Take 6 LFS 1:22   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 1°°
Take 7 Complete 2:36 (Continued later) GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°° (Count-in)

What's She Really Like
GO April 27 1960 (Wed)
Take 1 FS 0:22   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°
Take 2 FS 0:27   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°
Take 3 LFS 2:43   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°
Take 4 FS 0:43   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 1 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°
Take 5 Complete 2:39 (Continued later) GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 2 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°~A Legendary Performer Volume 8°°

Frankfort Special (Fast Tempo)
WPA5 2543
HO April 27 1960 (Wed)
Take 1 LFS 1:21   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 2 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°
Take 2 Complete 2:41   GI Blues Volume 1 (FTD)°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 2°°~La Legende - GI
Blues (BMG France)°°~GI Blues (BMG '97)°°
Take 3 LFS 1:14 "It's All In The Game" GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 2 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°~GI Blues Anniversary Edition 2°°
Take 4 LFS 0:52   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 2 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°~GI Blues Anniversary Edition 2°°
Take 5 LFS 2:14   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 2 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°
Take 6 FS 0:22   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 2 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°
Take 7 Complete 2:48   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 2 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°~GI Blues Anniversary Edition 2°°
Take 8 Complete 2:36   GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 2 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°
Take 9 LFS 1:00   GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 2 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°
Take 10 FS 0:18   GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 2 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°
Take 11 FS 0:16   GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 2 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°
Take 12 FS 0:33   GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 2 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°
Take 13 M 2:33 (Not Used) (HPA5 6334)
(Re-Recorded on May 6)
GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°° (Listed as Take 12)~Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°°
~A Legendary Performer Volume 3°°+Cafe Europa Sessions 2 (MRS)°°
~Cafe Europa Sessions 2°° (Count-in)

Tonight Is So Right For Love
L2PB 3678
FO April 27 1960 (Wed)
Take 8 Complete 2:33 (Continued) GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 2 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°
Take 9 Complete 2:37   GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 2 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°
Take 10 LFS 1:56   GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 2 (MRS)°°~Cafe Europa
Sessions 2°°
Take 11 M 2:25   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 5 (Sony)°°~Soldier Boy (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 15)°°~GI Blues (Remastered Soundtrack)°°
~GI Blues Vol. 1 (FTD)°°~GI Blues (24 Bit)°°~(BMG '97)°°~Cafe Europa
Sess. 1 (MRS)°°~La Legende - GI Blues (BMG France)°°~From Memphis
To Hollywood (FTD)°+GI Blues Vol. 2 (FTD)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 2
(MRS)°°~Cafe Europa Sessions 2°° (Count-in)

Tonight Is So Right For Love (Movie Version)
FTD-1  
Overdub (M) 2:15 (Overdubbed instruments & backing vocals) GI Blues - The Alternative Album Version (MRS)° (2:42)~Soundtrack°

Notes

The instrumental of Shoppin' Around (AO) was recorded on one channel of the 3-Track tape (Mono) for soundtrack purposes only, and the master (Take 3) must have been removed from the session tapes.

Take 3 of Shoppin' Around on 'Elvis Aron Presley' also contains a few seconds from Take 2 as follows:-
0:00-0:15 = Take 3
0:15-0:22 = Take 2
0:00-0:15 = Take 3

Takes 12, 13 and 14 of BO - Shoppin' Around (Finale) must also have been removed (or erased) from the session tapes as all that now exists of the master of this version (BO Take 14) is an acetate which appeared on FTD's 'Cafe Europa - G.I. Blues Vol. 2'.

The original LP master of Didja Ever from 1960 is Take 2 only (with prominent "Tuba" intro) and this is the same as the movie version. International versions (such as UK, Germany, etc.) also had Take 2.
At some point however in October 1960, RCA replaced the album master with a spliced version, which had the intro from Take 1 (with less "Tuba") and the rest from Take 2.
A strange scenario exists however, where some 1960 US pressings of the 'G.I. Blues' album contain the spliced master and some contain just the complete Take 2 as the master. The same scenario exists where some 1964 US pressings also contain the two different masters. So it appears that some US pressing plants in 1964 were still using the original pre-October 1960 LP master tape with the complete Take 2 on it, and some were using the spliced master. I personally think the different pressing plants were just using what they had, not even realising there was a difference.
The original master as such is lost - or can’t be located, so all non-remixed US sourced re-releases since the mid-sixties are using the spliced replacement.
International re-pressings kept using the only master tape copy they had, with Take 2 of Didja Ever, however, in the US the replaced master was used instead.
Masters on FTD's 'G.I. Blues Volume 1' are from the stereo album master tape and has the spliced Didja Ever. The same goes for earlier RCA/BMG/Sony CD releases that weren’t remixed (Complete Masters, Sony, first BMG CD etc...). The 1997 BMG CD had Take 2, since it didn’t use the master tape, but a remixed version from the original tapes.

The master of G.I. Blues was spliced at 2:23 instead of at 2:18 on the 1997 BMG 'GI Blues' CD and the 24-Bit Japanese Paper Sleeve CD.

Take 2 of Frankfort Special from the May 6 session was listed on 'A Legendary Performer Volume 3' when it was actually Take 13 from this session that was used. 'Sessions III' also incorrectly lists Take 2 as being released on 'A Legendary Performer Volume 3'.

Frankfort Special (Version 1, Take 12) is listed on FTD's first Classic Album volume of 'G.I. Blues' but it is Take 13 that actually appears.

The verse of What's She Really Like heard in the movie was recorded on the movie set.

Most of these sessions are available on the UK based 'Memphis Recording Service' official release 'GI Blues - The Cafe Europa Sessions'. Due to public domain copyright issues, this set does not contain tracks officially released by RCA in the last 50 years, although take 7 of G.I. Blues was released on RCA's 'Rare Elvis Volume 3' and take 13 of Frankfort Special was released on FTD's 'Silver Screen Stereo'.

FTD's Classic Album releases of 'G.I. Blues' are undoubtedly the best source for these sessions, although edited.

In March of 2007, Sony decided to go through all of Elvis' masters. They retransferred everything and remastered all tracks including repairing as many clicks, pops, bad edits and dropouts as they could. They have used these newly mastered recordings on their new releases since 2007 including budget soundtracks, 'Legacy' releases, the 30 disc 'Complete Elvis Presley Masters' collection and the Franklin Mint package.

Thanks to Cayetano Chaves Prian for comparison samples on the different pressings of the 'G.I. Blues' albums and which version of Didja Ever appeared on them.

Session Logs
Acetates
April 27 1960
GI Blues
Recording Information
G.I. Blues (April / May 1960)
G.I. Blues
Movie Musical Sequence
G.I. Blues (December 30 1960)
Movie Musical Sequence (Thanks to David English)

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