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March 21 1961
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(SFS = Short False Start | FS = False Start | LFS or BD (Breakdown) = Long False Start | PB (Playback) or Complete = Complete Take)

Radio Recorders Studio B - Hollywood, California
Soundtrack Session for Paramount's 'Blue Hawaii'
Paramount Producer : Joseph Lilley
Engineer : Thorne Nogar
(1.00pm - 11.50pm)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar: Hank Garland The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Ray
Guitar: Scotty Moore Walker
Guitar: Hilmer J 'Tiny' Timbrell The Surfers: Pat Sylva; Bernie Ching; Clay Naluai; Al Naluai
Bass: Bob Moore  
Drums: D.J. Fontana  
Drums: Hal Blaine  
Drums: Bernie Mattinson  
Piano / Celeste: Dudley Brooks  
Piano: Floyd Cramer  
Harmonica: George Fields  
Saxophone: Homer 'Boots' Randolph  
Ukulele: Bernie Lewis  
Ukulele: Fred Tavares  
Steel Guitar: Alvino Rey  

Hawaiian Sunset
M2PB 2994
AO March 21 1961 (Tue)
Take 1 Complete 2:46   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°°
~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 2 Complete 3:06   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°+Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°°
~Blue Hawaii Box° (Count-In)
Take 3 Complete 3:02   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Close Up 2°°+Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Vol. 1
(TCB-LP)°°~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 4     (Used for Spliced Master)  
Take 5        
Take 6 FS 0:14   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°
Take 7     (Used for Spliced Master)  
         
Spliced M 2:31 (Spliced from Takes 4 & 7) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 7 (Sony)°°~Elvis In Hawaii (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 21)°°~Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°
~Blue Hawaii (BMG '97)°°

Aloha Oe (Section 2)
BO March 21 1961 (Tue)
Take 1 Complete 1:18   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°+Close Up 2°°+Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Vol. 1
(TCB-LP)°°~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 2 Complete 1:00   Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°°~Blue Hawaii - The
Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 3 Complete 1:00   Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°°~Blue Hawaii - The
Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 4 FS 0:13   Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°°~Blue Hawaii - The
Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 5     (Used for Spliced Master) Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album
(MRS)°° (Spliced with Take 7 - Different to Master)
Take 6 Complete 1:31   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°+Tape°°~Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate
Album (MRS)°° (Listed as Take 5)~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 1
(TCB-LP)°°~Blue Hawaii Box° (Count-In)
Take 7     (Used for Spliced Master) Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album
(MRS)°° (Spliced with Take 5 - Different to Master)
         
Spliced (M) 0:47 (Spliced from Takes 7 & 5)
(Used for Composite Master)
Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~(BMG '97)°°~Blue Hawaii - The
Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°

Ku-U-I-Po
M2PB 2991
CO March 21 1961 (Tue)
Take 1 Complete 2:45   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~A Legendary Performer Vol. 8°+Tape°~Blue Hawaii
Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°~Blue Hawaii Box° (Extra Dialogue)
Take 2 LFS 1:31   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°+Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°
~Blue Hawaii Box° (Extra Dialogue)
Take 3     (Possibly not called / slated)  
Take 4 FS 0:12   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°
~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 5 Complete 2:34   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°
~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 6 FS 0:30   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°+Close Up 2°°~Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Vol. 1
(TCB-LP)°~Blue Hawaii Box° (Count-In)
Take 7 Complete 2:31   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Close Up 2°°~Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Vol. 1
(TCB-LP)°~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 8 LFS 1:11   Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°~Blue Hawaii Box°
~Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°
Take 9 M 2:35 (Movie Version overdubbed on
March 28
?)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 7 (Sony)°°~Elvis In Hawaii (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 21)°°~Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°
~Blue Hawaii (BMG '97)°°+Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Vol. 1 (TCB-LP)°
~Blue Hawaii Box°~Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°
(Count-In)

No More
DO March 21 1961 (Tue)
Take 1 FS
0:37   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°
~Blue Hawaii Box°~Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°
Take 2 LFS 1:32   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°+Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°
~Blue Hawaii Box° (Extra Dialogue)
Take 3 LFS 1:37   Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°~Blue Hawaii Box°
~Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°
Take 4 LFS 1:56   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°+Tape°~In My Way (LP)°~Blue Hawaii Sessions
Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°~Blue Hawaii Box° (Count-In)
Take 5 LFS 0:45   Blue Hawaii (BMG '97)°° (Dialogue at end only)+Tape°~Blue Hawaii
Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 6        
Take 7 Complete 2:35   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Blue Hawaii (BMG '97)°°~Tape°~Blue Hawaii
Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 8 Complete 2:39   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°+Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Vol. 1 (TCB-LP)°~Blue
Hawaii Box° (Extra Dialogue)
Take 9 Complete 2:35   Elvis For Everyone (FTD)°°~Tape°~A Legendary Performer Volume 5°
~Blue Hawaii Sessions Vol. 1 (TCB-LP)°~Blue Hawaii - The Expanded
Alternate Album (MRS)°~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 10        
Take 11 Complete 2:33   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°° (Count-In)~Close Up 2°°
Take 12        
Take 13 (M)   (Used for Composite Master)  

No More (Insert Ending)
DO1 March 21 1961 (Tue)
Take 14     (Take numbering continued)  
Take 15 Complete 0:42   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°
Take 16 (M)   (Used for Composite Master)  

No More (Composite)
M2PB 2987
   
Spliced M 2:22 (Composite of Take 13 &
Insert Ending - Take 16)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 7 (Sony)°°~Elvis In Hawaii (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 21)°°~Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°
~Blue Hawaii (BMG '97)°°

Slicin' Sand
M2PB 2993
EO March 21 1961 (Tue)
Take 1 FS
0:49 "Ciao Ciao, Bambina"
Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS 0:24   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 1:45   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°
Take 4 Complete 1:44   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°° (Count-In)+Blue Hawaii (BMG '97)°° (With 1 liner
from Take 8)
Take 5 FS 0:25   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°
Take 6 LFS 1:29   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°+Close Up 2°° (Extra Dialogue)
Take 7 Complete 1:39   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Close Up 2°°
Take 8 LFS 1:16 "I Had A Dream" Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°
Take 9        
Take 10 Complete 1:29   Elvis For Everyone (FTD)°°
Take 11        
Take 12        
Take 13 FS 0:27   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°
Take 14 Complete 1:31   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°
Take 15 FS 1:16 "There's Always Me" Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°+Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°
~Blue Hawaii Box°~Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°
(Extra Dialogue)
Take 16 FS 0:18   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°+Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°
~Blue Hawaii Box°~Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°
(Extra Dialogue)
Take 17 Complete 1:42   Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°~Blue Hawaii Box°
~Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°
Take 18 FS 0:12   Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 1 (TCB-LP)°~Blue Hawaii Box°
~Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°
Take 19 M 1:40   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 7 (Sony)°°~Elvis In Hawaii (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 21)°°~Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°
~Blue Hawaii (BMG '97)°°+Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Vol. 1 (TCB-LP)°
~Blue Hawaii Box°~Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°
(Count-In)

Notes

Elvis can be heard singing a few lines of 'I Had A Dream' before Take 4 of Slicin' Sand on the 1997 Collectors Edition of 'Blue Hawaii' - This is actually edited in from after take 8.

On FTD's 'Classic Album' edition of 'Blue Hawaii' all outtakes and masters have had the left and right channels corrected as opposed to other releases of this material, where they were reversed (i.e. 'Japanese 24 Bit', 'BMG '97 Collectors Edition', 'Today, Tomorrow & Forever' & 'Close Up').

Sources for this session are the 4 TCB LP's 'Blue Hawaii/The Complete Session' (TCB 21-23-3-61) and the Laurel 3-LP 'Blue Hawaii Box' (BPM 501-A). The latter is not as complete and seems to be slightly noise reduced and compressed. The TCB LP's have more noise and some pitch problems (>4% too fast), but it is the most complete collection and even has some takes in stereo.

Although not listed as a source, the Memphis Recording Service release 'Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate album' contains the usual masters in stereo but with the count-in (mostly in mono) edited in before the masters.

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 Josee Brus and Henk Muller for help with identifying the one-liners sung during these sessions.

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