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March 23 1961
(+ 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)

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

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  

Aloha Oe (Section 1 - The Surfers)
BO March 23 1961 (Thur: 9.00am - 12.00pm)
Take 1
Take 2
Take 3
Take 4 (M) 1:06 (Used for Composite Master) Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Blue Hawaii (24 Bit)°°~Blue Hawaii (BMG '97)°°

Aloha Oe (Composite)
M2PB 2986
   
Spliced M 1:53 (Spliced from BO 'Section 1' Take 4
and BO 'Section 2' Takes 7 & 5)
Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 7 (Sony)°°~Elvis In Hawaii (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 21)°°~Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°
~Blue Hawaii (BMG '97)°°

Hawaiian Sunset (Instrumental)
PO March 23 1961 (Thur: 9.00am - 12.00pm)
Take NA (M) 0:59+ Soundtrack°

Hawaiian Shave & A Hair Cut Guide (The Surfers)
QO March 23 1961 (Thur: 9.00am - 12.00pm)
Take NA (M) 1:50+ Soundtrack° (0:34)+Soundtrack° (1:17)

Can't Help Falling In Love
RO March 23 1961 (Thur: 1.00pm - 5.22pm)
Take 1 FS
0:26 (Movie Version) Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°°~Blue Hawaii -
The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 2 FS 0:25   Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°°~Blue Hawaii -
The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 3 FS 0:19   Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°°~Blue Hawaii -
The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 4 FS 0:36   Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°°~Blue Hawaii -
The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 5 LFS 2:08   Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°°~Blue Hawaii -
The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 6 FS 0:32   Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°°~Blue Hawaii -
The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 7 FS 1:06   Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°°~Blue Hawaii -
The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 8 LFS 1:40   Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°°~Blue Hawaii -
The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 9 Complete 2:18   Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°°~Blue Hawaii -
The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 10 FS 0:24   Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°°~Blue Hawaii -
The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°
Take 11 FS 0:24   Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°°~Blue Hawaii -
The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°
Take 12 FS 0:56   Tape°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°°~Blue Hawaii -
The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°
Take 13 Complete 2:36   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Tape°°~Alternate Gold Award Hits Volume 3°°
~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°
Take 14 FS 0:53   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Close Up 2°°+Tape°°~Alternate Gold Award Hits
Volume 3°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°
Take 15 FS 0:17   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Close Up 2°°+Tape°°~Alternate Gold Award Hits
Volume 3°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°
Take 16 Complete
2:03   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Close Up 2°°+Tape°°~Alternate Gold Award Hits
Volume 3°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)° (Count-In)
Take 17 FS 0:27   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Tape°°~Alternate Gold Award Hits Volume 3°°
~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°
Take 18 FS 0:23   Tape°°~Alternate Gold Award Hits Volume 3°°~Blue Hawaii - The
Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4
(TCB-LP)°
Take 19 FS 0:19   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°+Tape°°~Alternate Gold Award Hits Volume 3°°
~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)° (Extra Dialogue)
Take 20 FS 0:36   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Tape°°~Alternate Gold Award Hits Vol. 3°°
~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°
Take 21 FS 0:30   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Tape°°~Alternate Gold Award Hits Vol. 3°°
~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°
Take 22 FS 0:48   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Tape°°~Alternate Gold Award Hits Vol. 3°°
~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°
Take 23 M 2:05 (WPA5 2550) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 28 (Sony)°°~Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°
~Blue Hawaii (BMG '97)°°~Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate
Album (MRS)°°+Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°
(Count-In)
Take 24 Complete
2:00   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Elvis Aron Presley 2°+Elvis Aron Presley
(Cassette - 2:44)°+Tape°°~Alternate Gold Award Hits Volume 3°°
~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)° (Count-In)
Take 25 FS 0:32   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°+Tape°°~Alternate Gold Award Hits Volume 3°°
~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)° (Count-In)
Take 26 Complete 2:03   Today, Tomorrow & Forever 2°°+Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Tape°°~Alternate
Gold Award Hits Volume 3°° (Count-In)~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4
(TCB-LP)° (Count-In - Middle Part Missing)
Take 27 FS 0:23 (Piano Intro) (Record Version) Tape°°~Alternate Gold Award Hits Volume 3°°~Blue Hawaii - The
Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4
(TCB-LP)°
Take 28 FS 0:14   Tape°°~Alternate Gold Award Hits Volume 3°°~Blue Hawaii - The
Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4
(TCB-LP)°
Take 29 M 3:06 (M2PB 2988) Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 7 (Sony)°°~Elvis In Hawaii (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 21)°°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 2
(Legacy)°°~Elvis 75 CD2°°~Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~(BMG '97)°°
~Platinum 2°°~Command Performances°°+Tape°°~Alt. Gold Award Hits
Volume 3°°Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°~Blue Hawaii -
The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°° (Count-In)+E1 (30 #1 Hits)°°
+A Legendary Performer Volume 1° (Different Mix)

Beach Boy Blues
SO March 23 1961 (Thur: 1.00pm - 5.22pm)
Take 1 FS 0:51 (Record Version) Tape°°~Alternate Gold Award Hits Vol 3°° (2nd Pressing - Not Listed)
~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°~Blue Hawaii Box°~Blue
Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°
Take 2 M 2:09 (M2PB 2985)

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 4 (TCB-LP)°
~Blue Hawaii Box°~Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°
(Count-In)
Take 3 M 2:05 (Movie Version) (WPA5 2585) Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~(BMG '97)°°+Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4
(TCB-LP)°~Blue Hawaii Box°~Behind Closed Doors°~Blue Hawaii -
The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)° (Count-In)

Rock-A-Hula Baby
M2PB 2989
TO March 23 1961 (Thur: 1.00pm - 5.22pm)
Take 1 FS 0:59 "I Went To Your Wedding" Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~(BMG '97)°° (Count-In only - Not Listed)+Tape°
~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°~Blue Hawaii Box°~Blue
Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°
Take 2 FS 1:02   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°
~Blue Hawaii Box°
Take 3 Complete 1:58   Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°~(BMG '97)°°+Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Vol. 4
(TCB-LP)°~Blue Hawaii Box° (Count-In)
Take 4 FS 0:59   Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Volume 4 (TCB-LP)°~Blue Hawaii Box°
~Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°
Take 5 M 2:13   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 7 (Sony)°°~Elvis In Hawaii (Franklin Mint
Comp. Masters Collection 21)°°~Elvis 75 CD2°°~Blue Hawaii (FTD)°°
~Second To None°°~Blue Hawaii (24 Bit)°°~(BMG '97)°°~Command
Performances°°+Tape°~Blue Hawaii Sessions Vol 4 (TCB-LP)°
~Blue Hawaii Box°~Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album (MRS)°
(Count-In)

Notes

A remixed version of Can't Help Falling In Love can be found on 'Elvis 30 #1 Hits (E1)'.

An extended Take 24 of Can't Help Falling In Love can be found on the Cassette version of the box set 'Elvis Aron Presley'.

Takes 13 to 28 of Can't Help Falling In Love on "Alternate Gold Award Hits Volume 3" have the left and right channels swapped.

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').

The second pressing of "Alternate Gold Award Hits Volume 3" includes an unlisted Take 1 of Beach Boy Blues in stereo after Can't Help Falling in Love.

Take 3 of Rock-A-Hula Baby on the 1997 Collectors Edition of 'Blue Hawaii' also includes the count-in for Take 1 that is not listed.

The movie version of Rock-A-Hula Baby has additional instruments overdubbed to the beginning and end.

Elvis can be heard singing a few lines of 'I Went To Your Wedding' before Take 1 of Rock-A-Hula Baby.

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 Ernst Jørgensen for providing information regarding the missing production numbers.

Session Logs
Recording Information
Blue Hawaii
Blue Hawaii
Tape Legend
Blue Hawaii
Tape Legend - Blue Hawaii
Music Sheet
Rock-A-Hula Baby
Rock-A-Hula Baby (Thanks to Glen Johnson)

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