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May 26 / 27 1963
(+ 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 Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee
Producer : Steve Sholes
Engineer : Bill Porter
(May 26 : 6.30pm - 9.30pm / Unknown Hours - Possibly 10.30pm - 1.30am)
(May 27 : 2.30am - 5.30am)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar:
Scotty Moore The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Joe Babcock; Ray
Guitar: Thomas 'Grady' Martin Walker (only Ray Walker on Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers)
Guitar: Harold Bradley Millie Kirkham
Drums: D.J. Fontana  
Drums: Murrey 'Buddy' Harman  
Bass: Bob Moore  
Piano: Floyd Cramer  
Saxophone: Homer 'Boots' Randolph (Please Don't Drag That String Around, Witchcraft & Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers)
Vibes: Homer 'Boots' Randolph (Echoes Of Love, Never Ending & What Now, What Next, Where To)
Shakers: Homer 'Boots' Randolph (Devil In Disguise)

Echoes Of Love
PPA4 0290
  May 26 1963 (Sun)
Take 1 Complete
2:52   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°° (Count-in)~24 Carat Gold°°
Take 2 FS 0:25   Studio B (FTD)°°+Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed
Masters 3-9°°~There's Always Me°°~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°
(Count-in+Extra Dialogue)
Take 3 Complete 2:46   Studio B (FTD)°°+Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed
Masters 3-9°°~There's Always Me°°~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°
(Extra Dialogue)
Take 4 LFS 1:01   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°+Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°° (Count-in)
Take 5 LFS 1:44   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°+Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°° (Count-in)
Take 6 FS 0:22   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°
Take 7 LFS 1:39   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°
Take 8 Complete 2:44 (Alternate Master) Close Up 3°°+Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed
Masters 3-9°° (Count-in)
Take 9 LFS 0:41   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°+Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°° (Count-in)
Take 10 M 2:42   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 9 (Sony)°°~The Ultimate Love Songs
(Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 25)°°~Elvis Sings Memphis
Tennessee (FTD)°°~For The Asking°°~60's Box 2°° (Master only)
+Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°° (Count-in)

Please Don't Drag That String Around
PPA4 0291
  May 26 1963 (Sun)
Take 1 Complete
2:10   Essential Elvis Volume 6°°+Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
~Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°°~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°~There's
Always Me°°
Take 2 FS+Comp 2:14   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Studio B (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed
Masters 3-9°°~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°° (Count-in)~24 Carat
Gold°°
Take 3 FS+FS 0:24   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~A Legendary Performer
Volume 5°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°°~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°
Take 4 LFS 1:17   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°° (Count-in)~There's Always Me°°
Take 5 FS+Comp 2:10   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~A Legendary Performer
Volume 5°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°°~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°
~There's Always Me°°
Take 6 M 1:56   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 9 (Sony)°°~The Nashville Sessions
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 27)°°~Elvis Sings Memphis
Tennessee (FTD)°°~Complete Single Collection 3°°~For The Asking°°
~60's Box 2°°

(You're The) Devil In Disguise
PPA4 0292
  May 26 1963 (Sun)
Take 1 FS+FS 0:41   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°° (Count-in)~There's Always Me°°
Take 2 LFS 1:04   Devil In Disguise (CD Single)°°~Long Lonely Highway (FTD)°°+Elvis
Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°+Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°°~The
Echoes Of Love Sessions°°~There's Always Me°° (Count-in)
Take 3 FS+Comp 2:39   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Devil In Disguise (CD Single)°°
~Long Lonely Highway (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°°~The Echoes
Of Love Sessions°°~There's Always Me°°
Take 4 FS 0:19   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°
Take 5 FS 0:29   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°
Take 6 FS+M 2:32   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 9 (Sony)°°~Songs Of The Sixties
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 2)°°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin'
Tonight 3 (Legacy)°°~Elvis 75 CD2°°~Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee
(FTD)°°~Complete Single Collection 3°°+For The Asking°°~60's Box 2°°
+E1 (30 #1 Hits)°°+Top Ten Hits° (Remix - SPA1 4190)(Master only)
+Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°°
(Count-in+FS+M)

Never Ending
PPA4 0293
  May 26 1963 (Sun)
Take 1 FS+Comp 2:06   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Long Lonely Highway (FTD)°°
+Unsurpassed Mast 3-9°°~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°° ~There's
Always Me°° (Count-in)
Take 2 LFS 1:12   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°~There's Always Me°°
Take 3 M 2:05   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 9 (Sony)°°~The Ultimate Love Songs
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 25)°°~Elvis Sings Memphis
Tennessee (FTD)°°~Double Trouble (FTD)°°+Comp. Single Collection 4°°
~For The Asking°°~60's Box 2°° (Master only)+Elvis Sings Memphis
Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°° (Count-in)

What Now, What Next, Where To
PPA4 0294
  May 27 1963 (Mon)
Take 1 M 2:03   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 9 (Sony)°°~Heartache (Franklin Mint
Comp. Masters Collection 6)°°~Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
~Double Trouble (FTD)°°~For The Asking°°~60's Box 2°°~Elvis For
Everyone (FTD)°° (Master only)+Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°° (Count-in)

Witchcraft
PPA4 0295
  May 27 1963 (Mon)
Take 1 Complete 2:42   Collectors Gold 2°°+Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
~Unsurpassed Mast. 3-10°°~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°° (Count-in)
Take 2 Complete 2:27   Today, Tomorrow & Forever 2°°+Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
~Unsurpassed Masters 3-9°°~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°~There's
Always Me Volume 2°°
Take 3 M 2:34   Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 9 (Sony)°°~Rhythm & Blues (Franklin Mint
Comp. Masters Collection 9)°°~Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
~Comp. Single Collection 3°°~For The Asking°°~60's Box 2°°+Return Of
The Rocker°° (Remix - RPA1 7397) (Master only)+Unsurpassed Masters
3-10°° (Count-in)

Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers
PPA4 0296
  May 27 1963 (Mon)
Take 1 Complete 2:06   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Long Lonely Highway (FTD)°°
+Unsurpassed Masters3-10°°~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°° (Extra
Dialogue)~There's Always Me Volume 2°°
Take 2 LFS 1:11   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°
Take 3 M 1:56   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 9 (Sony)°°~The Nashville Sessions
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 27)°°~Elvis Sings Memphis
Tennessee (FTD)°°~For The Asking°°~60's Box 2°°~Elvis For Everyone
(FTD)°° (Master)+Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed
Masters 3-10°° (Count-in)

Love Me Tonight
PPA4 0297
  May 27 1963 (Mon)
Take 1 Complete
2:11   Collectors Gold 2°°+Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
~Unsurpassed Mast. 3-10°° (Count-In)~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°
Take 2 FS+FS 0:16   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°°
Take 3 FS 0:31   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Studio B (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed
Masters 3-10°°
Take 4 Complete 2:09   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Studio B (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed
Masters 3-10°°~The Echoes Of Love Sess.°°~There's Always Me Vol 3°°
Take 5 FS+Comp 2:38   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°° (Complete only - Edited)
+Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°°~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°~There's
Always Me Volume 3°°
Take 6 FS 0:33   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°° (Edited)+Unsurpassed Masters
3-10°° (Count-in)
Take 7 FS 0:26   Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°°
Take 8 M 2:05   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 9 (Sony)°°~The Ultimate Love Songs
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 25)°°~Fun In Acapulco
(Remastered Soundtrack)°°~Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
~Fun In Acapulco (FTD)°°~For The Asking°°~60's Box 2°° (Master only)
+Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°° (Count-in)

Notes

Most of this session is available on the Cool Romeo "Unsurpassed Masters Box 3" bootleg box-set, in decent sound although noise reduced, thought to be derived from 3-track tape.

Take 8 of Echoes of Love probably never made it to 2-track tape (or was cut from tape as it was considered for alternate master).

The '60's Box' version version of (You're The) Devil of Disguise was derived from the 'For The Asking/The Lost Album' master, including the noise reduction.

Remixed versions of (You're The) Devil In Disguise can be found on 'Elvis 30 #1 Hits (E1)' and 'Top Ten Hits'.

A remixed version of Witchcraft can be found on 'Return Of The Rocker'.

On FTD's 'Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee' Takes 5 and 6 of Love Me Tonight have been edited together. There are a few seconds and the False Start from Take 6, then the complete Take 5 but missing the False Start, then a few seconds of talking from after Take 6.

An alternate mix of Western Union from a rejected version of the RCA Speedway album master can be found on the Pair CD 'Speedway/Clambake'.

Many of Bill Porter's live stereo mix masters from this session have been used for the first time on FTD's 'Sings Memphis Tennessee'.

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.

Session Logs
Recording Information
May 26 1963
May 26 1963
Music Sheet
What Now, What Next, Where To
What Now, What Next, Where To (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Tape Log
May 26 - 27 1963
May 26 - 27 1963

Tape Log
May 26 - 27 1963
May 26 - 27 1963
Tape Log
May 26 1963
May 26 1963
 

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