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May 27 / 28 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 27 : 7.00pm - 10.00pm / 10.00pm - 1.00am)
(May 28 : 1.00am - 4.00am)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar:
Scotty Moore The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Joe Babcock; Ray
Guitar: Jerry Kennedy (10.00pm - 4.00am) Walker
Guitar: Harold Bradley Millie Kirkham
Guitar: Thomas 'Grady' Martin (7.00pm - 10.00pm)  
Drums: D.J. Fontana  
Drums: Murrey 'Buddy' Harman  
Bass: Bob Moore  
Saxophone: Homer 'Boots' Randolph  
Piano: Floyd Cramer  

Memphis, Tennessee
PPA4 0302
  May 27 1963 (Mon)
Take 1 FS+Comp
2:34   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Elvis Meets Presley°°
~60's Box 5°° (Complete)+Unsurpassed Mast. 3-10°° (Count-In+FS
+Complete)
Take 2 M 2:34 (Jungle Version) (Unused Master) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 28 (Sony)°°~Elvis Sings Memphis
Tennessee (FTD)°° (No Echo)+Collectors Gold 2°° (Echo)~La Legende -
Rock 'n' Roll 1963-68 (BMG France)°° (Echo)~Memphis Tennessee
(LP - Edited)° (Acetate - No Echo)+Tape°° (Ending - After Fade)

(It's A) Long Lonely Highway
PPA4 0303
  May 27 1963 (Mon)
Take 1 Complete
2:54 ('Single' Master)
("Well... my drinking water's muddy")
Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Long Lonely Highway (FTD)°°
~Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°°~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°° (Count-In)
~Complete Single Collection 4°
Take 2 M 2:21 ('Album' Master)
("My drinking water's muddy")
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 9 (Sony)°°~The Nashville Sessions
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 27)°°~Elvis 75 - Good
Rockin' Tonight 3 (Legacy)°°~Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
~For The Asking°°~60's Box 3°°+Tickle Me (Soundtrack)°

Ask Me
PPA4 0304
  May 27 1963 (Mon)
Take 1 FS+Comp
2:48   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°+Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°°
(Listed as takes 1 & 2)~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°° (Count-In+FS
+Complete) ~24 Carat Gold°° (Complete - CD1 / Count-In+FS on CD2)
Take 2 M 2:06 (Unused Master - Continued later) Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°° (No Echo)~Collectors Gold 2°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°° (Echo Added)+Memphis Tennessee
(LP - Acetate)° (No Echo)

Western Union
PPA4 0305
  May 27 1963 (Mon)
Take 1 FS+Comp 2:16   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°+Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°~There's Always Me Volume 2°°
Take 2 LFS 0:56   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°
Take 3 FS+Comp 2:26   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Studio B (FTD)°°+Unsurpassed
Masters 3-10°° (Count-In+FS+Complete)~There's Always Me Volume 2°°
(Complete only - Listed as Take 4)
Take 4 M 2:23   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 3°°~Elvis For Everyone
(FTD)°° (Master only)+Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°° (Count-In)
~Memphis Tennessee (LP - Acetate)°

Slowly But Surely
PPA4 0306
  May 28 1963 (Tue)
Take 1 Complete 2:31   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Long Lonely Highway (FTD)°°
+Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°°~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°° (Extra
Dialogue)~There's Always Me Volume 2°°
Take 2 FS 0:20   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°+Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°
Take 3 LFS 0:31   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°
Take 4 LFS 2:09   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°
Take 5 M 2:09   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 9 (Sony)°°~The Nashville Sessions
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 27)°°~Fun In Acapulco
(Remastered Soundtrack)°°~Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
~Fun In Acapulco (FTD)°°~For The Asking°°~60's Box 3°°+Tickle Me
(Soundtrack)°

Blue River
SPA4 6768
  May 28 1963 (Tue)
Take 1 FS 0:34 (Announced as "0307") Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°+Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°~Bilko's Gold Cuts°°~There's Always
Me Volume 2°°
Take 2 (M) 1:54 SPA4 6768
(Used for Extended Master)
Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°° (Count-in)+60's Box 3°°~La
Legende - Rock 'n' Roll 1963-68 (BMG France)°° (Echo)+Unsurpassed
Masters 3-10°°~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°~There's Always Me
Volume 2°° (Count-in)
         
Spliced M 2:14 (Spliced from 0:00-1:25 and
0:44-1:31 of Take 2)
(Changed to SPA4 7357 in 1965)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 9 (Sony)°°~Heartache (Franklin Mint
Comp. Masters Collection 6)°°~Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
~Double Trouble (FTD)°°~Elvis For Everyone (FTD)°°~Complete Single
Collection 4°° (Faded at 2:10)

Ask Me
PPA4 0304
  May 28 1963 (Tue)
Take 3 LFS 1:01 (Continued) Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°°~24 Carat Gold°°
Take 4 Complete 2:23   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°°
~The Echoes Of Love Sessions°° (Count-In)~24 Carat Gold°°
Take 5 LFS 0:58   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°°
Take 6 2xFS+M 2:46 (Unused Alternate Master) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 28 (Sony)°° (M only)+Elvis Sings
Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-10°° (Count-In)
~Memphis Tennessee (LP - Acetate)° (Master only)

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.

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'.

The movie 'Tickle Me' features Long Lonely Highway with overdubbed orchestral backing, played over the opening credits - This was done during post production of that movie.

On the bootleg LP 'Memphis Tennessee" there are two acetates of Ask Me - listed as 'Number 1' and 'Number 2'. It is now known that 'Number 1' is actually Take 6, and 'Number 2' is Take 2 from this session.

Memphis Tennessee and Ask Me were both re-recorded on January 12 1964.

Although the matrix number for Blue River is announced as 0307, this number (PWA4 0307) was actually assigned to a song by Jeanne Pruett called Little Black Book (47-8232). The correct matrix number for Blue River is SPA4 6768, this is for the complete Take 2 and was assigned in 1965. To make Blue River longer for release it was spliced from 0:00-1:25 and 0:44-1:31 of Take 2 and this was issued yet another matrix number, SPA4 7357 in 1965.

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.

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May 27 1963
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May 26 1963
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