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July 9 / 10 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)

Radio Recorders Studio B - Hollywood, California
Soundtrack Session for MGM's 'Viva Las Vegas'
Musical Director for MGM : George Stoll
Engineer : Dave Wiechman

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar:
Scotty Moore The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Ray
Guitar: Billy Strange
Walker
Guitar: Hilmer J 'Tiny' Timbrell  
Bass: Bob Moore  
Drums: D.J. Fontana  
Drums: Murrey 'Buddy' Harman  
Piano: Dudley Brooks  
Piano: Floyd Cramer  
Saxophone: Homer 'Boots' Randolph  
Trumpet: Oliver Mitchell  

Night Life
WPA1 8023
2001 July 9 1963 (Tue: 7.00pm - 12.00am)
Take 1 BD
     
Take 2 Complete      
Take 3 Complete 2:05   Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°° (Clipped)+Out In Hollywood (FTD)°° (Count-in
and dialogue at end)
Take 4 FS      
Take 5 SFS      
Take 6 LFS      
Take 7 SFS      
Take 8 Complete      
Take 9 BD      
Take 10 Complete      
Take 11 Complete      
Take 12 Rehearsal      
Take 13 Complete      
Take 14 M 2:04 (Master Faded) Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 10 (Sony)°°~Start Your Engines (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 30)°°~Viva Las Vegas (Remastered
Soundtrack)°°~Elvis Sings Flaming Star°°~Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°
~Elvis For Everyone (FTD)°° (Faded)~Double Features - Love In Las
Vegas / Roustabout°° (1:50) +A Legendary Performer Vol. 5°° (Count-in
& Unedited)~Elvis Rocks & The Girls Roll° (Count-in & Long Fade)
(Acetate)

C'mon Everybody (Record Version)
RPA3 0389
2002 July 9 1963 (Tue: 7.00pm - 12.00am)
Take 1 BD
0:55   Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°° (Count-in)~Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS 0:37   Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°+Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°° (Count-in)
Take 3 Complete 2:46 (Including "Blues" ending) Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°+Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°° (Extra dialogue)
Take 4 LFS      
Take 5 M 2:16 (No "Blues" ending)
(Continued later for Movie Version)
Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 10 (Sony)°°~Start Your Engines (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 30)°°~Viva Las Vegas (Remastered
Soundtrack)°°~Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°~Double Features - Love In Las
Vegas / Roustabout°°

If You Think I Don't Need You
RPA3 0387
2003 July 10 1963 (Wed: 1.00am - 4.15am)
Take 1 BD
     
Take 2 Complete 2:07
  Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°° (Vinyl only)
Take 3 SFS 0:05    
Take 4   0:04+ (Announcement only ?)  
Take 5 LFS/BD 1:17   Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°+Tiger Man - An Alternate Anthology Volume 1°
~Viva Las Vegas (Lucky - LP / CD)° (Count-in)
Take 6 LFS/BD 1:17    
Take 7 Complete 2:11   Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°
Take 8 LFS/BD 2:07    
Take 9 LFS/BD 1:14   Tiger Man - An Alternate Anthology Volume 1°~Viva Las Vegas
(Lucky - LP / CD)°
Take 10 LFS/BD 1:12   Tiger Man - An Alternate Anthology Volume 1°~Viva Las Vegas
(Lucky - LP / CD)°
Take 11 BD 0:04+    
Take 12 BD      
Take 13 M 2:04   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 10 (Sony)°°~Start Your Engines
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 30)°°~Viva Las Vegas
(Remastered Soundtrack)°°~Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°~Soundtrack°
(Edited - 0:44)+Acetate° (Count-in)~Double Features - Love In Las
Vegas / Roustabout°°

Viva Las Vegas (Demo Arrangement)
2004 July 10 1963 (Wed: 1.00am - 4.15am)
Take 1 BD
1:46 (Continued later) Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 30 (Sony)°° (Count-in & extra dialogue)
~Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°~Viva Las Vegas (2007 Single)°° (Count-in)
~Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°°

Notes
Unlike most other 1960's soundtrack there is no subjective decision to make whether the 'Viva Las Vegas' masters should be remastered from 3-track for release or not, simply because there were no (final) original stereo masters produced for 'Viva Las Vegas' in the first place. It is not an easy task because of dry sound and unrational use of the 3 tracks available. How a mix should be done is usually too subjective to even argue about, but perhaps not in this case.

Night Life was recorded with a saxophone instead of backup vocals on the third channel, and C'mon Everybody was recorded with backup vocals only on the third, "empty" channel, whereas If You Think I Don't Need You has saxophone, trumpets and trombone instead of backing vocals on the third channel.

No effort at creating a stereo or even mono image can improve this situation and it is considered necessary to keep the instruments on one stereo channel, the vocals centered, and the backup vocals on the other 2-track stereo channel. This will leave an almost empty right channel, and a certain amount of leakage from the instrumental channel may be necessary. It is exactly this approach has been taken on the 2003 FTD 'Viva Las Vegas' soundtrack, which is an ambitious attempt at remastering the entire 'Viva Las Vegas' soundtrack. 

M.G.M. soundtracks were recorded dry and the typical 60's approach would be to apply dynamic processing for record release, especially utilizing dynamic compression and only light reverb of the vocal channel. Using just a little compression and hardly any reverb makes this modern attempt a success overall and so much better than previous efforts. The result does not sound alien beside the original 'Girl Happy' LP masters, which were recorded in the same manner as 'Viva Las Vegas' and also by George Stoll and David Weichman.

Sadly, the amplitude level has been pushed up about 3-4 dB over the 0 dB limit on the FTD 'Viva Las Vegas' soundtrack and this distracts from what otherwise would have been an excellent release all the way.

There is too much digital echo (by any standard) on the 'Double Features' version of Night Life.

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
Acetate
C'mon Everybody (Come On Everybody)
Come On Everybody - Acetate
Acetate
Night Life
Night Life - Acetate
 

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