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July 11 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  
Drums: Frank Carlson  
Piano: Floyd Cramer  
Piano: Dudley Brooks  
Organ: Calvin Jackson  
Saxophone: Homer 'Boots' Randolph  
Lead Vocals: Ann Margret (Duet on The Lady Loves Me; You're The Boss and Today, Tomorrow & Forever)

The Lady Loves Me (Duet)
NPA5 5825
2010 July 11 1963 (Thur: 3.00pm - 5.45pm)
Take 1 LFS
     
Take 2 Complete 3:56   Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°° (Vinyl only)
Take 3 LFS      
Take 4        
Take 5 SFS      
Take 6 Complete      
Take 7 BD      
Take 8 BD      
Take 9 Complete 3:48   Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°+Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°° (Count-in)
Take 10 M 3:42   Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 10 (Sony)°°~Viva Las Vegas (Remastered
Soundtrack)°°~Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°~Double Features - Love In Las
Vegas / Roustabout°°~A Legendary Performer Volume 4°°

You're The Boss (Duet)
WPA5 2511
2011 July 11 1963 (Thur: 3.00pm - 5.45pm)
Take 1 LFS
     
Take 2 SFS      
Take 3 Complete 2:46   Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°~Elvis Chante Leiber & Stoller°°+Silver Screen
Stereo (FTD)°°(Count-in)
Take 4 LFS      
Take 5 SFS      
Take 6 BD      
Take 7 LFS      
Take 8 BD      
Take 9 BD      
Take 10 Complete      
Take 11 BD      
Take 12 Complete      
Take 13 BD      
Take 14 Complete   (Announced as Take 13 by mistake)  
Take 15 BD      
Take 16 M 2:51   Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 10 (Sony)°°~Viva Las Vegas (Remastered
Soundtrack)°°~Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°~Double Features - Love In Las
Vegas / Roustabout°°~Elvis Chante Leiber & Stoller°°+Elvis Rocks &
The Girls Roll° (Count-in)
         
Spliced (M) 2:47 (Spliced from Take 16 & Ending of Take 3) (Alternate Master)
(OPA5 8210)
Collectors Gold 1°°~Elvis Chante Leiber & Stoller°°

Today, Tomorrow & Forever (Duet)
OPA5 8215
2012 July 11 1963 (Thur: 3.00pm - 5.45pm)
Take 1 LFS/BD
1:40   Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°
Take 2 M 3:59   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 28 (Sony)°°~Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°
~Today, Tomorrow & Forever 2°°

Today, Tomorrow & Forever (Track)
2012 July 11 1963 (Thur: 3.00pm - 5.45pm)
Take 3 Complete
  (Take numbering continued)  
Take 4 Complete      
Take 5        
Take 6 (M) 3:29 (Not Used) Acetate°

Today, Tomorrow & Forever (Record Version)
RPA3 0388
2013 July 11 1963 (Thur: 3.00pm - 5.45pm)
Take 1 BD   (Faster tempo with live vocals by
Elvis)
 
Take 2 SFS      
Take 3 FS 0:12   Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°° (Count-in)~Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°°
Take 4 (M) 3:28 (Alternate Master)
(Used for 2014 Dubdown)
Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°~Silver Screen Stereo (FTD)°°
Take 5 SFS      
Take 6 M 3:23 (Used for 2014 Dubdown & Movie
Vocal Overdub 2016
)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 10 (Sony)°°~The Ultimate Love Songs
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 25)°°~Viva Las Vegas
(Remastered Soundtrack)°°~Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°~Double Features -
Love In Las Vegas / Roustabout°°

Today, Tomorrow & Forever (Dubdown to Track)
2014 July 11 1963 (Thur: 7.00pm - 12.40am)
'Take 4' Dubdown 3:34 (Dubdown to instrumental of 2013-04)
(Alternate Track Master) (Not Used)
Acetate°
'Take 6' Dubdown   (Dubdown to instrumental of 2013-06
- Edited) (Track Master)
(Used for Movie Vocal Overdub 2016)
 

Santa Lucia (Vocal Overdub)
SPA3 5518
2015 July 11 1963 (Thur: 7.00pm - 12.40am)
Take 1 Complete   (Vocal Overdub of Track 2007-03)  
Take 2 Complete      
Take 3 Complete      
Take 4 M 1:11   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 10 (Sony)°°~Start Your Engines
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 30)°°~Viva Las Vegas
(Remastered S'track)°°~Viva Las Vegas (FTD)°°~Elvis For Everyone°°
~Double Features - Love In Las Vegas / Roustabout°°~Elvis For
Everyone (FTD)°°
Take 5 Complete      
Take 6 Complete      
         
Overdub (M) 2:23 (Unused Overdubs & Edits on
October 11 1965
)
(SPA1 6893) (Not Used)
 
Overdub (M) 2:25 (Unused Overdubs & Edits on
October 11 1965
)
(SPA1 6898) (Not Used)
 
         
Extended (M) 1:50 (Edit of original 2015-04 - Verses
1 & 2 both repeated before Verse 3)
(SPA3 7091) (Not Used)
Tape°°

Today, Tomorrow & Forever (Movie Vocal Overdub)
2016 July 11 1963 (Thur: 7.00pm - 12.40am)
Take 1
  (Vocal Overdub of 2014-06 Track)  
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8 Complete      
Take 9        
Take 10 M 2:49    
         
Edit (M) 1:20 (Second Verse edited out) Soundtrack°

Bongos (Instrumental)
2017 July 11 1963 (Thur)(?)
Take 1
Take 2
Take 3
Take 4
Take 5
Take 6
Take 7
Take 8 M 1:02 Soundtrack°~Viva Las Vegas - The Alternate Album°

Bongos (#2) (Unknown Title - Instrumental)
2018 July 11 1963 (Thur)(?)
Take 1
Take 2 M

Bongos (#3) (Unknown Title - Instrumental)
2019 July 11 1963 (Thur)(?)
Take 1 M

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.

The Lady Loves Me, You're The Boss, and Santa Lucia were recorded with backup vocals only on the third, "empty" 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 Dave 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. The title song Viva Las Vegas (master) is for instance first clipped from amplitude overload and then limited to -3 dB, just to make sure that all reasons for the initial compromise were eliminated as well - and leaving us with "the worst of both worlds".

It has been rumoured that You're The Boss was originally intended to be used on RCA's 'A Golden Celebration' box set in 1984, but the tape was lost (or stolen) while the set was being complied. The Master intended for 'A Golden Celebration' was finally issued in 1990 on the CD 'Elvis Sings Leiber & Stoller' and 'Collectors Gold' set, and it was spliced from Take 16 and the ending of Take 3. The "Original" Master as cut on acetate during the sessions is just Take 16 alone, and was first released on 'Double Features'. Take 3, alone, was also issued on FTD's 'Silver Screen Stereo' but has added echo.

The duet version of Today, Tomorrow & Forever (2011) was also intended to be issued on 'A Golden Celebration' in 1984 but the tape was lost (or stolen) while the set was being complied. It was finally issued on BMG's 'Today, Tomorrow & Forever' box set in 2002.

Today Tomorrow & Forever (2012) is an unused medium tempo instrumental track that includes backing vocals. The arrangement is similar to the duet version, and was probably considered to be used for the movie version.

The unused Take 4 of Today, Tomorrow & Forever (2014) is a dubdown to instrumental track of 2013 Take 4, and was probably considered to be used for the movie version of Today, Tomorrow & Forever (2016). Take 6 of Today, Tomorrow & Forever (2014) is a dubdown to instrumental track of 2013 Take 6 but has the second bridge and third verse edited out, and was used for the movie version of Today, Tomorrow & Forever (2016).

The movie version of Today, Tomorrow & Forever (2016) is a vocal overdub of 2014-06, but has the Jordanaires big ending edited out of the track before Elvis' vocal overdub. The version used in the movie 'Viva Las Vegas' has the second verse edited out too, after Elvis' vocal overdub.

According to "Sessions III" the movie version of C'mon Everybody is primarily take 7, take 3 ('hand clapping' and 'finger snapping') and the ending of take 1.

The master of Santa Lucia is spliced on the FTD soundtrack with the first part being from the 1965 2-track album master, so there is reason to believe the master tape is damaged.
The correct 1965 'Elvis for Everyone' LP master matrix number is SPA3 5518, rather than the unused SPA1 6893, SPA1 6898 or SPA3 7091 assigned in October 1965.
'A Life In Music' and 'Sessions III' both incorrectly list the matrix number for Santa Lucia as being SPA1 6898.

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 and Erik Rasmussen for providing information on the unused 1965 overdubs and edits of Santa Lucia.

Session Logs
Recording Information
Santa Lucia
Santa Lucia
Music Sheet
The Lady Loves Me
The Lady Loves Me (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Acetate
Today, Tomorrow & Forever
Today, Tomorrow & Forever
 
Movie Scene Sheets
Viva Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas - Scene Sheets
 

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