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January 12 1964
(+ 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 : Chet Atkins (See Note)
Engineer : Ron Steele
(6.30pm - 9.30pm / 9.30pm - 11.30pm)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar:
Scotty Moore The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Ray
Guitar: Thomas 'Grady' Martin Walker
Guitar: Harold Bradley Millie Kirkham
Drums: D.J. Fontana  
Drums: Murrey 'Buddy' Harman  
Bass: Bob Moore  
Piano / Organ: Floyd Cramer  
Saxophone / Vibes: Homer 'Boots' Randolph  

Memphis, Tennessee (Remake)
RPA4 1004
  January 12 1964 (Sun)
Take 1 Complete
2:45   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Studio B (FTD)°° (Count-In)
Take 2 FS 0:31   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
Take 3 LFS 1:26   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
Take 4 No Take      
Take 5 Complete 2:31   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°° (Count-In)~Essential Elvis
Volume 6°°
Take 6 M 2:09   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 10 (Sony)°°~The Nashville Sessions
(Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 27)°°~Elvis Sings Memphis
Tennessee (FTD)°°~60's Box 3°°~Elvis For Everyone (FTD)°°

Ask Me (Remake)
RPA4 1005
  January 12 1964 (Sun)
Take 1 FS
0:18   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 2:21   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°° (Count-In)~Today, Tomorrow &
Forever 2°°
Take 3 Complete 2:28   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
Take 4 FS 0:35   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
Take 5 LFS      
Take 6 FS 0:08   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
Take 7 Complete 2:15   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Close Up 3°°
Take 8 FS 0:26   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Studio B (FTD)°°
Take 9 Complete 2:16   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Studio B (FTD)°°
Take 10 FS 0:06   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
Take 11 M 2:07   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 10 (Sony)°°~The Ultimate Love Songs
(Franklin Mint Comp.Masters Collection 25)°°~Elvis Sings Memphis
Tennessee (FTD)°°~Complete Single Collection 4°°~60's Box 3°°
~Acetate°+Elvis Forever Volume 2° (1st Pressing)°~Single° (France)

It Hurts Me
RPA4 1006
  January 12 1964 (Sun)
Take 1 Complete 2:39   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Essential Elvis Volume 6°°
Take 2 FS 0:14   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
Take 3 FS 0:20   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
Take 4 LFS 1:09   Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
Take 5 M 2:28   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 10 (Sony)°°~Loves Lost (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 12)°°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 3
(Legacy)°°~Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°~Complete Single
Collection 4°°~60's Box 3°°+Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee (FTD)°°
(Take 5)+Elvis In Demand°~Single° (Italy)

Notes

Although Chet Atkins is listed as producer on this session, according to the engineer, Ron Steele, interviewed in 2013 by Paul Richardson for the magazine 'Elvis The Man And His Music', the session was held on a Sunday and Atkins (nor anyone else from RCA for that matter) was not present at the session.

Memphis, Tennessee and Ask Me were both first recorded on May 27 1963 without success.

A tape with what was thought to be the unedited Take 6 of Memphis, Tennessee has been in the hands of collectors for years. This actually turned out to be Take 1, which was released on 'Studio B (FTD)' with count-in.

On FTD's 'Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee' Takes 8, 9 and 10 of Ask Me have been edited together. There is the False Start from Take 8, then talking from before Take 9, then the False Start from Take 10, and then the complete Take 9.

Ask Me was released without backing vocals as the B-Side to Ain't That Loving You Baby on the French single (45.567) in 1964. This was done by mistakenly eliminating one of the stereo channels when mixing the song to mono for single release.
It was also released without backing vocals on the 1980 1st pressing of the German RCA release 'Elvis Forever Volume 2', with matrix number CL 42853. This was done by eliminating one of the stereo channels, and sides 2 and 3 were released this way. When RCA discovered the mistake they made a new LP master with new matrix number CPL 42853.

It Hurts Me was released without backing vocals as the B-Side to Kissin' Cousins on the Italian single (45N-1410) in 1964, and was also released on the 1977 UK LP (BMG Australia 1990 CD) release 'Elvis In Demand'. This was done by eliminating one of the stereo channels and releasing the song in mono.

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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