home
Recording Sessions
Essential lists
Elvis The Man And His Music
Elvis Monthly
Elvis The Story
Video footage
Elvis website links
March 2 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)

Radio Recorders Studio B - Hollywood, California
Soundtrack Session for Paramount's 'Roustabout'
Paramount Producer : Joseph Lilley
Engineer : Dave Wiechman
(1.00pm - 6.40pm / 8.00pm - 11.35pm)

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

Little Egypt
RPA3 5270
AO March 2 1964 (Mon)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10        
Take 11        
Take 12        
Take 13        
Take 14        
Take 15 M 2:17 (Record Version)
(Used for Composite Movie Version)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 11 (Sony)°°~Fun At The Fair (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 23)°°~Roustabout (Remastered
Soundtrack)°°~Double Features - Love In Las Vegas / Roustabout°°

Poison Ivy League
RPA3 5272
BO March 2 1964 (Mon)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7 M 2:04 (Master Edited) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 11 (Sony)°°~Fun At The Fair (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 23)°°~Roustabout (Remastered
Soundtrack)°°~Double Features - Love In Las Vegas / Roustabout°°

Hard Knocks
RPA3 5267
CO March 2 1964 (Mon)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10        
Take 11 M 1:46   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 11 (Sony)°°~Fun At The Fair (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 23)°°~Roustabout (Remastered
Soundtrack)°°~Double Features - Love In Las Vegas / Roustabout°°
+Hard Knocks (Venus)°° (Longer intro)

It's A Wonderful World
RPA3 5268
DO March 2 1964 (Mon)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10        
Take 11        
Take 12        
Take 13 M 1:50   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 11 (Sony)°°~Fun At The Fair (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 23)°°~Roustabout (Remastered
Soundtrack)°°~Double Features - Love In Las Vegas / Roustabout°°
Take 14        
Take 15        
Take 16        
Take 17 Complete 1:55 (Instrumental) Hard Knocks (Venus)°°~Acetate°

Notes

The session tapes are lost.

The book "Inside Roustabout" shows a picture of a music sheet for Poison Ivy League, which shows an extra verse:-

"The Rah Rah boys are full of football spirit"
"Its up to them to boost that old school name"
"Out on that football field they say they'll win it"
"But secretly they plan to dump the game"
"That poison ivy league, boys in that ivy league"
"Aint what they claim, they give me a pain"
"That poison ivy league..."

There is an audible splice at 1:50 where it seems a verse has been edited out indicating that this extra verse may have actually been recorded, and then edited out of the final master, but as the tapes are still missing from these March sessions there is no way of knowing exactly what was recorded.

The song Shout It Out was originally submitted to be used for the movie, but was eventually dropped in favour of Hard Knocks being used instead. Other songs with demo's submitted, but not used were I Never Had It So Good and Carnival Of Dreams.

Shout It Out was eventually recorded for the movie 'Frankie & Johnny' in 1965.

The last production number used at these sessions is "LO", which was for Wheels On My Heels, and the next number used is "NO", which is for the rhythm Track for Roustabout on April 29. It is unknown what the missing "MO" production number could have been for.

An EPE auction in July / August 2010 however, has thrown up some questions regarding these sessions, as one of the lots had some of Elvis' personally owned acetates of demo's presented to be used in this movie. Looking at the acetates, an interesting thought has emerged that the missing "Track MO" from these sessions could have been for Shout It Out. When you look at the acetate it has "USED" written on it, where the others - Carnival Of Dreams and I Never Had It So Good clearly has "Demo - Not Elvis" written on them. This indicates that Shout It Out could have actually been recorded, but not used in the movie 'Roustabout', but as the tapes are still missing from these March sessions apart from the masters and takes used for masters, there is no way of knowing exactly what was recorded.

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
Roustabout
Roustabout
Acetates
Roustabout
Roustabout Acetates
Acetate
It's A Wonderful World
It's A Wonderful World

back