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March 3 1964
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Radio Recorders Studio B - Hollywood, California
Soundtrack Session for Paramount's 'Roustabout'
Paramount Producer : Joseph Lilley
Engineer : Dave Wiechman
(12.30pm - 5.50pm / 7.10pm - 12.00am)

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: Floyd Cramer  
Saxophone: Homer 'Boots' Randolph  

Big Love Big Heartache
RPA3 5265
EO March 3 1964 (Tue)
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        
Take 16        
Take 17 M 1:59   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°°

One Track Heart
RPA3 5271
FO March 3 1964 (Tue)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5 M 2:17   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°°

Roustabout (I'm A Roustabout)
HRA1 8686
GO March 3 1964 (Tue)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10 M 2:12 (Not Used) (Different version
recorded on April 29 1964
)
Acetate°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 28 (Sony)°°~Second To None°

It's Carnival Time (Track)
HO March 3 1964 (Tue)
Take 1        
Take 2 (M)   (Vocal Overdub on March 5)  

Carny Town
RPA3 5266
JO March 3 1964 (Tue)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9 M 1:21 (Edited ?) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 11 (Sony)°°~Fun At The Fair (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 23)°°~Roustabout (Remastered
Soundtrack)°° (1:11)+Double Features - Love In Las Vegas / Roustabout°°

There's A Brand New Day On The Horizon
RPA3 5274
KO March 3 1964 (Tue)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5 M 2:01 (Record 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°°

There's A Brand New Day On The Horizon
   
Edit (M) 1:38 (Movie Version) Memphis Tennessee° (LP - Acetate)+Soundtrack° (Overdubbed)

Wheels On My Heels
RPA3 5275
LO March 3 1964 (Tue)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7 M 1:20   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°°

Shout It Out (?)
MO ? March 3 1964 (Tue)
Take NA M (Not Used)

Little Egypt (Remake)
WPA5 2553
AO March 3 1964 (Tue)
Take 16     (Take numbering continued from
Record Version
)
 
Take 17        
Take 18        
Take 19        
Take 20        
Take 21 (M) 2:53 (Used for Composite Movie Version) Movie Magic (Time Life Elvis Presley Collection Volume 5)°°
~Out In Hollywood (FTD)°° (2:41)+Hard Knocks (Venus)°° (Count-in)

Little Egypt (Movie Version - Composite)
   
Spliced M 2:18 (Composite of AO-15 & AO-21) Tape°°+Soundtrack° (With further overdubs)

Notes

The session tapes are lost.

Otis Blackwell's song Roustabout (which is referred to as "No.2") was the only song of his that the songwriter knew was recorded. It was eventually released on 'Second To None' as I'm A Roustabout, where it was taken from Otis Blackwell's own acetate.

The book "Inside Roustabout" shows a music sheet for the song Carny Town, and this has an extra verse that may have been recorded, and then edited out of the final master. The original version of Carny Town that appeared on the 'Roustabout' LP is faded. The complete version can be found on 'Double Features' and has Elvis singing "We gotta end" at the end of the song.

The movie version of There's A Brand New Day On The Horizon taken from an acetate source with the following verse omitted, can be found on the bootleg "Memphis Tennessee":-
I'm gonna tell ol' heartaches, pack his bags and go
I've decided that I don't want him hanging around no more
well don't you know I said everything's gonna be just fine
'cos the whole world's gonna be mine

According to an interview with Sonny West:- "Elvis and John Rich (director) had their problems. Elvis wanted to do a song with the Jordanaires callled "Wheels On My Heels", but Rich argued that since Elvis was suppose to sing the tune when he was alone on his bike, the backup singers would be out of place. Elvis won that one, but Rich got him back by making him do take after take when Elvis had a temperature. The master of Wheels On My Heels does not contain any backing vocals by The Jordanaires, but it could be possible that earlier takes did include them.

The movie version of Little Egypt is a composite of the record version and the remake, but also has extra overdubs that were presumably recorded on the movie set, and is spliced as follows:-
0:00-1:17 of record version Take 15 (Start to last "Ying, ying")
1:21-1:38 of remake Take 21 (Guitar chords... "She did a triple summersault.." to "..nineteen forty nine")
1:33-2:19 of record version Take 15 ("Yeah... Let me tell you people..." to end)

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.

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