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February 25 / 26 1965
(+ 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
Soundtrack Session for MGM's 'Harum Scarum'
MGM Producers : Fred Karger / Gene Nelson
Engineer : Bill Vandevort
(10.15pm - 3.30am)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar:
Scotty Moore The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Ray
Guitar: Thomas 'Grady' Martin Walker
Guitar: Charlie McCoy  
Bass: Henry Strzelecki  
Drums: D.J. Fontana  
Drums: Kenneth Buttrey  
Piano: Floyd Cramer  
Tambourine: Hoyt Hawkins (?)  
Conga Drums: Gene Nelson (?)  
Flute: Rufus Long  
Oboe: Ralph Strobel  

So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise)
SPA3 6754
  February 25 / 26 1965 (Thur / Fri)
Take 1 Complete
3:26 (C-2042) (Preceded by talking) Harum Scarum (FTD)°°
Take 2 SFS 0:12 (C-2043) A Legendary Performer Volume 6°
Take 3 Complete 3:06 (C-2044) (Used for Spliced Master) A Legendary Performer Volume 6°~Come What May° (Listed as Take 4)
+Tape°°
Take 4 Complete 3:16 (C-2045) (Used for Spliced Master) Collectors Gold 1°° (Listed as Take 1 - Echo Added)~Come What May°
(Listed as Take 5)+Tape°°
         
Spliced M 3:04 (Spliced from Takes 3 & 4)
(C-2044 & C-2045)
Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 11 (Sony)°°~Around The World (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 20)°°~Harum Scarum (FTD)°°~Double
Features - Harem Holiday / Girl Happy°°

My Desert Serenade
SPA3 6761
  February 25 / 26 1965 (Thur / Fri)
Take 1 BD
1:10 (C-2046) Tape°~Come What May° (Listed as Take 6)
Take 2 SFS 0:18 (C-2047) ("More") Harum Scarum (FTD)°°~Come What May° (Listed as Take 7)
Take 3 Complete 1:55 (C-2048) Harum Scarum (FTD)°°~Come What May° (Listed as Take 8)
Take 4 SFS   (C-2049)  
Take 5 SFS   (C-2050)  
Take 6 Complete   (C-2051)  
Take 7 Complete 1:58 (C-2052) ("da da da" funny) Harum Scarum (FTD)°°~Today, Tomorrow & Forever 2°°
Take 8 Complete 0:16+ (C-2053) Harum Scarum (FTD)°°~Today, Tomorrow & Forever 2°° (Dialogue only
- edited in before Take 7)
Take 9 SFS   (C-2054)  
Take 10 Complete 1:56 (C-2055) Come What May° (Listed as Take 5)
Take 11 SFS   (C-2056)  
Take 12 M 1:49 (C-2057) Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 11 (Sony)°°~Around The World (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 20)°°~Harum Scarum (FTD)°°~Double
Features - Harem Holiday / Girl Happy°°

Wisdom Of The Ages
SPA3 6760
  February 25 / 26 1965 (Thur / Fri)
Take 1 FS
0:11 (C-2058) Tape°~A Legendary Performer Volume 5°
Take 2 Complete 1:58 (C-2059) Tape°~A Legendary Performer Volume 5° (Count-in)~Come What May°
(Listed as Take 9)
Take 3 Complete 2:04 (C-2060) Harum Scarum (FTD)°°
Take 4 Complete 1:59 (C-2061) Hard Knocks (Venus)°°
Take 5 M 2:12 (C-2062) Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 11 (Sony)°°~Around The World (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 20)°°~Harum Scarum (FTD)°°~Double
Features - Harem Holiday / Girl Happy°° (1:58)+Hard Knocks (Venus)°°
(Count-in)

Kismet
SPA3 6758
  February 25 / 26 1965 (Thur / Fri)
Take 1 FS
0:26 (C-2063) Harum Scarum (FTD)°°+Hard Knocks (Venus)°° (Count-in)~Tape°
~A Legendary Performer Volume 8°
Take 2 Complete 2:15 (C-2064) Harum Scarum (FTD)°°~Hard Knocks (Venus)°° (Count-in)~Tape°
~A Legendary Performer Vol. 8°~Come What May° (Listed as Take 4)
Take 3 SFS 0:21 (C-2065) Hard Knocks (Venus)°° (Count-in)
Take 4 BD 0:31 (C-2066) Hard Knocks (Venus)°° (Count-in)
Take 5 M 2:19 (C-2067) Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 11 (Sony)°°~Around The World (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 20)°°~Harum Scarum (FTD)°°~Double
Features - Harem Holiday / Girl Happy°° (2:11)+Hard Knocks (Venus)°°
(Count-in)

Hey Little Girl
SPA3 6759
  February 25 / 26 1965 (Thur / Fri)
Take 1 FS
0:29 (C-2068) Out In Hollywood (FTD)°°+Harum Scarum (FTD)°° (Count-in)(Clipped)~Hard Knocks (Venus)°°
Take 2 Complete 2:29 (C-2069) (Different Arrangement) Out In Hollywood (FTD)°°+Harum Scarum (FTD)°° (Extra Dialogue)
(Clipped)~Hard Knocks (Venus)°°
Take 3 Complete 2:40 (C-2070) Harum Scarum (FTD)°°
Take 4 SFS 0:23 (C-2071) Tape°° (Count-in)~Come What May° (Listed as Take 1)
Take 5 M 2:19 (C-2072) Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 11 (Sony)°°~Girls! Girls! & More Girls!
(Franklin Mint Comp.Masters Collection 17)°°~Harum Scarum (FTD)°°
~Double Features - Harem Holiday / Girl Happy°°~Come What May°
(Listed as Take 2)+Tape°° (Count-in)

Notes

Take 4 of So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) with echo added, can be found on 'Collectors Gold' but it is incorrectly listed as being Take 1. 'Sessions III' and the FTD release of 'Harum Scarum' both also wrongly list Take 1 as being on 'Collectors Gold'.

So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) is spliced as follows:-
0:00-1:33 = Take 3
1:33-3:02 = Take 4

MGM transfers to acetate for movie purposes are numbered as follows:-
2401 - My Desert Serenade
2402 - Go East - Young Man
2403 - Animal Instinct
2404 - Mirage
2405 - Kismet
2406 - Shake That Tambourine
2407 - Hey Little Girl
2408 - Golden Coins
2409 - Wisdom Of The Ages
2410 - So Close, Yet So Far
2413 - Harem Holiday

The songs Baby If You'll Give Me All Your Love, Let Yourself Go and Please Don't Stop Loving Me were originally submitted to be used for the movie, but were eventually dropped. They were, however, used in later movies ('Double Trouble', 'Speedway' and 'Frankie & Johnny').

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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My Desert Serenade
Derert Serenade - Acetate
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Harum Scarum
Harum Scarum
 

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