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May 25 / 26 1966
(+ 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 : Felton Jarvis
Engineer : Jim Malloy

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar:
Scotty Moore The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Ray
Guitar: Chip Young Walker
Drums / Tympani: Murrey 'Buddy' Harman The Imperials: Armond Morales; Jake Hess; Gary McSpadden; Sherrill
Drums: D.J. Fontana 'Shaun' Nielsen
Piano: Floyd Cramer Millie Kirkham; June Page; Dolores Edgin
Bass: Bob Moore  
Steel Guitar: Peter Drake  
Saxophone: Homer 'Boots' Randolph  
Saxophone: Rufus Long (10.00pm - 7.00am)  
Piano: Henry Slaughter (10.00pm - 7.00am)  
Bass / Harmonica / Guitar: Charlie McCoy  

No Selections Recorded
  May 25 1966 (Wed: 6.30pm - 9.30pm)
         

Run On
TPA4 0908
  May 25 1966 (Wed: 10.00pm - 1.00am)
Take 1 LFS
2:06   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in)~You'll Never Walk Alone
(Reeltrax)°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1°
Take 2 Complete 2:45   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in)~Easter Special (FTD)°°
~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1° (Count-in)
Take 3 LFS 0:41   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1° (Count-in)
Take 4 LFS 1:25   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
Take 5 2xFS
+LFS
0:48   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in & LFS only)+You'll Never Walk
Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
Take 6 Complete 2:43   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~So High (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Mast. 3-11°
+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°+How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1° (Extra dialogue)
Take 7 M 2:24   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 13 (Sony)°°~Gospel Jubilee (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 11)°°~I Believe - The Gospel Masters 2°°
~How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~Ultimate Gospel°°~Peace In
The Valley 1°°~Amazing Grace°°

How Great Thou Art
TPA4 0909
  May 25 1966 (Wed: 10.00pm - 1.00am)
Take 1 LFS
0:34   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1° (Extra dialogue)
Take 2 Complete 3:06   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in)~Platinum 2°°~Unsurpassed
Masters 3-11°+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou
Art Sessions Volume 1° (Count-in)
Take 3 FS 1:06   Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1°
Take 4 M 3:10   Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 13 (Sony)°°~Songs Of The Sixties (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 2)°°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 3
(Legacy)°°~I Believe - The Gospel Mast. 2°°~How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°
~Inspirational°°~Ultimate Gospel°°~How Great Thou Art (24 Bit)°°
~Peace In The Valley 1°°~Amazing Grace°°+He Walks Beside Me°°
(Different Mix)+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou
Art Sessions Volume 1° (Count-in only)

Stand By Me
TPA4 0910
  May 26 1966 (Thur: 1.00am - 4.00am)
Take 1 FS+FS
0:20   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in & 2nd FS only)+Where No One
Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
Take 2 Complete 2:44   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in)~So High (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed
Masters 3-11°+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou
Art Sessions Volume 1° (Count-in)
Take 3 FS+FS
+LFS
1:02 (Also announced again as take 2) Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1° (Count-in)
Take 4 LFS 1:14   Unsurpassed Mast. 3-11°+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How
Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1° (Count-in)
Take 5 LFS 0:45   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
Take 6 FS+FS 0:28   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in)~Easter Special (FTD)°° (Listed
as Take 2)+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art
Sessions Volume 1° (Count-in)
Take 7 Complete 2:35   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~Easter Special (FTD)°° (Count-in - Listed
as Take 2)~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°~Stand By Me°+Where No One
Stands Alone (Reeltrax)° (Not Listed)~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1° (Count-in)
Take 8 Reh'sal
+LFS
1:36   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Dialogue only - Not listed)+You'll Never
Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°+How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 1° (Count-in)
Take 9 LFS 1:33   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°+You'll Never
Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 1° (Count-in
& extra dialogue)
Take 10 FS+Comp 2:40   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~Close Up 3°°+Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°
+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1°
Take 11 M 2:38   Comp. Elvis Presley Mast. 13 (Sony)°°~Hymns From The Heart (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 34)°°~I Believe - The Gospel Masters 2°°
~How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~Peace In The Valley 1°°
~Amazing Grace°°+How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 1° (Count-in only)

Where No One Stands Alone
  May 26 1966 (Thur: 1.00am - 4.00am)
Take 1 Complete?
2:40 (Incomplete - Tape Cut) How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Spliced with ending of Take 4)~You'll
Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
Take 2 LFS 0:32   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How
Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1° (Extra dialogue)
Take 3 LFS 2:36   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in)~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°
+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)° (Not Listed)~Where No One Stands
Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1° (Count-in)
Take 4 (M) 3:15 (Used for Composite Master) How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Spliced with Take 1)+Where No One Stands
Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1° (Count-in -
Part used for Master cut from tape - 0:57)+Tape°° (Count-in & Comp.)

Where No One Stands Alone (Work Part)
  May 26 1966 (Thur: 1.00am - 4.00am)
Take 1 FS+Comp
1:50   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°
~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
(Extra dialogue)
Take 2 FS+FS 0:29   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in & 2nd FS only)+You'll Never Walk
Alone (Reeltrax)°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°~How Great Thou Art
Sessions Volume 1°
Take 3 Complete 1:21   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°
~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
Take 4        
Take 5 Complete 0:44 (Announced as "Number 2") How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°
Take 6        
Take 7 (M) 0:48+ (Used for Composite Master) Tape°°

Where No One Stands Alone (Composite)
TPA4 0911
   
Spliced M 2:44 (Composite of Take 4 & Work Part
Take 7
)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 13 (Sony)°°~Hymns From The Heart
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 34)°°~I Believe - The Gospel
Masters 2°°~How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~Peace In The
Valley 1°°~Amazing Grace°°

Down In The Alley
TPA4 0912
  May 26 1966 (Thur: 4.00am - 7.00am)
Take 1 Complete
3:27   Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°~60's Box 5°° (Count-in)+How Great
Thou Art Sessions Volume 2°° (Extra dialogue - No Count-in)
Take 2 FS 0:14   Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2°°
(Count-in)~There's Always Me Volume 4°°
Take 3 LFS 2:12   Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°+How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2°°
~There's Always Me Volume 4°° (Extra dialogue at end)
Take 4 FS 0:36   Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°+How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2°°
~There's Always Me Volume 4°° (Extra dialogue)
Take 5 No Take 1:23   How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2°°~There's Always Me Volume 4°°
(Announcement only - Not Listed)
Take 6 Complete 2:50   Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2°°
~There's Always Me Volume 4°°~So High (FTD)°°
Take 7 LFS 2:28   How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2°°
Take 8 LFS 0:27   How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2°°
Take 9 M 2:58   Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 13 (Sony)°°~Rhythm & Blues (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 9)°°~Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°
~Tomorrow Is A Long Time°°~Spinout (FTD)°° (Repaired)~60's box 3°°
(Cut)+How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2°° (Count-in & Dialogue
at end only)
         
Remix   3:04 (Screaming Girls Version) The Complete Spinout Sessions°°

Tomorrow Is A Long Time
TPA4 0913
  May 26 1966 (Thur: 4.00am - 7.00am)
Take 1 FS 0:24   Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 3°°
~There's Always Me Volume 4°°
Take 2 FS+Comp 5:52   So High (FTD)°°+Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°~How Great Thou Art
Sessions Volume 3°°~There's Always Me Volume 4°° (Count-in)
Take 3 M 5:21   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 13 (Sony)°°~The Nashville Sessions
(Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 27)°°~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin'
Tonight 3 (Legacy)°°~Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°~Tomorrow Is A
Long Time°°~Spinout (FTD)°°~60's box 3°°+A Valentine Gift For You°°
(Remixed)

Notes

Some of the mono sessions as released on the "2001" Bootlegs "The How Great Thou Art Sessions - Volumes 1, 2 and 3" sound heavily compressed, as if they were taken from an MP3 source. The stereo sessions on the same releases however, actually sound better than the same takes released by BMG, as they are clipped, and too loud, on some of the BMG releases.

6 drum beats of the intro of Down in the Alley were missing on the '60's Box'. When rectified on the CD "Tomorrow Is a Long Time", a remastered intro with better ambience was spliced onto the 60's Box master rather than remastering the entire song again. It is possible that the intro was cut from the multichannel tapes in the first place. The FTD Soundtrack release of 'Spinout' has the song severely clipped.

It is unknown why a remix with overdubbed screaming girls was made by RCA, but it was never released officially. This remix can be found on the bootleg "The Complete Spinout Sessions".

From this session BMG's remasters as released on the '60's Box' and 'Tomorrow Is a Long Time' are more conservative and far better than 'Amazing Grace' or 'Peace in the Valley'.

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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May 25 1966
May 25 1966
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How Great Thou Art
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May 26 1966
Down In The Alley

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