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May 26 / 27 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/Tambourine: D.J. Fontana 'Shaun' Nielsen; Henry Slaughter
Piano: Floyd Cramer (10.00pm - 7.00am) Millie Kirkham; June Page; Dolores Edgin
Piano: Elvis Presley (Beyond The Reef) Charlie Hodge; Red West (Beyond the Reef)
Bass: Bob Moore  
Steel Guitar: Peter Drake  
Saxophone: Homer 'Boots' Randolph  
Saxophone: Rufus Long  
Piano / Organ: David Briggs  

No Selections Recorded
  May 26 1966 (Thur: 6.30pm - 9.30pm)
         

Love Letters
TPA4 0914
  May 26 1966 (Thur: 10.00pm - 1.00am)
Take 1 FS
0:29   How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2°
Take 2 Complete 2:58   Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°~Today, Tomorrow & Forever 3°°
~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°+How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2°
(Count-in)
Take 3 FS+FS 0:50   Collectors Gold 2°° (1st FS - Not listed)~Elvis Sings Guitar Man
(FTD)°°+How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 2° (Count-in+FS+FS)
Take 4 FS 0:38   Collectors Gold 2°°~Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°+How Great Thou
Art Sessions Volume 2° (Count-in)
Take 5 LFS 0:54   Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2°
(Count-in)~There's Always Me Volume 4°
Take 6 No Take 0:08+ (Playback of Demo) Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°° (No Announcement)+How Great Thou Art
Sessions Volume 2°~There's Always Me Volume 4° (Announcement only)
Take 7 Complete 3:02   Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°~Collectors Gold 2°°~How Great Thou
Art Sessions Volume 2°
Take 8 Complete 3:15   Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°~So High (FTD)°°+How Great Thou Art
Sessions Vol. 2°~There's Always Me Vol. 4° (Count-in)
Take 9 M 2:58   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 13 (Sony)°°~The Ultimate Love Songs
(Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 25)°°~Elvis 75 CD2°°~Elvis
Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°~Gold Records Vol. 4°°~From The Heart°°
~Tomorrow Is A Long Time°°~60's box 3°°~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°°
+The Definitive Love Album°° (Edited) (Master Only)+How Great Thou
Art Sessions Volume 2° (Count-in)

So High
TPA4 0915
  May 27 1966 (Fri: 1.00am - 4.00am)
Take 1 Complete 2:16   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Extra intro)~So High (FTD)°°~Where No
One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°°+How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2°
~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11° (Extra intro)
Take 2 FS 0:15   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in)~Easter Special (FTD)°°+You'll
Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2°
(Count-in)
Take 3 Complete 2:06   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in)~Easter Special (FTD)°° (Not
Listed - Count-in)~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°+You'll Never Walk Alone
(Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2° (Count-in)
Take 4 M 2:11   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 13 (Sony)°°~Gospel Jubilee (Franklin
Mint Comp. Mast. Collection 11)°°~I Believe - The Gospel Masters 2°°
~How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~Peace In The Valley 1°°
~Amazing Grace°°+How Great Thou Art Sess. Vol. 1° (Count-in only)

Farther Along
TPA4 0916
  May 27 1966 (Fri: 1.00am - 4.00am)
Take 1 FS+LFS 1:08   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in & LFS)~Unsurpassed Mast. 3-11°
(LFS)+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art
Sessions Volume 1° (Count-in+FS+LFS)
Take 2 LFS 3:08 (One line used for Spliced Master) How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Extra dialogue)~You'll Never Walk Alone
(Reeltrax)°~Unsurp. Masters 3-11°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 1°
("When death has come, and" used for Master - cut from tape)+Tape°°
Take 3     (Used for Spliced Master)  
         
Spliced M 4:25 (Spliced from Take 3 & one line
from Take 2)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 13 (Sony)°°~Hymns From The Heart
(Franklin Mint Complete Mast. 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 Volume 1°
(Count-in only)

By And By
TPA4 0917
  May 27 1966 (Fri: 4.00am - 7.00am)
Take 1 Reh'sal
+FS
0:39   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How
Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2° (Extra dialogue)
Take 2 FS+FS 1:00   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How
Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2° (Extra dialogue)
Take 3 FS+LFS 2:12   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in)~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°
+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 2° (Count-in & extra dialogue)
Take 4 FS+Comp 2:13   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (FS+Complete - Separate tracks)+Long
Lonely Highway (FTD)°° (Clipped - With dialogue from Take 3)
~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How
Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2° (Count-in)
Take 5 FS+FS 0:23   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (2nd FS only)+You'll Never Walk Alone
(Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2° (Count-in+FS+FS)
Take 6 FS+FS 0:15   You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 2°
Take 7 FS+LFS 0:47   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How
Great Thou Art Sess. 2°
Take 8 FS+LFS 0:35   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How
Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2° (Extra dialogue)
Take 9 FS+Comp 2:12   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Extra Dialogue)+So High (FTD)°° (Extra
Dialogue)~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°+Tape°°+You'll Never Walk Alone
(Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2° (Count-in)
Take 10 M 2:01   Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 13 (Sony)°°~Gospel Jubilee (Franklin
Mint Complete Masters Collection 11)°°~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 Volume 2°
(Count-in only)

In The Garden
TPA4 0918
  May 27 1966 (Fri: 4.00am - 7.00am)
Take 1 LFS+FS 0:53   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in+LFS+FS)~Where No One Stands
Alone (Reeltrax)° (Count-in & LFS only)~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1° (Count-in+LFS+FS)
Take 2 LFS 0:52   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
Take 3 M 3:17   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°°+How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
(Count-in only)+How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in & Complete)

Beyond The Reef
TPA4 0919
  May 27 1966 (Fri: 4.00am - 7.00am)
Take 1 FS+LFS 2:34   Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 3°°
(Count-in+FS+LFS+Dialogue)~There's Always Me Vol. 4°° (LFS only)
Take 2 (M) 3:05 (Overdubbed on August 9 1968) Comp. Elvis Presley Mast. 13 (Sony)°°~Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD)°°
~60's Box 3°°+Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°° (Different Mixes)

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.

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'. However, Love Letters has better ambience on 'From the Heart' or the first CD version of 'Gold Records Volume 4'.

An edited (2:00) version of Love Letters, with omitted verse ("I memorize ev'ry line, and I kiss the name that you sign, And darlin, then I read again right from the start, Love letters straight,from your heart."), was released in 1987 on the BMG Ariola release 'The Definitive Love Album'.

Take 2 of So High is listed on FTD's 'Easter Special' but we actually get Takes 2 and 3 which isn't listed.

The master of Farther Along is documented as being just Take 3 but there is a splice used, with one line from Take 2. The line used for the master ("When death has come, and") has been cut from the session tape and it is audible when listening to Take 2 on FTD's 'How Great Thou Art' Classic Album, as well as the bootlegs containing Take 2, where the line isn't there!

Takes 3 and 4 of Somebody Bigger Than You And I are listed on the bootleg 'Where No One Stands Alone' (Reeltrax) when in fact it's takes 1 and 2.

Take 1 of Beyond The Reef on "There's Always Me Volume 4" has the left and right channels swapped.

Thanks to Adrian V Stokes regarding the edited versions of songs on the BMG Ariola set of 'Definitive' albums.

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
Music Sheet
Farther Along
Farther Along (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Recording Information
May 26 1966
May 26 1966
Music Sheet
In The Garden
In The Garden (Thanks to Glen Johnson)

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