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May 27 / 28 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  
Piano: Henry Slaughter  
Bass / Harmonica / Guitar: Charlie McCoy  

Somebody Bigger Than You And I
  May 27 1966 (Fri: 7.00pm - 10.00pm)
Take 1 FS
0:04   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
Take 2 LFS 0:51 (Lower Key) Unsurp. Masters 3-11° (Faded)+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 1° (Count-in & extra dialogue)
Take 3 LFS 1:50   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How
Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
Take 4 Tryout 1:46 (Bridge Only) Unsurp. Masters 3-11° (Faded)+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1° (Count-in & extra dialogue)
Take 5 Tryout
+FS
0:44   You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1°
Take 6 FS 0:20   You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1°
Take 7 FS 0:17   You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1°
Take 8 LFS 1:54   Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How
Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1° (Count-in )
Take 9 FS 0:25   You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1°
Take 10 LFS 0:36   You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1°
Take 11 Complete 2:39   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~So High (FTD)°°~Where No One Stands
Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol 1° (Count-in)
~Unsurpassed Masters 3-11°
Take 12 Complete 2:46   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~Easter Special (FTD)°°~Unsurpassed
Masters 3-11°+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou
Art Sessions Volume 1° (Count-in)
Take 13 FS 0:21   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
Take 14 LFS 0:46   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in only)+Where No One Stands Alone
(Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
Take 15 FS+Comp 3:05   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~Close Up 3°° (Complete only)+Unsurpassed
Masters 3-11°(FS+Complete)+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol 1° (Count-in+FS+Comp.)
Take 16 (M) 2:33 (Used for Composite Master) Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1° (Part used for Master - cut from tape)+Tape° (Complete)

Somebody Bigger Than You And I (Work Part - Ending)
  May 27 1966 (Fri: 7.00pm - 10.00pm)
Take 1 LFS
0:37   Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1°
Take 2 LFS 1:36   Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1°
Take 3 LFS 1:08   Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1°
Take 4 Complete 1:25   Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1°
Take 5 Complete 1:28   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Extra dialogue)~Where No One Stands
Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 1°
Take 6 (M) 1:35 (Used for Composite Master) Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 1° (Part used for Master - cut from tape)+Tape° (Complete)

Somebody Bigger Than You And I (Composite)
TPA4 0920
   
Spliced M 2:26 (Composite of Take 16 & Work Part
Take 6
)
Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 13 (Sony)°°~Moved By Faith (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 13)°°~I Believe - The Gospel Masters 2°°
~How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~Peace In The Valley 1°°
~Amazing Grace°°

Without Him
TPA4 0921
  May 27 1966 (Fri: 10.00pm - 1.00am)
Take 1 Complete
3:07   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in)~So High (FTD)°°+Unsurpassed
Masters 4-12° (Dialogue from before Take 3)+Where No One Stands
Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2° (Count-in)
Take 2 FS 0:18   Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 2°
Take 3 FS 0:56   Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 2°
Take 4 FS+FS
+LFS
2:09   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (1st FS only)+Where No One Stands Alone
(Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol 2° ( (Count-in+FS+LFS)
Take 5 FS 0:14   Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 2°
Take 6 FS 0:11   Unsurpassed Masters 4-12°+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 2° (Count-in )
Take 7 LFS 1:16   Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 2°
Take 8 FS+Comp 2:52   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Comp. only)+Close Up 3°°~Unsurpassed
Masters 4-12°+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great
Thou Art Sessions Volume 2°
Take 9 FS 0:26   Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 2°
Take 10 FS+FS 0:20   Unsurpassed Masters 4-12°~Stand By Me Vol. 2° (Count-in & 1st FS)
+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 2° (Count-in+FS+FS)
Take 11 LFS 0:59   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2°
Take 12 M 2:32   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°°+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Vol. 1° (Dialogue)
Take 13 LFS 1:01   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2°
Take 14 Complete 2:35   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in)~Unsurpassed Masters 4-12°
+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 2° (Count-in)

If The Lord Wasn't Walking By My Side
TPA4 0922
  May 28 1966 (Sat: 1.00am - 5.00am)
Take 1 Complete
2:29   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~Today, Tomorrow & Forever 3°° (Listed as
Take 4)~Unsurp. Masters 4-12°+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2° (Count-in & extra dialogue)
Take 2 LFS 1:23   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2° (Extra dialogue)
Take 3 FS 0:22   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in)~You'll Never Walk Alone
(Reeltrax)°+How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2° (Count-in & extra
dialogue)~Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)° (Count-in only)
Take 4 Complete 1:45   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in)~Unsurpassed Masters 4-12°
+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 2° (Count-in)
Take 5 M 1:50   Complete 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)~Ultimate Gospel°°~Peace In The
Valley 1°°~Amazing Grace°° (Master)+You'll Never Walk Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2° (Count-in only)
Take 6 Complete 1:49   How Great Thou Art (FTD)°° (Count-in)~So High (FTD)°°+You'll Never
Walk Alone (Reeltrax)° (Not Listed)~Unsurpassed Masters 4-12°~How
Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2° (Count-in & extra dialogue)

Where Could I Go But To The Lord
TPA4 0923
  May 28 1966 (Sat: 1.00am - 5.00am)
Take 1 FS 0:32   Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°~How Great Thou Art Sessions
Volume 2°
Take 2 M 3:42   Complete Elvis Presley Masters 13 (Sony)°°~Moved By Faith (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 13)°°~I Believe - The Gospel Masters 2°°
~How Great Thou Art (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~Ultimate Gospel°°~Peace In The
Valley 1°°~Amazing Grace°°+Where No One Stands Alone (Reeltrax)°
~How Great Thou Art Sessions Volume 2° (Count-in only)+The Definitive
Gospel Album°° (Edited)

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.

Take 1 of If The Lord Wasn't Walking By My Side appears on 'Today, Tomorrow & Forever' but is wrongly listed as Take 4.

An edited (2:03) version of Where Could I Go But To The Lord, with omitted verses (Leaving only the first and last verse), was released in 1987 on the BMG Ariola release 'The Definitive Gospel Album'.

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
Where Could I Go But To The Lord
Where Could I Go (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Recording Information
May 27 1966
May 27 1966
 

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