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October 1 1967
(+ 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 'Stay Away, Joe'
MGM Producer: Jeffrey Alexander
Producer : Felton Jarvis
Engineer : Al Pachucki

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar:
Scotty Moore The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Ray
Guitar: Chip Young Walker
Drums: D.J. Fontana  
Drums: Murrey 'Buddy' Harman  
Bass: Bob Moore  
Piano: Floyd Cramer  
Harmonica: Charlie McCoy  
Fiddle: Gordon Terry  

Stay Away, Joe (Movie Version)
  October 1 1967 (Sun)
Take 1 FS
0:22   Come What May°
Take 2 Complete 1:56   Come What May°
Take 3 FS 0:32   A Legendary Performer Volume 7°
Take 4 FS 1:16   A Legendary Performer Volume 7°
Take 5 LFS 1:46   Come What May°
Take 6 FS 0:22   Come What May°
Take 7   0:14+   Come What May° (Announcement Only)
Take 8 Complete 1:49   A Legendary Performer Volume 7°~Come What May°
Take 9 Complete 1:46   Come What May°
Take 10 FS 0:42   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°
Take 11        
Take 12 FS 0:25   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°
Take 13 Complete 1:50   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°
Take 14        
Take 15 LFS 0:47   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°
Take 16 LFS 1:16   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°
Take 17 (M) 1:44   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (Count-in)~Almost In Love (1st Camden LP)°°
~Soundtrack°
Take 18        
Take 19        

Stay Away, Joe (Record Version - Track)
  October 1 1967 (Sun)
Take 1        
Take 2 (M)   (Used for Composite Track)  

Stay Away, Joe (Record Version Intro - Track)
  October 1 1967 (Sun)
Take NA (M)   (Used for Composite Track)  

Stay Away, Joe (Record Version - Composite Track)
   
Spliced (M)   (Spliced from Take 2 & Intro-NA)
(Vocal Overdub later)
 

All I Needed Was The Rain (Track)
  October 1 1967 (Sun)
Take 1        
Take 2 FS 0:25 "All you need is rain..." Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°
Take 3 (M) 0:16+ (Vocal Overdub later) Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (Count-in)

Stay Away, Joe (Record Version - Vocal Overdub)
ZPA4 1054
  October 1 1967 (Sun)
Take NA M 1:40 (Vocal Overdub of Composite Track)
(U3KM 2246)
Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 15 (Sony)°°
~Hollywood Hijinks (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 29)°°
~Let's Be Friends°°~Double Features - Kissin' Cousins / Clambake / Stay
Away, Joe°°

All I Needed Was The Rain (Vocal Overdub)
WPA1 8026
  October 1 1967 (Sun)
Take NA M 2:32 (Vocal Overdub of Track-03)
(U3KM 2247)
Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 15 (Sony)°°
~Hollywood Hijinks (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 29)°°
~Elvis Sings Flaming Star°°~Double Features - Kissin' Cousins / Clambake
/ Stay Away, Joe°° (1:49)+Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (Original Mix - with
count-in for Takes 2 & 3 of 'Track', and longer ending)

All I Needed Was The Rain (Movie Version)
   
Overdub (M) 2:21 (Additional overdubbed instruments) Soundtrack°

Dominic
WPA5 2503
  October 1 1967 (Sun)
Take 1 LFS 0:39   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 1:48   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°
Take 3 FS 0:15   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°
Take 4        
Take 5 M 1:52 (U3KM 2248) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 15 (Sony)°°~Double Features - Kissin'
Cousins/Clambake/Stay Away, Joe°°+Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (Count-in)

Notes

The live recording of Stay Away, Joe that was released by mistake on the first Camden 'Almost in Love' LP is actually the movie version of the song. So contrary to conclusions made in "A Life in Music" ("Elvis sang nineteen takes with the band with no success."), take 17 probably was considered a success by M.G.M.

The different mix of All I Needed Was The Rain on FTd's 'Stay Away, Joe' expanded soundtrack is done by going back to the original 3 (or 4?) track reels with the benefit of getting more definition and more detail out of the track, as opposed to the 2 track masters.

The additional instruments used for the movie version of All I Needed Was The Rain were most likely overdubbed the following week using L.A. musicians.

The original temporary matrix numbers for these songs issued by RCA to M.G.M (U3KM 2246-48) were later changed for record release by RCA. Strangely, the temporary matrix numbers are used on FTD's expanded soundtrack of 'Stay Away, Joe' instead of RCA's master matrix numbers.

In the movie Elvis sings a couple of lines of Lovely Mamie recorded on the movie set.

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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