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January 15 / 16 1968
(+ 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'
& Studio Session for RCA (Double Session)
Producer : Felton Jarvis
Engineer : Al Pachucki

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

Too Much Monkey Business
  Jan. 15 1968 (Mon: 7.00pm - 12.00am)
Take 1 FS 0:15   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°
Take 2        
Take 3 LFS 2:14   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°
Take 4 FS
1:06+ (Preceded by Rehearsal) Elvis By The Presleys°°~So High (FTD)°° (Rehearsal only - 0:59)
+Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (Count-in & Rehearsal only - Not listed)
Take 5        
Take 6 LFS 0:38   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (Not Listed)
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9 FS+Comp 2:46   Long Lonely Highway (FTD)°° (FS+Complete)+Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°
(Count-in+Complete)
Take 10 Complete 3:28 "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" Elvis By The Presleys°°~So High (FTD)°°+Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°
(Count-in)
Take 11        
Take 12 FS 0:23   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°
Take 13        
Take 14 (M)   (Undubbed Master)  

Too Much Monkey Business (Overdub)
WPA4 1800
  Jan. 15 1968 (Mon: 7.00pm - 12.00am)
Take 1     (Guitar Overdub of Take 14 by Jerry Reed)
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5 M 2:33 (LPA5 5816) Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 15 (Sony)°°
~The Nashville Sessions (Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 27)°°
~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 3 (Legacy)°°~Elvis Sings Flaming Star°°
~60's Box 3°°~Tomorrow Is A Long Time°°+This Is Elvis°° (Edit)
+Celluloid Rock 2-4°° (Part of Count-In)

Goin' Home
WPA1 1001
  Jan. 16 1968 (Tue: 12.00am - 5.15am)
Take 1        
Take 2 FS
0:43+ (Talk only) The American Way Volume 5°
Take 3 FS 1:28   The American Way Volume 5°
Take 4 FS 0:34   The American Way Volume 5°
Take 5 Complete 2:33 (Fooling around) The American Way Volume 5°
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9 FS
0:48   The American Way Volume 5°
Take 10 FS 0:36 "worst fucking song I ever heard" The American Way Volume 5°
Take 11 FS 0:39   The American Way Volume 5°
Take 12 FS 1:05 "I'm gonna start playing with my peter" Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (Edited)+The American Way Volume 5°
Take 13        
Take 14 LFS
0:41 "He feels like shit" The American Way Volume 5°
Take 15   0:04+ (Announcement only) The American Way Volume 5°
Take 16 LFS 1:26 "where the eagles shit" The American Way Volume 5°°
Take 17 FS 1:16 "Don't know what to do to improve it" Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (After Take 12)~Collectors Gold 2°° (Talk only
- Not listed)+The American Way Volume 5°°
Take 18 4xFS 0:24 "I go on golden time in three minutes" Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (Last FS only)+The American Way Volume 5°°
Take 19 LFS 1:57 "fuck the fever, man..." Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (Talk only - Not listed)+The American Way Vol 5°°
Take 20 FS 0:35   The American Way Volume 5°°
Take 21 Complete 2:23   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°~Collectors Gold 2°°+Tape°°~Going Home°°~I'm
Going Home°° (Count-In)~The American Way Volume 5°° (Count-In only)
Take 22 FS
0:28   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°+The American Way Volume 5°°
Take 23 (In)Comp 0:40+ "Talking in unknown tongues" Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°~Collectors Gold 2°° (Talk only - Not listed)
+The American Way Volume 5°° (Tape cut)
Take 24 FS 0:50 "I Got A Woman - Heartbreak Hotel" Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°~Collectors Gold 2°°+The American Way Vol. 5°°
Take 25 (In)Comp 1:28+   The American Way Volume 5°° (Tape cut)
Take 26/28 FS 1:25 (Announced as Take 26 then 28)
"Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow"
Collectors Gold 2°° (Talk only - Not listed)+Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (Talk)
+The American Way Volume 5°° (Tape cut)
Take 29 Complete 2:27   The American Way Volume 5°° (Intro only)+Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°
~So High (FTD)°°
Take 30 M 2:30 (W3KM 6599) Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 15 (Sony)°°
~Hollywood Hijinks (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 29)°°
~Tomorrow Is A Long Time°°~60's Box 3°°~Speedway (LP)°°~Double
Features - Kissin' Cousins / Clambake / Stay Away, Joe°°

Notes

During the Too Much Monkey Business session, we get to hear some pre-song banter between Elvis and the guys and we get a snippet of Elvis singing “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”, as well as Elvis joking with Jerry Reed about the song “Tupelo Mississippi Flash”.

On FTD's 'Stay Away, Joe" soundtrack album Track 9 is listed as being Takes 1, 3 & 9, but what we actually get is Takes 1, 3, 4 (Rehearsal only), 6 & 9.

An obscure bootleg CD-R entitled "Escondido" has what appears to be the first half of the Goin' Home session taken from an acetate source. On further inspection, it's only some of the first half of the session, and the takes are in the wrong running order - Takes 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 (Announcement only), 9, 10 (Announcement only), 5, 3, 4, 5 (Announcement only), 2, 3 (Announcement only). This first half of the session can also be found on the bootleg "The American Way Volume 5 - Going Home To Memphis" in a much improved sound quality and in the correct order.

Takes 16 to 26 (28) of Goin' Home can be found on the bootlegs "Going Home" (Audifon) and "I'm Going Home" (Stay Away Records) but have very bad noise reduction used. This second half of the session can also be found on the bootleg "The American Way Volume 5 - Going Home To Memphis" in a much improved sound quality.

Elvis can be heard singing part of the song "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" by The Rivingtons during take 26/28 of Goin' Home, and also makes reference to the song during earlier takes too.

Thanks to Emrah Çoruh for information regarding the song "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow".

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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