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January 16 / 17 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 : Bill Vandevord

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar:
Scotty Moore The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Ray
Guitar: Jerry Reed Walker (from 1:00am - 5:00am)
Guitar: Chip Young  
Drums/Tambourine: D.J. Fontana  
Drums: Murrey 'Buddy' Harman  
Bass: Bob Moore  
Piano: Floyd Cramer  
Harmonica: Charlie McCoy  
Steel Guitar: Peter Drake  

Stay Away
  Jan. 16 1968 (Tue: 9.30pm - 2.00am)
Take 1 LFS
1:28 (Slow Version)
(Announced as "Evergreen")
Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (Count-in only)+Tape°~I'm Going Home°
(Count-In)~24 Carat Gold°
Take 2 FS+Comp 3:27   Long Lonely Highway (FTD)°+Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°~Latino°°~There's
Always Me Volume 2°°+Tape°+Tape°°~I'm Going Home°° (Count-In)
~24 Carat Gold° (Count-In+FS only - Not listed)
Jam   0:25 "Muleskinner Blues" Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°~So High (FTD)°~Tape°~There's Always Me
Volume 4°
Take 3 FS 0:39 (Fast Version)
"... entitled to one stupid ass mistake"
Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (Talking only - Not listed)+Tape°~There's Always
Me Volume 4°~I'm Going Home°
Take 4 LFS 2:06 "You got one more Chip, then that's
it for you darlin'..."
Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (Talking only - Not listed)+Tape°~I'm Going
Home° (Count-In+LFS)~There's Always Me Vol. 4° (Count-In+Talk only)
~24 Carat Gold°
Take 5 FS 0:11   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°+Tape°~A Legendary Performer Volume 6°
(Count-in)
Take 6 Complete 2:25   So High (FTD)°°+Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°~Tape°~I'm Going Home°
(Count-In)~24 Carat Gold°
Take 7 FS 0:17   Tape°~There's Always Me Volume 4°~I'm Going Home°
Take 8 FS 0:25   Tape°~There's Always Me Volume 4°~I'm Going Home°
Take 9 Complete
2:20   Tape°~I'm Going Home° (Count-In)~24 Carat Gold°
Take 10 FS 0:30   Tape°~A Legendary Performer Volume 6°
Take 11 FS+LFS 2:14 "You Belong To My Heart" Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (Count-in & LFS)+Tape°~There's Always Me
Volume 4°
Take 12 FS 0:15   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°+Tape°~I'm Going Home° (Count-In)~24 Carat
Gold°
Take 13 Complete 2:18   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (Count-in & Talking - Not listed)+Tape°~I'm Going
Home°~24 Carat Gold°
Take 14 Complete 2:31   Today, Tomorrow & Forever 3°°+Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°~Tape°
~There's Always Me Volume 4° (Count-in)
Take 15 (M) 2:42 (Undubbed Master) Tape°~I'm Going Home°~24 Carat Gold°

Stay Away (Overdub)
WPA1 1002
  Jan. 16 1968 (Tue: 9.30pm - 2.00am)
Take 1 Complete 2:16 (Guitar Overdub of Take 15
by Jerry Reed
)
Tape°~A Legendary Performer Volume 6°
Take 2 Complete 2:27   Tape°
Take 3 M 2:33 (W3KM 6600) Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 15 (Sony)°°
~Hollywood Hijinks (Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 29)°°
~Tomorrow Is A Long Time°°~Double Features - Kissin' Cousins /
Clambake / Stay Away, Joe°°+Tape° (Count-In)+Single° (Faded)

Stay Away (Movie Version)
  January 16 1968 (?)
Overdub (M) 2:19 (Harmonica 'Intro' / Faded at end) Soundtrack°

U.S. Male
WPA4 1807
  Jan. 17 1968 (Wed: 2.00am - 5.00am)
Take 1 FS 1:55   Tape°~There's Always Me Volume 2°~I'm Going Home°
Jam   1:04 "The Prisoner's Song" Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (Edited)+Tape°~There's Always Me Volume 2°
~I'm Going Home°
Take 2 2xFS+LFS
1:55   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (1st FS+LFS)+Tape°~I'm Going Home°
(2xFS+LFS)~There's Always Me Vol. 2° (LFS only - Listed as Take 4)
Take 3 FS+LFS 1:16   Tape°~I'm Going Home°
Take 4 LFS 2:10 "I wouldn't worry about it" Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (Talking only)+Tape°~I'm Going Home°
Take 5 LFS 1:56   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (LFS)+Tape°~I'm Going Home° (Count-in - Tape
cut - 0:40)
Take 6 FS+LFS 1:54   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (FS - Not listed)~Tape°~I'm Going Home°
(Count-In)~There's Always Me Volume 4°
Take 7 FS+Comp 2:59   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°~Today, Tomorrow & Forever 3°° (FS+Complete)
+Tape°~I'm Going Home° (Count-In+FS+Comp.)~Always Me Volume 4°
(Complete only)
Take 8 LFS 1:21   Tape°~I'm Going Home°
Take 9 2xFS+LFS 2:10   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (2nd FS+LFS)+There's Always Me Volume 4°
(Faded)+Tape° ~I'm Going Home°
Take 10 Complete 3:15 (Preceded by Rehearsal) Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°~Close Up 3°° (Faded)+Tape°~There's Always
Me Vol 4°~I'm Going Home°
Take 11 FS+Comp 3:26 "It's All Over Now" Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°° (Count-In+FS+PB & 1 Liner)~So High (FTD)°°
(Count-In+FS+PB - Faded)~Tape°~I'm Going Home° (Count-In+FS+PB
- Tape cut) ~24 Carat Gold° (PB/Complete only)
Take 12 M 2:42   Stay Away, Joe (FTD)°°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 15 (Sony)°°
~Rhythm & Blues (Franklin Mint Comp Masters Collection 9)°°~Elvis 75
- Good Rockin' Tonight 3 (Legacy)°°~Elvis 75 CD2°°~Tomorrow Is a Long
Time°°~The Legend Lives On 4 (Readers Digest)°°~60's Box 3°°
~Celluloid Rock 2-4°°+The Definitive Country Album°° (Edited)

Notes

The 'Jam' listed on FTD's 'So High' and the expanded soundtrack of 'Stay Away, Joe' is actually called "Muleskinner Blues".

Confusingly, on FTD's expanded soundtrack of 'Stay Away, Joe' we get the "Muleskinner Blues" jam (from after Take 2 of Stay Away), then the count-in for Take 1, then Take 2 of Stay Away. This is also the first official release of Take 2 in stereo.

The movie version of Stay Away has a long intro with harmonica and is also overdubbed at the beginning of the song.

The original temporary matrix numbers for these songs issued by RCA to M.G.M (W3KM 6599 & 6600) were later changed for record release by RCA. Strangely, for the takes of Goin' Home on 'Collectors Gold' the original film company custom Matrix Number W3KM 6599 was used instead of the Master Matrix Number WPA1 1001, for some reason.

An edited (2:12) version of U.S. Male, with omitted part of verse ("I catch you 'round my woman champ..." to "Quit playing games with this U.S. male..."), was released in 1987 on the BMG Ariola release 'The Definitive Country Album'.

The U.S. Male session can be found on the bootleg "I'm Going Home" (Stay Away Records) but has very bad noise reduction used. A much better source from tape is in circulation amongst collectors.

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.

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

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Stay Away
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January 15 - 17 1968
January 15 1968
 

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