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June 20 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)

Western Recorders Studio 1 - Hollywood, California
Soundtrack Session for NBC TV Special 'Elvis'
Producer : Steve Binder
Engineer: Bones Howe
(8.00pm - ?)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar:
Tommy Tedesco The Blossoms: Darlene Love; Jean King; Fanita James
Guitar: Michael Deasy Julie Rinker; B.J. Baker; Frank Howren; Bill Lee; Gene Merlino;
Guitar: Alvin Casey Thurl Ravenscroft; Bill Brown; Joe Eich; Elaine Black; Dean Parker;
Bass / Keyboards: Larry Knechtal Jack Gruberman; Sally Stevens; Jackie Ward; Ronald Hicklin; Tom Bahler;
Bass: Charles Berghofer Mitch Gordon
Drums: Hal Blaine  
Piano: Don Randi Orchestra:
Percussion: John Cyr Conductor: Billy Goldenberg
Percussion: Elliot Franks Arrangers: William Goldenberg / Jack Elliot
Bongo's: Frank DeVito Violin: Leonard Atkins; Leonard Malarsky; Sidney Sharp; Thelma Beach;
Harmonica: Tommy Morgan _Marvin Limonick; Joseph Stepansky; Alexander Murray; Ambrose Russo
Keyboard: Bob Alberti Cello: Eleanor Saltkin; Paul Bergstrom; Christine Walevska; Emmett
Keyboard: Tommy Wolfe _Sargeant; Richard Noel; Frank Rosolino; Ernest Tack
    Trombone: Francis Howard
    Trumpet: Oliver Mitchell; John Audino; Manny Stevens; Anthony Terran
    Saxophone: Anthony Ortega; Peter Christlies; John Kelso; Gene Cipriano
    French Horn: Dick Perrisi; William Hinshaw

Nothingville / Guitar Man (Part 1)
("Guitar Man's Evil" Section 1)
WPA1 8045
  June 20 1968 (Thur)
Warming Up 1:38   Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 1 FS
1:46   Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 2 FT      
Take 3 FT      
Take 4 FT      
Take 5 FS 0:47   Let Yourself Go (FTD)°°
Take 6 FT 1:14   Let Yourself Go (FTD)°° ('Nothingville' only - No 'Guitar Man')
Take 7 FS      
Take 8 FS      
Take 9 FS   "Hold. 1st Section two"  
Take 10 (M) 1:51 (Used for Road Medley)
(Filmed Playback - "Road #1" &
Vocal Overdub - "Alley" on June 30)
Memories°°

Let Yourself Go (Part 1)
("Guitar Man's Evil" Section 2)
  June 20 1968 (Thur)
Take 1 FT
2:12 (Used for Alternate Master) Let Yourself Go (FTD)°° (Listed as Part 2 Take 2)
Take 2 FS 0:32   Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 3 FS 1:27   Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 4 FS 1:14   Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 5 FS 0:21   Let Yourself Go (FTD)°°~Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 6 Complete 2:18 "Hold"
Let Yourself Go (FTD)°°+Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 7 (M) 1:59 (Used for Road Medley & Filmed
Playback on June 28
)
Memories°°+Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°° (3:02 - Spliced with ending
from composite master - "g-go")

Let Yourself Go (Part 1) - First Verse Female Vocal Overdub
June 20 1968 (Thur)
Take 1
0:52+ (Darlene Love Vocal Overdub of
Part 1-07)
(Filmed Playback on June 28)
The '68 Comeback (Deluxe DVD)°

Flicker Routine / Let Yourself Go (Part 2) / Alley Pickup
("Guitar Man's Evil" Section 3)
  June 20 1968 (Thur)
Take 1 FS
     
Take 2 FT 0:51+ "+ Section 2 Take 1 edited together"
(Used for Alternate Master)
A Legendary Performer Volume 3°° (Edited)
Take 3 LFS      
Take 4 FT 1:19    
Take 5 FS      
Take 6 FT 1:32   Let Yourself Go (FTD)°°
Take 7 (M) 1:22 (Used for Road Medley & Filmed
Playback on June 28
)
Memories°°

Let Yourself Go (Composite)
WPA1 8112
   
Spliced (M) 2:37 (Alternate Master - Spliced from
Part 1-01 & Part 2-02)
Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 28 (Sony)°°~The Complete '68 Comeback
Special CD1°°~A Legendary Performer Volume 3°°
Spliced M 2:42 (Record Version - Spliced from
Part 1-07 & Part 2-07)(First Bar
(0:01s) & End (10s) is edited)
NBC TV Special ('91 CD)°°

Guitar Man (Part 2 - Fast)
("Escape" Section 1)
  June 20 1968 (Thur)
Take 1 FS
0:56 "I nearly starved" Let Yourself Go (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS 0:54   Let Yourself Go (FTD)°° (Count-in)+Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°° (0:41)
Take 3 LFS 0:54   Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 4 FS 0:47   Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 5 FS 1:01   Let Yourself Go (FTD)°°+Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 6 FT 0:48   Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 7 FS 0:56   Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 8 FS 0:49 "Hold"
(Not Used - Remake on June 21)
Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°

Calliope Carnival
("Escape" Section 2)
June 20 1968 (Thur)
Take 1 FT
0:33 Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 2 (M) 0:13 (Used for Road Medley - before
"Big Boss Man")
(Filmed Playback on June 27)
Memories°° (Without Announcer)+NBC TV Special ('91 CD)°°~(24 Bit)°

Big Boss Man
("Escape" Section 3)
WPA1 8046
  June 20 1968 (Thur)
Take 1 Incomp. 1:24 "Are you horny tonight"
Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 2 FT 2:00 "When the swallows come back to
Capistrano"
Let Yourself Go (FTD)°° (1:48)+Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 3 (M) 1:04 (Used for Road Medley)
(Filmed Playback on June 27)
Memories°°~NBC TV Special ('91 CD)°°~(24 Bit)°

It Hurts Me (Part 1)
("Escape" Section 4)
  June 20 1968 (Thur)
Take 1 FT/Incomp
1:59 "...he'll never change" Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°° (Spliced - "After Karate Sect. 1" Take 1)
+Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°° (Complete)
Take 2 FS 0:34   Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 3 FS 0:28   Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 4 FS 1:01   Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 5 FT/Incomp 1:57   Let Yourself Go (FTD)°°+Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 6 FS 1:02   Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 7 (M) 1:47 (Used for Road Medley & Composite
Master
)
(Filmed Vocal Overdub & Playback
on June 27
)
Memories°°~NBC TV Special ('91 CD)°°+Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
(Count-in only)

Notes

The TV Special album masters from the June 20-24 sessions on BMG's remastered 2-CD set 'Memories' from 1998 are interesting, as the bass is a bit boosted, a little midrange is perhaps missing in the equalization and the pitch is about 1.5% too slow, but these are minor, reversible details.

Let Yourself Go as first released by RCA on 'A Legendary Performer Volume 3' and more recently on 'The Complete '68 Comeback Special' is actually different from start to finish as opposed to the version on the 1991 CD 'NBC TV Special'. The ending is obviously edited with the word "go" being interrupted before the spliced part begins ("g---go"). It sounds as if the take may have been close to a breakdown just before the repaired ending.

Let Yourself Go on FTD's 'Let Yourself Go' is incorrectly listed as "Part 1 - takes 5 and 6 + Part 2 - take 2 + Part 3 - take 6". The listing should read :- "Part 1 / Section 2 - takes 5 and 6 + Part 1 / Section 2 - take 1 + Part 2 / Section 3 - take 6".

Section 2 Take 1 are the first three verses of the Master, and Section 3 Take 2 is the rest of the Master of Let Yourself Go on 'A Legendary Performer Volume 3', 'The Complete '68 Comeback Special' and the 2007 Sony Remaster.

Before Take 2 of Big Boss Man Elvis can be heard singing "Are you horny tonight" and after Take 2 a line of "When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano" is heard.

It Hurts Me on 'A Legendary Performer Volume 3' and CD1 of 'The Complete '68 Comeback Special' has different vocals on the last word "...you", as opposed to the version on the 1991 CD 'NBC TV Special'. The string ending is also unique on 'A Legendary Performer Volume 3', 'The Complete '68 Comeback Special' and the 2007 Sony Remaster. It is edited near 1:41, before and after where the instrumental break is edited on the Master.

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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