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June 22 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
(2.00pm - ?)

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

Up Above My Head / I Found That Light / Saved (Intro)
("Gospel" Section 2)
WPA1 8040
  June 22 1968 (Sat)
Take 12 FS
  (Continued from June 21)  
Take 13 (M) 1:38 (Used for Gospel Medley)
(Filmed Playback on June 28)
Memories°°~NBC TV Special ('91 CD)°°~(24 Bit)°

Saved (Part 1) / Preach For The Sky / Saved (Part 2)
("Gospel" Section 3)
WPA1 8041
  June 22 1968 (Sat)
Take 1 Complete
4:17   Easter Special (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS      
Take 3 FT      
Take 4 FT 4:25   Let Yourself Go (FTD)°°
Take 5 FT/Comp   "Hold" (Used for spliced master)  
Take 6 Complete   (Used for spliced Master) Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°° (In pieces)
         
Spliced (M) 4:19 (Spliced from Takes 6 & 5) (Edited)
(Used for Gospel Medley)
(Filmed Playback on June 28)
Memories°°~Elvis Chante Leiber & Stoller°° (CD2) (Encore Ending)
~NBC TV Special ('91 CD)°°~Peace In The Valley 3°°~Elvis Chante
Leiber & Stoller°° (CD1)~(24 Bit)° (2:55)+Elvis Sings Leiber & Stoller (LP)°
(Edited Intro)

Gospel Medley (Composite)
     
Spliced M 9:00 Composite of:- Memories°°~Peace In The Valley 3°° (Full Length - Extra Ending)~Singer
Presents Elvis (Venus)°° (8.42)(Count-in & Dialogue at end)~Complete
Elvis Presley Masters 16 (Sony)°° (7.32)~Complete '68 Comeback Special
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 7)°° (7:32)~The Complete '68
Comeback Special CD1°° (7:32)~I Believe - Gospel Masters 4°° (7:32)
~NBC TV Special ('91 CD)°° (7:32)~(24 Bit)° (6:38)
    3:03 Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child / (Not on Original Master)
      Where Could I Go But To The Lord / Yes, Yes, Yes / Up Above My Head (Intro) (Gospel Section 1-07)
    1:38 Up Above My Head / I Found That Light / Saved (Intro) (Gospel Section 2-13)
    4:19 Saved (Part 1) /
Preach For The Sky /
(Edited on Original Master)
Saved (Part 2) (Gospel Section 3-SP) (Encore Ending edited on Original Master)

Trouble / Guitar Man
("Guitar Man Opening")
WPA1 8030 / WPA1 8047
  June 22 1968 (Sat)
Take 1 FT/Comp
4:00   Today, Tomorrow & Forever 3°° (3:43)+Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 2 FS 0:50   Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 3 FT/Incomp 3:05   Singer Presents Elvis (Venus)°°
Take 4 FS      
Take 5 FS      
Take 6 FS 1:43   Let Yourself Go (FTD)°°
Take 7 FT 3:43   Let Yourself Go (FTD)°°
Take 8 FS
     
Take 9 FS      
Take 10 FS      
Take 11 FS      
Take 12 FS      
Take 13 LFS      
Take 14 FT 3:40    
Take 15 FT 3:49    
Take 16 FS      
Take 17 FS      
Take 18 LFS      
Take 19 FT 3:04 "Ending incomplete" (Ending of 'Guitar Man' used for spliced master)
Take 20 FS      
Take 21 FT / (M) 2:55 "Hold" ('Trouble' used for spliced master) (WPA1 8030)
Take 22 FS
     
Take 23 FS      
Take 24 FS      
Take 25 FS      
Take 26 Complete 3:00    
Take 27 FS      
Take 28 LFS      
Take 29 FS      
Take 30 FS      
Take 31 FS      
Take 32 (M)   "Intro Incomplete - Ending only" ('Guitar Man' used for spliced master) (WPA1 8047)
         
Spliced M 3:25 (Spliced from Take 21 - 'Trouble' &
Takes 32 and ending of Take 19 -
'Guitar Man')
(Filmed Vocal Overdub of 'Trouble'
& Playback of 'Guitar Man' - "Opening
Section #1"
, "Opening Section #3",
"Guitar Inserts" & "Stills" on June 30)
Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 16 (Sony)°°~The Complete '68 Comeback
Special (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 7)°°~The Complete
'68 Comeback Special CD1°°~Memories°°~NBC TV Special (24 Bit)°
~This Is Elvis (FTD)°°

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.

With the release of 'Memories - The '68 Comeback Special' in 1998 we finally got the full version of the 'Gospel Medley', however, different edited releases of the 'Gospel Medley' are as follows:-

'Elvis - NBC TV Special' Original Release (1968) (Edited - 6 minutes 38 seconds)
'Where Could I Go But To The Lord / Yes, Yes, Yes / Up Above My Head (Intro)' - (Gospel - Section 1)
'Up Above My Head / I Found That Light / Saved (Intro)' - (Gospel - Section 2)
'Saved (Part 1) / Preach For The Sky (Edited) / Saved (Part 2 - Edited)' - (Gospel - Section 3)

'Elvis - NBC TV Special' CD Release (1991) (Edited - 7 minutes 32 seconds)
'Where Could I Go But To The Lord / Yes, Yes, Yes / Up Above My Head (Intro)' - (Gospel - Section 1)
'Up Above My Head / I Found That Light / Saved (Intro)' - (Gospel - Section 2)
'Saved (Part 1) / Preach For The Sky / Saved (Part 2 - Edited)' - (Gospel - Section 3)

'Memories - The '68 Comeback Special (1998) (Complete - 9 minutes)
'Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child / Where Could I Go But To The Lord / Yes, Yes, Yes / Up Above My Head (Intro)' - (Gospel - Section 1)
'Up Above My Head / I Found That Light / Saved (Intro)' - (Gospel - Section 2)
'Saved (Part 1) / Preach For The Sky / Saved (Part 2 - Complete)' - (Gospel - Section 3)

The original LP edit of Saved runs slightly faster compared to the Master on 'Memories' and 'Peace In The Valley', and is edited as follows:-
0:00-1:54 (Original NBC TV Special LP) = 0:00-1:57 (Memories)
1:55-2:35 (Original NBC TV Special LP) = 2:17-2:59 (Memories)
2:35-2:53 (Original NBC TV Special LP) = 3:40-3:58 (Memories)

The Master of Saved that appeared only on the LP version of 'Elvis Sings Leiber & Stoller' has a different intro edited in. "I used t..." from "I used to smoke" is edited in before "Drink".

The full length Gospel Medley on the Venus release "Singer Presents Elvis" has a count-in and additional dialoge at the end, but doesn't have the extra ending as the full length version on 'Memories' and 'Peace In The Valley' has.

On the CD 'Elvis Chante Leiber & Stoller' are two versions of Saved. One is the regular edited Master (but with left and right channels reversed) that appeared on the original 'NBC TV Special' album, and the other is the longer Master with 'Encore Ending' that was released on 'Memories'.

What is listed as being an alternate take of Saved on the Venus release "Singer Presents Elvis" is what’s left from take 6 after the parts used for the spliced master were physically cut from the tape. The master appears to be spliced from take 5 (around 30 seconds) / take 6 / ending of take 5.

All originally released versions of Trouble (WPA1 8030) and Guitar Man (WPA1 8047) were assigned the same matrix numbers.

'Sessions III' indicates that the Master of Trouble (Used with Guitar Man) is Take 19, but the Master is listed as Take 21 in 'A Life In Music'.

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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