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.
A different take (NA2) of Memories, with
unique vocals, was released on FTD's 'Let Yourself
The full Stereo Master of Memories was
available on the 'Today, Tomorrow & Forever'
box set for the first time, as previous stereo
versions had been edited, with the 1972 'Elvis
On Tour' soundtrack being the most complete.
The 'This Is Elvis' soundtrack and 'Great Performances'
stereo version of Memories is edited like
0:12-0:19 of full master
0:24-2:20 of full master
2:42-2:58 of full master (early fade-out)
The 'On Tour' soundtrack version of Memories
is almost complete and edited like this:
0:13-0:21 of full master (fade in while overdubbed
applause being faded out)
0:21-3:06 of full master (end only missing the
final drum beats)
It's possible that the vocals of the "Acetate"
version of A Little Less Conversation,
released on 'Memories'' and 'The Complete '68
Comeback Special', were overdubbed in the evening
of June 24. A Little Less Conversation
is thought to be the eventually unused "Reprise"
version. The 'A Life in Music' information about
the March 7 'Live a Little, Love a Little' soundtrack
backing track (take 16) being used with replaced,
overdubbed vocals is incorrect. The track and
background vocals of the TV Special A Little
Less Conversation are unique and in a different,
lower, key. Neither is it close to the March 7
outtake or LP version. Although an acetate of
the instrumental and background vocal tracks of
the original 'Live a Little, Love a Little' version
was produced, and released on the bootleg LP 'The
'68 Comeback', it apparently wasn't overdubbed
at any stage during the production of the TV Special.
It was maybe used as a lead track to guide the
percussion when recording a new version. The drum
work of the June version is simplified, but fairly
synchronized with the March version.
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.