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January 20 / 21 1969
(+ 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)

American Sound Studio - Memphis, Tennessee
Producers : Felton Jarvis / Chips Moman
Engineer: Al Pachucki
Technician: Roy Shockley

Musicians:   Harmony Vocal:
Guitar: Elvis Presley Elvis Presley (Gentle On My Mind)
Guitar: Reggie Young Ronnie Milsap (Gentle On My Mind)(March 20?)
Steel Guitar: John Hughey (Rubberneckin' & In The Ghetto)
Drums: Gene Chrisman  
Organ: Bobby Emmons  
Bass: Tommy Cogbill  
Bass: Mike Leech  
Piano: Bobby Wood  

In The Ghetto
XPA5 1154
  January 20 1969 (Mon: 9.00pm - 12.00am)
Take 1 PB
3:36 (Low Key) From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (2:56)+The American Way Volume 1°
~Finding The Way Home° (1-13-2)~A Legendary Performer Volume 7°
Take 2 FS+LFS 1:50 (Preceded by Rehearsal) From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°+The American Way Volume 1°~Finding
The Way Home° (1-13-1)
Take 3 FS+PB 3:14 "Number Three" From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (Count-in & PB)~Platinum 3°° (PB)
~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis '69 Anthology°° (PB)~In The Ghetto
(2007 Single)°° (PB) ~American Crown Jewels° (PB)+The American Way
Volume 1° (FS+PB)
Take 4 PB 3:01   From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~60's Box 5°°+The American Way Vol. 1°
(Count-in)
Take 5 LFS 0:39 (High Key) The American Way Volume 1°~A Legendary Performer Volume 7°
Take 6 LFS 0:42   The American Way Volume 1°~A Legendary Performer Volume 7°
Take 7 LFS 1:28   The American Way Volume 1°~Finding The Way Home° (2-3-1)
Take 8 FS 0:29   The American Way Volume 1°~Finding The Way Home° (2-3-2)
Take 9 FS+LFS 0:42   The American Way Vol. 1° (SFS+LFS)~Finding The Way Home° (2-3-3 -
LFS Only)
Take 10 LFS 1:38   The American Way Volume 1°~Finding The Way Home° (2-3-4)
Take 11 PB 3:18 (Preceded by Rehearsal) From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~Memphis Sessions (FTD)°° (PB)~Elvis
Then & Now°° (PB)~The American Way Vol. 1° (PB)~Finding The Way
Home° (2-3-5 & 2-4-1 - PB)
Take 12 LFS 0:10+   The American Way Volume 1° (Count-in & beginning only - Faded)
Take 13 SFS+PB 2:53   From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (PB Complete)+Made In Memphis (FTD)°°
(PB - Faded)
Take 14 LFS      
Take 15 LFS      
Take 16 LFS   (Preceded by Rehearsal)  
Take 17 Reh'sal      
Take 18 Reh'sal      
Take 19 SFS+PB 3:07   From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°°+Today, Tomorrow & Forever 3°°
(Complete/Playback only - Listed as Take 20)
Take 20 SFS+PB 3:04 "The caissons go rolling along" From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (PB)
Take 21 SFS      
Take 22 (M)   (Undubbed / Unrepaired Master)  
         
V.O. (M) 3:06 Vocals replaced on January 22 From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°° (Complete)~E1 (30 #1 Hits DVD-A)°
~A Legendary Performer Volume 3° (Bootleg) (Part Only 1:34 - Isolated
Vocal Replacement)
Overdub (Take 22) 2:55 Backup V.O's on January 24
(Not Used)
Keep Rollin' On (Venus)° (Count-in)~Draft Mix Tape° (Tr'k 15)~American
Rejects° (Unrepaired Vocals)
Overdub (M)   Backup V.O's on January 24  
Overdub (M)   String overdubs on March 18 (Aft)  
Overdub M 2:47 Brass overdubs on March 18 (Eve)
(SPA1 4137)
From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°
~Songs Of The Sixties (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 2)°°
~Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight 3 (Legacy)°°~Elvis 75 CD3°°~From
Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°°~From Elvis In Memphis°°~Comp. Single
Collection 6°°~E1 (30 #1 Hits)°°~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969
Anthology°°~60's Box 4°°+The Memphis Record°°+The Other Side Of
Memphis°°+From Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°

Gentle On My Mind (Vocal Overdub)
XPA5 1155
  January 20 1969 (Mon: 9.00pm - 12.00am)
V.O. (M) 3:29 Vocal Replacement / Repair
of January 15 Track
From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°+The American Way Volume 5°
~Draft Mix Tape° (Track 5)~Edge Of Reality°~A Legendary Performer
Volume 3° (Bootleg) (Different Mix with prominent Organ present)
V.O. (M)   Harmony Vocal Overdub by Elvis  
         
Overdub (M)   Brass overdubs on March 18 (Eve)  
Overdub (M)   String overdubs on March 19 (Aft)  
Overdub (M)   Band overdubs on March 20  
Overdub M 3:22 Backup V.O's on March 25 (Evening ?)
(SPA1 4131)
From Elvis In Memphis (FTD)°°~Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°
~Country Legend (Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 18)°°~From
Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°°~Great Country Songs (DSD)°°~From Elvis
In Memphis°°~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60's
Box 4°°~Behind Closed Doors°° (Acetate)+The Other Side Of Memphis°°
+The Memphis Record°° (Different Mix)

Rubberneckin'
XPA5 1156
  January 21 1969 (Tue: 1.00am - 4.00am)
Take 1 FS 0:39   From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°° (0:21)+The American Way Vol 1°°
~Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°
Take 2 (M) 3:17 (Undubbed Master)
(Preceded by Rehearsal & one-liner
"Our Love & Aloha")
From Elvis At American Sound (FTD)°° (2:29)+The American Way Vol 1°°
~Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°°~Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969
Anthology°° (1-liner only - Before Take 16 of You'll Think Of Me)
         
Overdub (M) 2:04 Backup V.O's between Jan 22-24

 

Draft Mix Tape° (Track 14)~Edge Of Reality°
Overdub M 2:11 Brass overdubs on March 19 (Eve)
(SPA1 4129)
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 17 (Sony)°°~The Memphis Sessions
(Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 33)°°~From Elvis At American
Sound (FTD)°°~Complete Single Collection 7°°~Suspicious Minds - The
Memphis 1969 Anthology°°~60's Box 4°°+The Memphis Record°°
+Unsurpassed Masters 4-15°° (3 Mixes)+From Elvis In Memphis (Legacy)°

Notes

RCA's official session logs incorrectly list the session times of some songs recorded:-
In The Ghetto is listed as being recorded (21st) 1.00am - 4.00am instead of (20th) 9.00pm - 12.00am
Rubberneckin' is listed as being recorded (20th) 9.00pm - 12.00am instead of (21st) 1.00am - 4.00am

There are two draft mono mix tapes, of which at least one is dated February 28, 1969. A tape log of a later tape copy of both these tapes (except for the last three tracks of the second tape - Don't Cry Daddy, A Little Bit Of Green & You'll Think Of Me) was shown in the magazine 'The Man and His Music' #13 listed as 'Basic + Alt. Vocals'. This source is referred to as the 'Draft mix tape'. This mono tape was actually the source of the 1992 bootleg 'American Rejects' (AR 1569), although the notes claimed acetate source for that. 

Elvis' vocals on Gentle On My Mind were erased, and dubbed down to a Rhythm Track before Elvis re-recorded his vocal on January 20.

The date is unknown when the Backup Vocal overdubs were added to Gentle On My Mind. 'Sessions III' lists Gentle On My Mind as having Backup Vocals overdubbed on January 23, but the session log shows that as of February 4 (Date of the Job Number) no backup vocals had been overdubbed.

There is a page missing from the session logs between March 25 and May 5 1969, and as there appears to have been no backup vocals overdubbed to any songs in May (Apart from May 6 & 7 where Brass was also overdubbed) it is safe to assume that it is from March. The date of the job number at the bottom of the March 25 overdub session log is March 28, so it would be safe to assume that this missing overdub session would be before March 28. The March 25 overdub session was for "Strings" and "Backup Vocals" and was held from 2.00pm until 5.00pm but it may well be that another session was held in the evening of March 25 but just for the backup vocalists (Sonja Montgomery, Millie Kirkham, Dolores Edgin, Hurshell Wigington and Joe Babcock) to add their vocals to the missing six tracks.

Remixed versions of Gentle On My Mind and Rubberneckin' can be found on 'The Memphis Record'.

By taking out two of the four channels from the rare Japanese Quadraphonic LP of 'From Elvis In Memphis' is how the "Previously Unreleased Versions" were created on the bootleg "The Other Side Of Memphis" (Bilko).

Different remixed versions of In The Ghetto can be found on 'Elvis 30 #1 Hits (E1)' and 'The Memphis Record'.

Elvis sings one line of "Our Love And Aloha" (Ernie Menehune - Roadrunner Records 1313 in 1958) before Take 2 of Rubberneckin'. Thanks to Bob Crane for identifying the one-liner Elvis is singing before take 2 of Rubberneckin'.

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.

Session Logs
Recording Information
January 20 1969
January 20 1969
Draft Mix Tape
Basic & Alt. Vocals
Draft Mix Tape
 

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