The date is unknown when the Backup Vocal overdubs
were added to Only The Strong Survive
- A possible explanation of this could be as follows:-
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
Remixed versions of of Only The Strong Survive
and It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' can be
found on 'The Memphis Record'.
The takes of It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'
on "The American Way Volume 3" and Take
2 on "American Crown Jewels" have the
left and right channels swapped.
Just before take 2 of It Keeps Right On A
Hurtin' on 'Suspicious Minds - The Memphis
1969 Anthology' Elvis can be heard singing a line
of Only The Lonely.
An edited (2:01) version of It Keeps Right
On A-Hurtin', with omitted part of last verse
("It keeps right on a hurtin' every minute
of the day..." to "It keeps right on
a hurtin' since you're gone..."), was released
in 1987 on the BMG Ariola release 'The Definitive
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).
Thanks to Adrian V Stokes regarding the edited
versions of songs on the BMG Ariola set of 'Definitive'
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.