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March 5 & 6 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)

Decca Universal Studio, Universal City - Hollywood, California
Soundtrack Session for Universal's 'Change Of Habit'
Universal Producer: William Goldenberg
Engineers: Mel Metcalf / Phil Yen
(March 5: 7.00pm - 2.00am)
(March 6: 7.00pm - 2.00am)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar:
Dennis Budimir NA
Guitar: Michael Deasy  
Guitar: Howard Roberts  
Guitar: Robert Bain (Have A Happy)  
Bass: Joe Mondragon  
Bass: Lyle Ritz  
Bass: Max Bennett (Have A Happy)  
Bass: Carol Kaye (Change Of Habit - Overdub)  
Drums: Carl 'Cubby' O'Brien  
Piano: Roger Kellaway  

Rubberneckin'
(XPA5 1156)
M1  
(Take 2) (M) 2:10 (Planned re-use of Jan. 20 Master)
(MV1)
Soundtrack°

Change Of Habit
ZPA4 1058
M2 March 5 & 6 1969 (Wed & Thur)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6 M 3:19 (MB2) Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 18 (Sony)°°~Big Screen Drama (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 32)°°~Double Features - Live A Little,
Love A Little / Charro / The Trouble With Girls / Change Of Habit°°
~Memphis Tennessee° (LP - Acetate)

Change Of Habit (Movie Version)
  (M601) (September 3 1969)
Overdub (M) 2:15 (Original Bass removed and new
Bass overdubbed - Edited)
Soundtrack°

Let's Be Friends
M3 March 5 & 6 1969 (Wed & Thur)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3 (M)   (Used for Composite Master)(MB3)  

Let's Be Friends (Work Part - Ending)
M3 March 5 & 6 1969 (Wed & Thur)
Take NA (M)   (Used for Composite Master)(MV3)  

Let's Be Friends (Composite)
ZPA4 1057
M3  
Spliced M 2:42 (Composite of MB3-03 & Work Part -
Ending-NA
)(M3-SP)
Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 18 (Sony)°°~Big Screen Drama (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 32)°°~Double Features - Live A Little,
Love A Little / Charro / The Trouble With Girls / Change Of Habit°°

Unknown
M4
(Planned re-use of unknown song)
(Not Recorded / Not Used)

Let Us Pray
M5 March 5 & 6 1969 (Wed & Thur)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take NA PB      
Take 8 (M)   (MB5)  
         
Overdub PB 3:04 (Backup V.O.'s on March 26)
(Rejected)(MV5)
Memphis Tennessee° (Acetate)(Unique backup vocals)
Overdub (M) 3:08 (Backup V.O.'s on March 26)
(Alternate Master)(MV5)
Today, Tomorrow & Forever 3°°
         
Dubdown (M)   (Dubdown to Track of Take 8)
(Elvis' vocals erased - Backup
Vocals kept)
 
         
V.O. M 3:01 (Vocals re-recorded by Elvis
on September 26
)(MV5)
Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 18 (Sony)°°~Gospel Jubilee (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 11)°°~I Believe - The Gospel Masters 4°°
~Double Features - Live A Little, Love A Little / Charro / The Trouble
With Girls / Change Of Habit°°

Let Us Pray (Movie Version)
     
Overdub (M) 2:58 (Additional overdubbed backing vocals) Soundtrack° (with Chorus)

Have A Happy (Track)
M6 March 5 & 6 1969 (Wed & Thur)
Take NA (M)   (Vocal Overdub on March 6)(MB6)  

Have A Happy (Vocal Overdub)
ZPA4 1956
M6 March 5 & 6 1969 (Wed & Thur)
Take 1     (Vocal Overdub of March 5 Track)  
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7 M 2:20 (MV6) Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 18 (Sony)°°~Big Screen Drama (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 32)°°~Double Features - Live A Little,
Love A Little / Charro / The Trouble With Girls / Change Of Habit°°
~Memphis Tennessee° (LP - Acetate)

Have A Happy (Movie Version)
     
Overdub (M) 2:15 (Overdubbed instruments - Edited) Soundtrack°

Unknown
M7
(Planned re-use of unknown song)
(Not Recorded / Not Used)

Mine
(UPA4 2767)
M8
(Take 21) (M) (Planned re-use/re-recording of
September 11 1967 Master
)
(Not Recorded / Not Used)

Just For Old Time Sake
(N2WW 0689)
M9
(Take 5) (M) (Planned re-use/re-recording of
March 18 1962 Master
)
(Not Recorded / Not Used)

Notes

The movie version of Change Of Habit has the original bass removed and is redone by bassist Carol Kaye on September 3 1969 in post-production of the film.

It is a guess that the unknown production number M1 is the re-use of the January 20 master of Rubberneckin', as this re-use of Rubberneckin' could be any of the unknown production numbers M1, M4 or M7.

Two takes (MB5-NA & MB5-08) may have been considered as master for Let Us Pray, having backup vocals overdubbed to both takes individually on March 26 by 'The Blossoms' (Darlene Love; Jean King & Fanita James).
This is assumed because the backup vocals are totally different on Let Us Pray on the bootleg "Memphis Tennessee" from acetate, as opposed to the 'Alternate Master' (Take 8) on 'Today, Tomorrow & Forever', but the backing 'Track' is identical.
Take NA must have then been discarded, in favour of Take 8 being used for the master.

Elvis' vocals were then removed (Dubdown to Track) from Take 8, although the backing vocals were kept, and Elvis re-recorded new lead vocals on September 26 in Nashville.

The 'Movie Version' of Let Us Pray has extra backing vocals in the chorus, possibly recorded on the movie set (April 14-15 1969?).

The 'Movie Version' of Have A Happy has the intro edited and has additional overdubbed instruments.

RCA originally had the date of Elvis recording Let Us Pray as being September 22 1969.

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.

Thanks to Ernst Jørgensen for providing information on the missing production numbers.

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