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March 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 'Change Of Habit'
Universal Producer: William Goldenberg
Engineers: Mel Metcalf / Phil Yen
(7.00pm - 2.00am)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:

Let Us Pray (Vocal Overdub)
MV5 March 6 1969 (Thur)
Take 1     (Vocal Overdub of March 5 Track)  
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take NA PB      
Take 8 (M)      
Overdub PB 3:04 (Backup V.O.'s on March 26)
Memphis Tennessee° (Acetate)(Unique backup vocals)
Overdub (M) 3:08 (Backup V.O.'s on March 26)
(Alternate Master)
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
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 (Vocal Overdub)
ZPA4 1956
MV6 March 6 1969 (Thur)
Take 1     (Vocal Overdub of March 5 Track)  
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7 M 2:20   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°


It is a guess that Elvis added his vocal overdub to Let Us Pray (MB5/MV5?) and Have A Happy (MB6/MV6) this night. Credibility is given to this theory in the liner notes of 'Today, Tomorrow & Forever' where it states that Let Us Pray was recorded on March 5 & 6. Until this release the recording date has always been stated as just March 5.

Two takes (MV5-NA & MV5-08) 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 (Dub Down to Track) from Take 8, although the backing vocals were kept, and Elvis re-recorded new lead vocals on September 26 in Nashville.

However, this is only a guess and does not explain why Have a Happy is listed as having production number MV6, rather than the expected MB6 (see 'A Life in Music'). 'MV' instead of 'MB' may imply vocal overdub, which could make Let Us Pray MV5 instead of MB5 if using the above logic!

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.

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