The Japanese 24-Bit release of 'That's The Way
It Is' runs slow all the way through at differing
speeds between tracks, as opposed to the same
tracks on the Special Edition box set (BMG - 2000)
and FTD's 'That's The Way It Is' Classic Album.
The differences between tracks on the 24-Bit CD
are as follows:-
I Just Can't Help Believing (-1,3%)
Twenty Days And Twenty Nights (-1,6%)
How The Web Was Woven (-2,0%)
Patch It Up (-2,3%)
Mary In The Morning (-2,5%)
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (-2,9%)
You've Lost That Loving Feeling (-0,9%)
I've Lost You (-1,2%)
Just Pretend (-1,7%)
Stranger In The Crowd (-1,5%)
The Next Step Is Love (-1,9%)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (-2,5%)
How The Web Was Woven and Stranger
In The Crowd are not listed in 'Sessions III'
as having Backup Vocals overdubbed on June 22,
but the Masters contain female Backup Vocals as
well as Brass and Strings overdubs. June 22 would
be a likely date for Backup Vocal overdubs as
The Jordanaires were present on September 21 but
are not present on the final overdubbed masters.
'Sessions III' lists July 18 as being the date
when Brass & Strings were overdubbed to Bridge
Over Troubled Water, Got My Mojo Working
and I'll Never Know but I doubt this date
is correct for these overdubs. In the Session
Logs there is a listing dated July 7 that lists
all musicians used for these overdubs (as listed
in 'Sessions III'). At the bottom right hand corner
of the Session Log there is a date of what looks
to be "06/30" indicating a date of June
30 1970 for this overdub session.
The unrepaired master of Bridge Over Troubled
Water can be distinguished from the repaired
master by the lines "friends just can't bee-ee-ee found" (1:06) and "When e-eeevening falls"
(Approximately 2:00) among others, as the word
"Evening" is elongated on the repaired
master but is just sang normally on the unrepaired
Bridge Over Troubled Water and Got
My Mojo Working on "Pure Diamonds Volume
2" are probably just the left channel only
(centred) of a stereo acetate of the fully overdubbed
master. By eliminating the right channel on the
same tracks on 'Love Letters' and the '70's Box'
I was able to get the exact same results. This
is possible because backing vocals (and occasionally
strings) tend to be panned 100% right on the original
mixes from these sessions, so you can often eliminate
them by cutting out the right channel, with no
I'll Never Know, Mary In The Morning
and Stranger In The Crowd on the bootleg
"You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country
(Tracks 13, 14 & 12) along with "I'll
Never Know and Bridge Over Troubled Water
on the bootleg "You Know, It Don't Have To
Be Strictly Country - Volume 2" (Tracks 22
& 20) do not appear to be original mixes.
They are possibly just one channel only (centred
to mono) of stereo acetates of the fully overdubbed
masters which sound like they have been processed
to create a fake stereo effect - Electronically
The Master of Bridge Over Troubled Water
has an overdubbed applause on most releases, but
it was finally released without overdubbed applause
on 'Heart & Soul'. The low volume intro is
brought up to a natural level on 'That's The Way
It Is' (Special Edition - Box).
An edited (3:06) version of Bridge Over Troubled
Water, with omitted verse ("When you're
down and out, when you're on the streets. When
evening falls so hard, I will comfort you, I'll
take your part when the darkness falls and pain
is all around"), was released in 1987 on
the BMG Ariola release 'The Definitive Love Album'.
On the Venus release "Unedited Masters -
Nashville 1971" as a bonus track is Bridge
Over Troubled Water that is listed as being
overdubbed with no backing vocals, giving the
impression it is the master (Take 8). This is
in fact a slightly different mix of Take 5 that
first appeared on Essential Elvis Volume
The re-recording of Bridge Over Troubled Water
can found on the 2015 album 'If I Can Dream', which contained Elvis' original vocals but with new backings by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and which actually went to number one in the UK album charts.
The undubbed master of How The Web Was Woven
on 'Pure Diamonds Volume 4' has the left and right
Elvis can be heard fooling around with 'Mother
In Law' before Take 1 of I Got My Mojo Working
on 'Essential Elvis Volume 4'.
Take 1 of Got My Mojo Working on 'Essential
Elvis Volume 4' is edited to take out Elvis' "Mother
Fucker" profanity (around 3:25), it is complete
on FTD's 'Love Letters From Elvis' Classic Album.
The master of Stranger In The Crowd is
faded, the complete "Rough Mix" master
can be found on FTD's 'That's The Way It Is' Classic
Album, as well as the Venus bootleg "Unedited
Masters - Nashville 1970" where it also contains
the count-in and is in a slightly different mix.
The original title of the 'Love Letters From
Elvis' album was entitled 'Festival' and was going
to include the following songs - Hence the inclusion
of The Sound Of Your Cry and Sylvia
on FTD's 'Love Letters From Elvis' Classic Album:-
The Sound Of Your Cry
Got My Mojo Working / Keep Your Hands Off Of It
I'll Never Know
It Ain't No Big Thing
This Is Our Dance
Heart Of Rome
When I'm Over You
If I Were You
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 Adrian V Stokes regarding the edited
versions of songs on the BMG Ariola set of 'Definitive'
albums, and Christian Beiden for detailed analysis
of the two "You Know, It Don't Have To Be
Strictly Country" bootleg sets.