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June 5 / 6 1970
(+ 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)

RCA Studio B - Nashville, Tennessee
Producer: Felton Jarvis
Engineer: Al Pachucki
(6.00pm - 9.00pm / 10.00pm - 1.00am / 1.30am - 4.30am)

Musicians:   Backup Vocals:
Guitar:
Elvis Presley NA
Guitar: James Burton  
Guitar: Chip Young  
Guitar: Charlie Hodge  
Drums: Jerry Carrigan  
Piano: David Briggs  
Bass: Norbert Putnam  
Organ / Harmonica: Charlie McCoy  
Marimba: Charlie McCoy (Bridge Over Troubled Water)  

Bridge Over Troubled Water
ZPA4 1600
  June 5 / 6 1970 (Fri / Sat)
Rehearsal
0:50   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°° (0:33)+That's The Way It Is - Deluxe Ed'n 1°°
Take 1 Complete
4:58   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°+The Nashville Marathon (FTD)°° (Extra
Dialogue)~That's The Way It Is - Deluxe Edition 1°° (4:40)
Take 2 FS 0:26   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5 Complete 4:40   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°° (Count-In)~Unedited Masters - Nashville
1971 (Venus)°°+Essential Elvis Vol. 4°°~Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On°°
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8 (M) 4:29 (Undubbed Unrepaired Master)
You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Vol. 1°°~Pure Diamonds
Volume 4°°
         
Overdub (M)   Band overdubs on June 9  
Overdub (M)   Backup vocal overdubs on June 22  
V.O. (M) 4:29 Vocal repairs & Harmony V.O. on
June 23
You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Volume 1°°~Acetate°°
Overdub (M) 4:29 Brass & string overdubs on June 30 You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Volume 2°° (See Notes)
+Pure Diamonds Volume 2°~For The Good Times° (See Notes)
Overdub (M) 4:29 Additional backup V.O's on Oct. 1 Elvis Inspirational (DSD)°°~Heart & Soul (DSD)°°~70's Box 3°°
Overdub M 4:39 (With overdubbed applause) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 19 (Sony)°°~The Nashville Sessions
(Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Coll. 27)°°~That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
~That's The Way It Is (24 Bit)°°+That's The Way It Is CD1°°~That's The
Way It Is - Deluxe Edition 1°°+The Definitive Love Album°° (Edited)

Got My Mojo Working / Keep Your Hands Off Of It
ZPA4 1601
  June 5 / 6 1970 (Fri / Sat)
Take 1 (M)
5:34 (Unedited Undubbed Master)
Essential Elvis Volume 4°° (Edited)+Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
(Extra Dialogue)
Edit (M) 4:17 (Edited Undubbed Master) Pure Diamonds Volume 4°° (Too fast)
         
Overdub (M)   Backup vocal overdubs on June 22  
Overdub (M) 4:37 Brass & string overdubs on June 30 Pure Diamonds Volume 2° (See note)
Overdub (M) 5:37 Additional brass overdubs on July 20
(Unedited Master)
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On°° (5:08)~You Know, It Don't Have To Be
Strictly Country Vol. 1°°~Tape°° (5:13)+Unedited Masters - Nashville '70
(Venus)°° (Unedited - With additional dialogue at end)
Faded M 4:36 (Master Faded) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 19 (Sony)°°~Rhythm & Blues (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 9)°°~Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
~Love Letters From Elvis (20 Bit)°°~70's Box 3°° (4:34)

How The Web Was Woven
ZPA4 1602
  June 5 / 6 1970 (Fri / Sat)
Take 1 Reh'sal+ 1:25   The Nashville Marathon (FTD)°° (Last Part)+That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
  Complete 3:30   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°~The Nashville Marathon (FTD)°°~That's The
Way It Is - Deluxe Edition 1°°
Take 2        
Take 3 (M) 3:23 (Undubbed Master) Pure Diamonds Volume 4°°
         
Overdub (M) 3:25 Backup vocal overdubs on June 22 ? You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Volume 1°~Acetate°
V.O. (M) 3:13 Brass & string overdubs on July 20 Acetate°° (Too fast - No Backing Vocals)
Overdub (M)   Additional string overdubs on July 20  
Overdub M 3:28 Additional string overdubs on July 22 That's The Way It Is - Deluxe Edition 1°°~The Complete Elvis Presley
Masters 19 (Sony)°°~The Ultimate Love Songs (Franklin Mint Complete
Masters Collection 25)°°~That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°
~That's The Way It Is CD1°°~70's Box 1°°

It's Your Baby, You Rock It
ZPA4 1603
  June 5 / 6 1970 (Fri / Sat)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3 Complete 4:01 (Alternate Master) Elvis Country (FTD)°° (Extra dialogue)+The Nashville Marathon (FTD)°°
(Different Mix - 3:12)+Unedited Masters - Nashville 1970 (Venus)°°
(Different Mix - 3:15)
Take 4   0:07+   Unedited Masters - Nashville 1970 (Venus)°° (Count-In only - Not Listed)
Take 5 (M) 3:11 (Undubbed Master) You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Vol 1°°~Pure Diamonds
Volume 1°°+Behind Closed Doors (Vinyl)°° (Different Mixes - Edited)
         
Overdub (M) 3:12 Backup vocal overdubs on June 22 Unedited Masters - Nashville Revisited (Venus)°°
Faded M 3:01 (Master Faded) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 19 (Sony)°°~Country Legend (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 18)°°~Elvis Country (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°
~70's Box 3°°

Stranger In The Crowd
ZPA4 1604
  June 5 / 6 1970 (Fri / Sat)
Take 1 Reh'sal+ 1:04 "Tonight, Carmen" Essential Elvis Vol. 4°° (Not listed - Before 'A Hundred Years From Now')
+Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On°° (Not listed - End of 'Cindy, Cindy')
+That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
  FS 0:10   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
Take 2 FS 0:12   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°° (Not Listed)
Take 3 FS 0:17   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
Take 4 LFS 0:57 (Followed by Rehearsal) That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
Take 5 LFS 1:50   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
Take 6   0:18+   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°° (Announcement only - Not Listed)
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9 (M) 4:05 (Undubbed Master) Pure Diamonds Volume 1°~Rough Cut Diamonds°
         
         
Overdub (M)   Backup V.O's on June 22?
 
Overdub (M) 4:35 Brass & string overdubs on July 20
(Unedited Master)
That's The Way It Is (FTD)°° (Rough Mix Master)+Unedited Masters -
Nashville 1970 (Venus)°°
Faded M 3:49 (Master Faded) That's The Way It Is - Deluxe Edition 1°°~The Complete Elvis Presley
Masters 19 (Sony)°°~The Nashville Sessions (Franklin Mint Complete
Masters Collection 27)°°~That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°
~That's The Way It Is CD1°°~70's Box 3°°+You Know, It Don't Have To
Be Strictly Country Volume 1°~Acetate° (Different Mixes - See Notes)

I'll Never Know
ZPA4 1605
  June 5 / 6 1970 (Fri / Sat)
Take 1 Complete
3:10 (Preceded by Rehearsal)
"Mother Fucker"
Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°+The Nashville Marathon (FTD)°°
(2:16 - Edited)
Take 2 LFS 2:21 (Preceded by Rehearsal) Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 3:13 (Preceded by Rehearsal) Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7 (M) 2:24 (Undubbed Master) Pure Diamonds Volume 1°~Rough Cut Diamonds° (See Notes)
         
Overdub (M)   Backup vocal overdubs on June 22  
Overdub (M) 2:26 Brass & string overdubs on June 30 You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Volume 1°~You Know,
It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Volume 2° (No Backing Vocals -
See Notes)
Overdub M 2:25 Additional backup V.O's on Oct. 1 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 19 (Sony)°°~In The Mood (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 24)°°~Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
~Love Letters From Elvis (20 Bit)°°+That's The Way It Is - Special
Edition°° (Different Mix)

Mary In The Morning
ZPA4 1606
  June 5 / 6 1970 (Fri / Sat)
Take 1 FS 0:30   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
Take 2 LFS 1:33   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
Take 3 FS 1:15 (Preceded by Rehearsal) The Nashville Marathon (FTD)°° (Not listed)+That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
Take 4 Complete 4:25   The Nashville Marathon (FTD)°°+That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
Take 5 (M) 4:10 (Undubbed Master) Rough Cut Diamonds°+You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country
Volume 1° (Count-In - See Notes)
         
Overdub (M) 3:56 Brass & string overdubs on July 20 Acetate°° (Too Fast)
Overdub (M) 4:25 Backup V.O's on October 1 Unedited Masters - Nashville 1970 (Venus)°° (Count-In)
Faded M 4:10 (Master Faded) That's The Way It Is - Deluxe Edition 1°°~The Complete Elvis Presley
Masters 19 (Sony)°°~The Ultimate Love Songs (Franklin Mint Complete
Masters Collection 25)°°~That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°+(24 Bit)°°
~That's The Way It Is CD1°°~70's Box 3°°

Notes

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 line "When evening falls" (Approximately 1:50) among others, as the word "Evening" is elongated on the repaired master but is just sang normally on the unrepaired master.

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 discernable bleed.

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 Produced Stereo!

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 4’.

The undubbed master of How The Web Was Woven on 'Pure Diamonds Volume 4' has the left and right channels swapped.

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
Cindy, Cindy
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
Sylvia
Love Letters

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.

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June 5 1970
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