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June 6 / 7 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:   Harmony Vocal:
Guitar:
Elvis Presley Charlie Hodge (This Is Our Dance & Heart Of Rome)
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 (Just Pretend)  

I Didn't Make It On Playing Guitar (Instrumental)
WPA5 2583
  June 6 1970 (Sat)
Jam
4:08   Elvis Country (FTD)°°~Essential Elvis Volume 4°° (Faded - 3:41)+Whole
Lotta Shakin' Goin' On°°

It Ain't No Big Thing (But It's Growing)
ZPA4 1607
  June 6 / 7 1970 (Sat / Sun)
Take 1 FS+FS
1:01 (Guitar 'Intro') Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 3:04   Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°° (Count-In - Intro cut)~Unedited Masters
- Nashville Revisited (Venus)°° (Intro cut - Listed as Undubbed Master)
+Essential Elvis Volume 4°° +Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On°° (Intro
spliced from 1st FS of Take 1)
Take 3 FS 1:11 (Piano 'Intro') Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
Take 4 FS 0:24   Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
Take 5 FS 0:09   Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
Take 6 Complete 2:49   Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°° (Count-In)~Nashville Marathon (FTD)°°
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9 (M) 2:43
(Undubbed Master) Pure Diamonds Volume 2°+For The Good Times° (See Notes)
         
Overdub (M)   Backup vocal overdubs on June 22 ?
 
Overdub (M) 2:50 Brass & string overdubs on June 30 You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Volume 1° (No Backup
Vocals - See Notes)
Overdub (M)   Additional Backup V.O's on Oct. 1 ?  
Overdub M 2:48 Additional String overdubs on Oct. 27 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 20 (Sony)°°~Heartache (Franklin Mint
Comp. Masters Coll'n 6)°°~Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°~(20 Bit)°°
~Country (2006 - DSD)°°~70's Box 3°°+Unedited Masters - Nashville
Revisited (Venus)°° (Count-In & Different Mix)

You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
ZPA4 1608
  June 6 / 7 1970 (Sat / Sun)
Rehearsal 2:44+   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°° (Composite)
Take 1 FS
0:16   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 2:55   Unedited Masters - Nashville Revisited (Venus)°° (Listed as Undubbed
Master)~Essential Elvis Volume 4°°~That's The Way It Is - Deluxe Edition 1°°
(2:30)+That's The Way It Is (FTD)°° (Count-In & Extra Dialogue)
Take 3 (M) 2:30 (Undubbed Master) Rough Cut Diamonds° (See Notes)
         
Overdub M 2:35 Brass & string overdubs on June 30 That's The Way It Is - Deluxe Edition 1°°~The Complete Elvis Presley
Masters 20 (Sony)°°~Songs Of The Seventies (Franklin Mint Complete
Masters Collection 3)°°~Elvis 75 CD3°° (Listed as June 10 1972)~That's
The Way It Is (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~Heart & Soul (DSD)°°~Comp. Single
Collection 7°°~That's The Way It Is CD1°°~70's Box 1°°+You Know,
It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Volume 1°~Acetate° (Different Mixes
- See Notes)+Unedited Masters - Nashville 1970 (Venus)°° (Additional
notes at beginning)+That's The Way It Is - Deluxe Ed'n 1° (Single Version)

Just Pretend
ZPA4 1609
  June 6 / 7 1970 (Sat / Sun)
Take 1 FS 0:18   That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 4:28   Essential Elvis Volume 4°°+That's The Way It Is (FTD)°° (Count-In &
Extra Dialogue)
Take 3 (M) 4:08 (Undubbed Master) You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Vol. 1°~Pure Diamonds
Volume 1°~Rough Cut Diamonds° (Count-In - See Notes)
         
Overdub (M)   Band overdubs on June 9 ?
 
Overdub (M)   Backup vocal overdubs on June 22
 
Overdub M 4:13 Brass & string overdubs on June 30 That's The Way It Is - Deluxe Edition 1°°~The Complete Elvis Presley
Masters 20 (Sony)°°~Loves Lost (Franklin Mint Complete Masters
Collection 12)°°~That's The Way It Is (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°~That's The
Way It Is CD1°° (4:04)+Unedited Masters - Nashville 1970 (Venus)°°
(Count-In)

This Is Our Dance
ZPA4 1610
  June 6 / 7 1970 (Sat / Sun)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6 LFS
0:35   Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
Take 7 LFS 0:42   Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
Take 8   0:15+   Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°° (Count-In & Dialogue - Not Listed)
Take 9 LFS 1:31 (Followed by Rehearsal) Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
Take 10 Reh'sal 0:26   Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°° (Count-In & Rehearsal - Not Listed)
Take 11 (M) 3:16 (Undubbed Master) Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°~Unedited Masters - Nashville 1970
(Venus)°° (Listed as Backup VO)+You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly
Country Volume 1°~Pure Diamonds Volume 1°~Rough Cut Diamonds° (See Notes)
         
Overdub (M) 3:14 Backup vocal overdubs on June 22
 
Overdub (M)   Brass & string overdubs on June 30  
Overdub M 3:16 Additional String overdubs on Oct. 27 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 20 (Sony)°°~In The Mood (Franklin Mint
Comp. Masters Coll'n 24)°°~Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°~(20 Bit)°°

Life
ZPA4 1613
  June 6 / 7 1970 (Sat / Sun)
Take 1 LFS 1:49 (Preceded by Rehearsal) Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°° (0:39)+Unedited Masters - Nashville
Revisited (Venus)°°
Take 2 Complete 4:18 (Preceded by Rehearsal) Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°~Unedited Masters - Nashville Revisited
(Venus)°°~Today Tomorrow & Forever 4°° (Complete Only - 3:15)
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10 Complete 3:03   Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°° (With Dialogue)~The Nashville
Marathon (FTD)°°
Take 11        
Take 12        
Take 13        
Take 14        
Take 15        
Take 16 Complete      
Take 17        
Take 18        
Take 19        
Take 20 (M) 3:10   You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Vol. 1°+Pure Diamonds
Volume 1°~Rough Cut Diamonds° (Count-In - See Notes)
         
Overdub (M)   Backup vocal overdubs on June 22
 
Overdub (M)   Brass & string overdubs on June 30  
Overdub M 3:16 Additional String overdubs on Oct. 27 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 20 (Sony)°°~Moved By Faith (Franklin
Mint Comp. Masters Collection 13)°°~I Believe - The Gospel Masters 3°°
~Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°~(20 Bit)°°~Comp Single Collection 7°°
~Peace In The Valley 1°°~70's Box 1°°+Unedited Masters - Nashville
Revisited (Venus)°° (Not Listed - Count-in & Different Mix)
+Single°~Rare Elvis Vol. 3° (Different Ending & Mix)

Heart Of Rome
  June 6 / 7 1970 (Sat / Sun)
Take 1 Complete 3:27   Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°° (Count-In)~Nashville Marathon (FTD)°°
Take 2 Complete 3:25 (Preceded by Rehearsal)
Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 2:51 (Used for Composite Master) Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°

Heart Of Rome (Work Part)
  June 6 / 7 1970 (Sat / Sun)
Take 1 (M) 1:41 (Used for Composite Master) Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°° (Not Listed)

Heart Of Rome (Composite)
   
Spliced (M) 2:55 Composite of Take 3 & Work Part
Take 1 (End)
(Undubbed Master)
Our Memories Of Elvis (FTD - 3)°° (See Note)~Our Memories Of Elvis
Volume 3 (Victrola)°~More Pure Elvis° (Too slow - 3:04)+Pure Diamonds
Volume 1°~Rough Cut Diamonds° (Count-In - See Notes)+You Know, It
Don't Have To Be Strictly Country Volume 1°°

Overdub Take 3 2:52 Brass & string overdubs on July 20 Unedited Masters - Nashville Revisited (Venus)°°
Overdub WP-1 1:40 Brass & string overdubs on July 20 Unedited Masters - Nashville Revisited (Venus)°°

Heart Of Rome (Composite Overdub)
ZPA4 1614
   
Overdub M 2:56 Composite of overdub of Take 3
and overdub of Work Part Take 1
Complete Elvis Presley Masters 20 (Sony)°°~In The Mood (Franklin Mint
Comp. Masters Coll'n 24)°°~Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°~(20 Bit)°°
+Complete Single Collection 7°°~70's Box 1°°~Single° (Different Mix)

Notes

The undubbed masters on 'Our Memories Of Elvis' weren't really the pure undubbed masters. They were the fully overdubbed or regular masters but with certain instruments and backing vocal channels removed or stripped down.

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%)

On the Sony/BMG set 'Elvis 75' You Don't Have To Say You Love Me is listed as being the live performance from Madison Square Garden on June 10 1972, but it's actually the studio version from this session that is on the set.

Elvis can be heard fooling around with Mother In Law before Take 2 of It Ain't No Big Thing on ''A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On'', but this was edited in and is not actually part of take 2.

It Ain't No Big Thing (But It's Growing) is not listed in 'Sessions III' as having Backup Vocals overdubbed on June 22 or September 21, but the Master contains 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 master.

Although not listed on the cover or in the booklet, the count-in for Take 8 and a brief Rehearsal (Take 10) of This Is Our Dance can be found on FTD's 'Love Letters From Elvis' Classic Album.

On FTD's 'Love Letters From Elvis' Classic Album there is what is listed as being Heart Of Rome - Take 3 'Undubbed Master', but what we get in fact is the unedited Take 3 along with the unlisted Workpart Take 1. The (Spliced) 'Undubbed Master' does not appear on this release.

The "Undubbed Masters" of some songs that appear on 'Pure Diamonds Volume 1' and 'Rough Cut Diamonds' (along with Heart Of Rome on 'Tiger Man Volume 2' - not listed as source) are all 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 BMG releases 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.

It Ain't No Big Thing, You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, Just Pretend, This Is Our Dance and Life on the bootleg "You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country (Tracks 15 - 19) 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!

Just Pretend possibly had overdubs on June 9.

'Sessions III' lists July 18 as being the date when Brass & Strings were overdubbed to It Ain't No Big Thing, You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, Just Pretend, This Is Our Dance and Life 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.

'Sessions III' also lists the date as being October 28 when additional Brass & Strings were overdubbed to It Ain't No Big Thing, This Is Our Dance and Life but this is the date of the listing of the Session Log. At the bottom right hand corner of the Session Log there is a hand written date "10/27/70" indicating a date of October 27 1970 for this overdub session.

The original mono single version of Life had as slightly different ending to the same master found on CD, but this is probably down to 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 Christian Beiden for detailed analysis of the two "You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country" bootleg sets.

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Recording Information
June 6 1970 (Including Overdubs)
June 6 1970 (Including Overdubs)
 

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