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September 22 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)

Musicians:   Harmony Vocal:
Guitar:
Eddie Hinton Elvis Presley (Snowbird)
Guitar: Chip Young  
Drums: Jerry Carrigan  
Piano: David Briggs  
Bass: Norbert Putnam  
Organ / Harmonica: Charlie McCoy  

Warm Up (Instrumental)
  September 22 1970 (Tue)
Jam   1:53   Elvis Country (FTD)°°

Snowbird
ZPA4 1797
  September 22 1970 (Tue)
Rehearsal 0:51   Elvis Country (FTD)°°
Take 1 Complete 2:33   Elvis Country (FTD)°° (Extra dialog.)~Nashville Marathon (FTD)°°
~Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On°°~You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly
Country Volume 2°° (Listed as Undubbed Master)
Take 2 Complete 2:08   Elvis Country (FTD)°°~Country (Time Life Collection Volume 4)°°+Today,
Tomorrow & Forever 4°° (Count-In)+Unedited Masters - Nashville
Revisited (Venus)°° (Different Mix)
Take 3        
Take 4 FS 0:13   Elvis Country (FTD)°°
Take 5   0:08 (No Take) Elvis Country (FTD)°°
Take 6 (M)   (Undubbed Master)  
         
V.O. (M) 2:08 Harmony vocal overdub by Elvis
Pure Diamonds Volume 2°~Rough Cut Diamonds° (See note)
         
Overdub (M)   Backup vocal overdubs on Sept. 23  
Overdub M 2:04 String overdubs on October 27 (?) Comp. Elvis Presley Masters 21 (Sony)°°~Country Legend (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 18)°°~Elvis Country (FTD)°°~(24 Bit)°°
~Country (2006 - DSD)°°~70's Box 3°°

Where Did They Go, Lord
ZPA4 1798
  September 22 1970 (Tue)
Take 1 Complete
2:18   Elvis Country (FTD)°°~Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On°°
Take 2 FS+FS 0:26   Elvis Country (FTD)°°
Take 3 Complete 2:25   Elvis Country (FTD)°° (Count-In)~The Nashville Marathon (FTD)°°
~Unedited Masters - Nashville Revisited (Venus)°° (Listed as Take 1)
~Essential Elvis Volume 4°° (Listed as Take 1)
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6 (M) 2:37 (Undubbed Master) Pure Diamonds Volume 2°~Rough Cut Diamonds°~You Know, It Don't
Have To Be Strictly Country Volume 2°
         
Overdub (M)   Backup vocal overdubs on Sept. 22  
Overdub M 2:27 Additional backup V.O's on Sept. 23 Complete Elvis Presley Masters 21 (Sony)°°~Loves Lost (Franklin Mint
Complete Masters Collection 12)°°~Elvis Country (FTD)°°~Comp. Single
Collection 7°°~70's Box 1°°

Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
ZPA4 1799
  September 22 1970 (Tue)
Take 1 FS 1:42   Elvis Country (FTD)°° (Not Listed)
Take 2 (M) 4:36 (Unedited Undubbed Master) Essential Elvis Volume 4°°~Acetate°°~You Know, It Don't Have To Be
Strictly Country Volume 2°°
         
Overdub (M) 4:40 Horns overdubs on Oct. 12 (Not Used)
Elvis Country (FTD)°° (Rough Mix)~Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On°°
Edited M 3:02 (Horns eliminated & Edited) Complete Elvis Presley Masters 21 (Sony)°°~The King Of Rock 'n' Roll
(Franklin Mint Comp. Masters Collection 36)°°~Elvis Country (FTD)°°
~Elvis Country (24 Bit)°°~70's Box 3°°

Rags To Riches
ZPA4 1800
  September 22 1970 (Tue)
Rehearsal 2:09   Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
Take 1   0:59 (Talking Only) Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°° (Not Listed)
Take 2 Complete 2:00   Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°+The Nashville Marathon (FTD)°°
(Count-In)
Take 3 Complete 1:54 (Used for Spliced Master)
Unedited Masters - Nashville 1971 (Venus)°°~Essential Elvis Volume 4°°
(Edited)
Take 4 Complete 2:03 (Used for Spliced Master) For The Good Times°+Pure Diamonds Volume 2°~You Know, It Don't
Have To Be Strictly Country Volume 2°
         
V.O. (M) 1:55 Vocal Repair of Take 4
Complete Single Collection 7°°~70's Box 1°°~TTWII - Special Edition°°
         
Overdub Take 3 1:55 Backup vocal overdubs on Sept. 23 (Alternate Master ?) Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
         
Spliced (M)   Spliced - Take 4 with 'Vocal 'Repair'
& 1 line of Take 3
 
Overdub (M)   Piano 'Intro' added
(Undubbed Master)
 
Overdub M 1:57 Backup vocal overdubs on September 23 Elvis Aron Presley 3°°~Elvis The Collection Volume 4°°~Greatest Hits
(Readers Digest 7 LP Vinyl)°~Single°+Complete Elvis Presley Masters 21
(Sony)°°~The Ultimate Love Songs (Franklin Mint Complete Masters
Collection 25)°°~Elvis 75 CD3°°~Love Letters From Elvis (FTD)°°
(Different Edit)

Notes

The master of Rags To Riches is take 4 with a vocal repair on 'cuss me' (changed to 'kiss me'), spliced with the line 'tell me you're mine ever more' from take 3, along with a piano 'Intro' overdub. Problem is, the version masquerading as the master on the 70s box, Japanese singles collection box, and all current releases, is just the repaired take 4, without the line from take 3. Curiously it is also missing some backing vocal overdubs and the piano. The stereo mix on the silver box has the correct splice and piano and all backing vocals are present. The original mono single mix can be found on 'Hits Of The 70s' LP (UK, 1974) or the 1975 'Reader's Digest 7LP Greatest Hits' box, among others.

The correct 'Spliced Master' of Rags To Riches can be found on RCA's 'Elvis Aron Presley' box set, as well as 'Elvis - The Collection Volume 4'. A different splice ("...that I'm living for, hold me and kiss me, and tell me you're mine ever more" from take 3) can be found on FTD's 'Love Letters From Elvis' and 'Hits Of The 70s' Classic Albums, the 30 disc 'Complete Elvis Presley Masters' collection and the Sony/BMG release 'Elvis 75' as well as the 'Franklin Mint' set.

Take 3 of Rags To Riches on 'Essential Elvis Volume 4' is edited (mixed) to take out Elvis' falsetto voice at the end of the take - This also appears on the Venus release "Unedited Masters - Nashville 1971" as a bonus track where it's listed as being the undubbed master! Take 3 is complete on FTD's 'Love Letters From Elvis' Classic Album, but strangely it also contains backup vocal overdubs on this release too. It seems take 3 must have been considered to be the Master originally, and was overdubbed, before it was decided to use take 4 spliced with the line "tell me you're mine ever more..." from Take 3 as the Master.

Snowbird on 'Pure Diamonds Volume 2' and 'Rough Cut Diamonds' are both 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 'Elvis Country' 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.

Backup vocals were removed from Snowbird (September 23) before release.

"Sessions III" wrongly lists the undubbed master (Take 6) of Snowbird as being released on 'Country (Time Life Elvis Presley Collection Volume 4)'. It was actually Take 2 on that release, the same take that appeared on 'Today, Tomorrow & Forever', and later on FTD's 'Elvis Country' Classic Album.

'Sessions III' lists the date as being October 28 when Brass & Strings were overdubbed to Snowbird but there is no indication in the Session Log of Snowbird being overdubbed on this date. There is however, a log listing musicians for the unused Horn overdubs for Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, that also shows Snowbird as having Strings overdubbed by this date too. At the bottom right hand corner of the Session Log there is a hand written date "10/12" indicating a date of October 12 1970 for this overdub session.

Overdubbed Horns were removed from Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, at Elvis' insistence, before release.

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.

Session Logs
 
Recording Information
September 22 (Including Overdubs)
September 22 1970 (Including Overdubs)
 

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